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Production GMAW Welder

Program Code:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018
Accelerated Delivery?

About the Program

The objective of the Production GMAW Welding program is to provide the student with a combination of theory and hands-on training sufficient to prepare them to obtain employment and succeed as a production welder in a manufacturing environment. The program will be comprised of 4 courses totaling 195 hours of classroom and practical instruction. The focus of this vocational program will be welding skills development using the GMAW-SC and GMAW-SP processes on different thicknesses of carbon steel in a variety of positions. In addition to GMAW weld practical skills students will learn engineered drawings (including weld symbols), and GMAW weld theory. They will also prepare for and complete a CWB weld skills test in the flat position.
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Program Information

Length: Twelve-week Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Brantford - September/2017 - Fall
         Brantford - October/2017 - Fall
         Brantford - January/2018 - Winter
Location: Guelph, Brantford
Start: Varies
First-Year Capacity: 15

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is not available for this program.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates may choose to pursue a position as a production welder or consider an apprenticeship in the welding or metal fabricating industries.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1337)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
DRWG1325 Engineering Drawing Interpretation

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles and concepts of technical drawings. Emphasis will be placed on basic drafting in orthographic projections, sections, dimensioning and tolerancing, notes, specifications, and welding symbols to prepare the student for the interpretation of welded fabrication engineering drawings.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

WELD1655 Semi-Automatic Welding I

Description: This course will develop basic welding skills with the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process (commonly referred to as "MIG" welding). Techniques will be developed for producing fillet welds in all welding positions while groove welds will be produced in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

WELD1730 Semi Automatic Welding II

Description: This course will further develop Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) skills. Students will have additional practice making fillet and groove welds using GMAW-SC and GMAW-SP processes.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

WELD1790 CWB Pre-Testing

Description: This course is designed for experienced welders wanting to prepare for the necessary test plate(s) using the proper techniques in GMAW to obtain a Canadian Welding Bureau ticket.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

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For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

How to Apply to the Program

Domestic students complete a program application form.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


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