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Welding and Fabrication Technician

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Engineering & Information Technology
Program Code:
0046
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
CA
Academic Year:
2016 / 2017

About the Program

In the Welding and Fabrication Technician diploma program, students will develop the broad base of knowledge and skills required for the layout, preparation, forming, fitting, joining, and inspection of welded fabrications.

Students will have the opportunity to study in the outstanding modern facilities at the Cambridge campus, where they will spend much of their time developing and applying their skills in a well-equipped, full-sized welding and fabrication shop. Students learn to follow metal fabrication projects from the computer-aided engineering drawing (CAD) stage, through the cutting and forming processes of piece parts, to the fitting, welding and inspection of fabrications. Students also have the opportunity to use conventional and computer numerical controlled (CNC) fabrication equipment programmed through the use of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop welding skills with the common arc welding processes such as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW or stick), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW or MIG), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW or TIG). Opportunities to challenge welding skills qualification tests as required by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) and or the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) will be provided. (Extra fees payable to these external weld testing authorities will apply; these tests are optional.)

For more information contact the Program Coordinator at welding@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Cambridge - September/2016 (Waitlist) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 20

Note:

Learn about the pathways available between Conestoga welding programs by reading the Canadian Welding Association Journal article entitled ‘Building Pathways in Welding Technology Education'.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for Welding and Fabrication Technician - Program # 0046

Cambridge - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Cambridge - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for
Welding and Fabrication Technician - Program # 0046


Cambridge - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Cambridge - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be well suited to enter the welding and fabrication industry as qualified welders and fitters and also seek opportunities to become an apprentice in several related ‘Red-Seal' trades such as Welder (456A), Metal Fabricator - Fitter (437A), Construction Boilermaker (428A), or Ironworker (420A).

With work experience and additional testing, graduates may earn certification with the Canadian Welding Bureau as a welding inspector or welding supervisor.

100% of 2013-2014 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

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
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMP1220 Computer Applications

Description: This introductory course will enable the learner to effectively use PC-based software. The learner will use Windows commands to manipulate files. The learner will communicate using word processing, spreadsheet, CAD and presentation software, and combinations of the three to prepare effective documentation.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DRWG1497 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
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS1540 Student Success for Higher Learning

Description: This course enables students to develop skills that will enhance their success in college. Students will identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for success in their academic and personal lives.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1455 Trade Calculations I

Description: This course is an applications oriented mathematics course in which the student utilizes basic mathematical operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals and fractions. In addition, students will use both the imperial and System International when solving problems in linear measurement, area, volume and mass. This course is designed to develop a proficiency in mathematics necessary for subsequent courses in Metal Fabrication and Welding Technology.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WELD1360 Welding Process Theory I

Description: This theoretical course will begin with an introduction to welding, health and safety issues, welding history and applications. The next topics will introduce the principles and applications of the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process and gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process fundamentals.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WELD1645 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I

Description: This course will develop basic welding skills with the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process, commonly referred to as "stick" 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 with a variety of electrode types.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WELD1660 Thermal Cutting and Brazing

Description: In this course, the student will be introduced to the safe set-up and use of thermal cutting processes for the cutting, piercing, beveling and gouging of various metals. Theoretical study and hands-on practice will stress safety and quality using oxy-fuel cutting, welding and brazing, plasma arc cutting, and air-carbon arc cutting and gouging processes.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DRWG1855 CAD for Fabrication Technology

Description: In this course the student will be introduced to computer-aided drafting (CAD) and create piece part and assembly drawings of welded fabrications. The application of welding symbols and the writing of Bills of Materials will also be included in the course.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: DRWG1497
CoRequisites:

MATH1485 Trade Calculations II

Description: This course is a follow-up to Technical Calculations I, furthering the student's ability to solve trade-related mathematical problems utilizing algebra and trigonometry. The course is designed to enhance problem solving skills. In this course, students will be provided with a practical working knowledge in solving trade-related mathematical problems. The course covers both vocational (job oriented) and generic skills (written, analytical and problem-solving).
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: MATH1455
CoRequisites:

WELD1670 Welding Processes Theory II

Description: This theoretical course will introduce the principles and applications of the major welding processes, including gas metal arc welding (GMAW), metal cored arc welding (MCAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW) as well as the gas tungsten arc welding process (GTAW). In addition, the student will be introduced to the basic filler metals and shielding gases used with these major welding processes.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: WELD1360
CoRequisites:

WELD1680 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II

Description: This course will further develop Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) skills with additional practice making fillet and groove welds in all positions. Welding qualification tests will be practiced on groove weld assemblies with backing bars, followed by bend testing to assess quality.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: WELD1645
CoRequisites:

WELD1695 Semi-Automatic Welding II

Description: This course will further develop Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) skills and introduce the Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Metal Cored Arc Welding (MCAW) processes. Students will have additional practice making fillet and groove welds in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions. Welding qualification tests will be practiced on groove weld assemblies with backing bars, followed by bend testing to assess quality.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: WELD1655
CoRequisites:

WELD1700 Welding Quality and Inspection

Description: Welding quality will be studied from a perspective of defect identification and reviewing cause, effect and corrective actions for various defects. In addition, causes and control methods for warpage and distortion in welded fabrication will also be reviewed.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WELD1715 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Description: This course will develop basic welding skills with the GTAW process, commonly referred to as "TIG" welding. Techniques will be developed for producing fillet and groove welds in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions on both mild steel and aluminum materials.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WELD1950 Introduction to Metal Fabrication

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the concepts of basic metal fabrication methods and principles. Emphasis will be placed on safety and on the proper selection, use and care of hand measuring and power tools. In addition, the student will be operating metal fabrication machines including plate shears, press brake and plate rolls.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: WELD1660
CoRequisites:

Level 3
DRWG2230 CAD/CAM for Fabrication Technology I

Description: In this course the student will continue to develop computer-aided design (CAD) skills for welded fabrications. Through the introduction of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, the student will be introduced to methods of importing and modifying CAD files for use on industrial fabrication machinery. The student will be introduced to concepts of job nesting and optimization, basic software output reports and manipulation of the cutting or forming sequences.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: DRWG1855
CoRequisites:

DRWG2240 Pattern and Template Development

Description: This course provides the student with several methods for layout-developing and pattern-making for a variety of geometric shapes, such as cones, hoppers, pipe intersections and transitions. The student will develop the ability to layout templates and patterns using radial and parallel line methods. Methods will include interpretation of drawings, use of layout and measuring tools and application of formulae to ensure accuracy and functionality to meet specified tolerances. An introduction to computer software to solve complex surface development problems will be included.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: WELD1950
CoRequisites:

MATH2310 Trade Calculations III

Description: This course builds on knowledge and skills acquired in Trade Calculations I & II and is designed to enhance problem solving skills. Students will apply mathematical knowledge to solving practical problems in trades science, welding quality assurance, metal fabrication shop operations, and cost estimating.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WELD2440 Metal Fabrication Theory I

Description: This course will provide the student with the theoretical background to safely and effectively set-up and operate metal cutting and forming equipment. The cutting equipment studied will include a heavy duty metal shear and a multi-torch CNC thermal cutting table. The forming equipment studied will include heavy duty press brakes and metal turning rolls. In addition, students will do process planning from engineering drawings and write route sheets detailing the fabrication processes and sequence used in example case studies.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: WELD1950
CoRequisites:

WELD2450 Welding Qualification I

Description: During this course, students will practice welding test plates for standard CSA structural welding tests with backing (‘S'-classification). The students will then attempt to pass one or more tests with all position SMAW, all position GMAW-Short Circuiting, flat position GMAW-Spray Arc, or all position FCAW. These tests will be administered and inspected as required by CSA W47.1, with visual inspection and bend testing of weld test plates. Optional fees payable to the Canadian Welding Bureau may apply.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: WELD1680
CoRequisites:

WELD2460 Metal Fabrication Techniques I

Description: Sheet metal and light structural fabrications will be produced in this practical shop class. Thermal metal cutting methods used will include manual and mechanized oxy-fuel cutting, plasma-arc cutting and carbon arc gouging. Mechanical cutting methods used will include hand tools, ironworkers, drills and bandsaws. Students will use measuring and layout tools and prepare parts for fitting and tacking.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: WELD1950
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
DRWG2250 CAD/CAM for Fabrication Technology II

Description: In this course the student will continue to develop computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) skills for fabrication operations. The student will apply CAD/CAM knowledge to real-world fabrication projects. An introduction to three-dimensional, feature-based modeling will develop the skills required to sketch practical fabricated components and to generate templates and flat patterns automatically for manipulation within cutting or forming sequences.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WELD2470 Metal Fabrication Theory II

Description: This course will develop an understanding of project planning for fabrication and installation by studying and applying drawing interpretation, codes and standards, cost estimating and compliance with regulations as well as client completion schedules. The course will also introduce the basic design of jigs and fixtures for weldments and the options for mechanization and automation of welding processes for cost effective operations.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: WELD2440
CoRequisites:

WELD2480 Welding Qualification II

Description: During this course, students will practice welding test plates for standard welding tests with backing or open roots. The students will then attempt to pass the test for one or more tests with all position SMAW, all position GMAW-Short Circuiting, flat position GMAW-Spray Arc, or all position FCAW. These tests will be administered and inspected as required by CSA W47.1 or the ASME Section IX, with visual inspection and bend testing of weld test coupons. Optional fees payable to the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) or the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) may apply.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WELD2490 Metal Fabrication Techniques II

Description: This course will provide the "hands on" skills to fabricate a wide variety of projects from light gauge to heavy structural steel weldments. In addition to the hand tools and small power tools introduced in early courses, this course will also integrate the CNC thermal cutting table, press brake, turning rolls, and plate shear. Students will work with a wide variety of equipment and processes to measure, cut, form, fit and tack fabrication projects to engineering drawing requirements. The students will also be working with material handling equipment including overhead cranes and jib cranes. An efficient, safe and cooperative approach will be expected during the completion of individual and group projects.
Hours: 120
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites: WELD2460
CoRequisites:

WELD2500 Metal Fabrication Rigging and Installation

Description: This course will provide the student with an understanding of the requirements for preparing a fabrication project for shipping to the client or construction. The process of site installation and erection by safe, efficient lifting and rigging as well as exposure to the application of fall protection regulations and equipment will also be covered.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WELD2510 Metal Fabrication Materials and Quality

Description: Building upon the fundamentals covered in earlier courses, this course is designed to provide the student with a broader understanding metallurgy and the selection of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys commonly used in the metal fabrication industry. The identification of base metals, alloy numbering systems, and the selection of welding filler metals to meet welding specification requirements will be included. Also included will be the study and application of common welding codes and standards as they apply to the metal fabrication industry and the creation of welding procedure documentation (ASME and CSA styles) and basic weldment inspection reports. The various common methods for non-destructive evaluation will be covered in both theory and through laboratory applications or demonstrations. Other laboratory activities will include metallographic sample preparation for welds and the destructive testing of welds for procedure and performance qualifications.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: WELD1700
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

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Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Cambridge Wait List
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