Metal Fabricator (Apprenticeship)
About the Program
The Metal Fabricator program provides the apprentice with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of metal fabrication together with the practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training with an employer.
See Apprenticeship - General Information.
Length: 720-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
- Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (M.T.C.U) and may be required to be a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Trades.
- Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099.
- Conestoga College delivers the in-school component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). In addition, MTCU requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on the job.
- Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the business or industry in which they are employed or expect to be employed.
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last two to five years, depending on the program. About 90% of the apprentice's time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of the trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.
Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson
Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.
Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.
Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.
Tuition & Fees
Fees set by MTCU as per Offer of Classroom Training
*Books and parking fees are additional.
*Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
*You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.
Graduates are employed in construction and manufacturing sectors as fabricators, fitters and fitter-welders. Some graduates may specialize in layout and piece part cutting and forming while others will also work in fitting and welding capacities.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pre-Certification of Qualification
If you have more than five years of experience working in a trade-specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification. For more information on eligibility criteria or to arrange to speak to an Apprenticeship Training Consultant, contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. Many Ontario colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam. These also serve as excellent refresher courses.
For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination, check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at www.conestogac.on.ca or contact 519-824-9390 ext 6148.
Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: www.conestogac.on.ca/caa/testing/exemption.jsp
- Apply safe practices in the operation of welding and metal fabrication operations.
- Select and use appropriate measuring, hand and power tools for welding and metal fabrication operations.
- Perform mathematical calculations required in welding and metal fabrication operations.
- Interpret engineering drawings to select, cut and form metal shapes for fabrication and to perform welding joint preparation and procedures as required by welding symbols.
- Explain applications, procedure variable and fundamentals of welding processes including Brazing, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc Welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding.
- Identify welding and fabrication defects and take corrective action to prevent recurrence.
- Perform welding to meet the quality requirements of the CSA Structural Welding Standard W59.03 using the Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding processes in all welding positions.
- Select, set-up and perform thermal cutting processes on metals using the Oxy-Fuel Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting and Carbon Arc Gouging processes.
- Explain the application of inspection and testing methods used to assess the quality of welded structures and apply visual and dimensional measuring inspection techniques to assess fabrication and weld quality.
- Identify metal types and classification systems used and explain appropriate welding and fabrication methods based on the metal properties.
- Select and use metal fabrication cutting and forming machines and equipment to produce specified piece parts and fabrication structures.
- Plan fabrication assembly operations through drawing analysis and specification review, then producing Bill of Materials and process plans for material cutting, forming and assembly.
- Produce patterns and templates for a variety of metal fabrication components and shapes through layout development techniques for components including transition joints, cones and intersecting shapes and structures.
- Identify methods used to effectively prepare fabrication assemblies for shipment to customer and installation on-site.
Registration occurs after an employer is found. At that time the employer or apprentice may call the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office to request registration and have a contract prepared. Once you are a registered apprentice and have received your Offer of Classroom Training Form, classroom training fees apply. Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP. You may also view the apprenticeship website at: www.apprenticesearch.com
For more information, call the Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.