Welding Techniques

2017/18 Program Handbook

Program Code: 1193
School of Engineering and Information Technology

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

Program Handbook Guidelines

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition. 

Program Staff Contact Information

Welcome

Welcome to the School of Engineering and Information Technology

Conestoga offers a full range of engineering and information technology programs to suit your interests and career aspirations. Within these there are one year certificate (both foundational and post-diploma), two and three year diploma, and four year bachelor's degree programs. Pathways exist within these allowing for students to reach their full potential.

All of our programs incorporate active learning that may include project-based learning, co-operative education, case studies and capstone projects. Active learning allows students to apply theory to practice during their studies and results in a graduate who is better prepared for the real work world. Employers like this, which is why the School of Engineering & Information Technology has a history of excellent graduate and co-op placement rates.

Sincerely,

Julia Biedermann, PhD, PEng
Executive Dean

Program Administration and Faculty

Executive Dean – Engineering–Technology–Trades
Julia Biedermann, PhD, P.Eng.
A2205-4 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3212
jbiedermann@conestogac.on.ca

Administrative Assistant to Executive Dean:
Rebecca Dougherty
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4573
rdougherty@conestogac.on.ca

Program Chair
Calin Stoicoiu, P. Eng.
A2205-5 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2272
cstoicoiu@conestogac.on.ca

Administrative Assistant to Program Chair:
Fatima Armas
A2205 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3342
farmas@conestogac.on.ca 

Program Assistant
Ryan Huckle
A2205 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3363
rhuckle@conestogac.on.ca

Program Coordinators
Jim Galloway B.A.Sc., C.E.T.
Program Coordinator
Welding Techniques & Welding and Fabrication Technician Programs
Cambridge A3225
519-748-5220 ext. 4515
jgalloway@conestogac.on.ca

Joe Barnes
Program Coordinator
Welding Engineering Technology & Coop Programs
Cambridge A3225
519-748-5220 ext. 4512
Jbarnes1@conestogac.on.ca

Program Faculty

Josh Hyde
Welding Department Faculty
Cambridge Campus A3225
519-748-5220 ext. 4517
jhyde@conestogac.on.ca

Tom Hood
Welding Department Faculty
Cambridge Campus A3225
519-748-5220 ext. 4519
thood@conestogac.onca

Greg McLarty
Welding Department Faculty
Cambridge Campus A3225
519-748-5220 ext. 4524
gmclarty@conestogac.on.ca

Steve Milne
Welding Department Faculty
Cambridge Campus A3225
519-748-5220 ext. 4514
smilne@conestogac.on.ca

Tam Nguyen Ph.D.,P.Eng.,I.W.E.
Welding Department Faculty
Cambridge Campus A3206
519-748-5220 ext. 2273
tnguyen@conestogac.on.ca

Laura Potje C.E.T.
Welding Department Faculty
Cambridge Campus A3225
519-748-5220 ext. 4581
lpotje@conestogac.on.ca

Jack Ronan
Welding Department Faculty
Cambridge A3225
519-748-5220 ext. 4516
jronan@conestogac.on.ca

Other Faculty

In addition to the core complement of your full-time program faculty, other faculty will work with you for the duration of this program.  These include faculty from other Schools for breadth and or/general education courses, as well as faculty with particular expertise in specific areas of program focus.

Contact information for this faculty will typically be provided on the first day of related courses.

Program Overview

Overview of Welding & Fabrication Programs

Graphic describing welding program pathways.

Program Description

See the Conestoga College website program pages listed below for the program descriptions.

Welding Engineering Technology – Inspection Program
Ontario College 3 year Advanced Diploma program

Welding Engineering Technology – Inspection Program - Coop Option
Ontario College 4 year Advanced Diploma Program

Manufacturing Engineering Technology - Welding & Robotics Program
Ontario College 3 year Advanced Diploma program

Manufacturing Engineering Technology - Welding & Robotics - Coop Program
Ontario College 4 year Advanced Diploma program

Welding and Fabrication Technician Program
Ontario College 2 year diploma program

Welding Techniques

Ontario College I year certificate program

Program Design

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab
  3. Select 'View Progress Report' button

Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are developed with the expectations and requirements of external regulatory/accrediting bodies and consultation with Program Advisory Committees (PACs) and related industry experts.  These outcomes are coordinated and articulated in a manner designed to result in the achievement by of sets of specified learning attributes.

Please refer to the College website for specific program learning outcomes:

Welding Engineering Technology – Inspection Program
Ontario College 3 year Advanced Diploma program

Welding Engineering Technology – Inspection Program - Coop Option
Ontario College 4 year Advanced Diploma Program

Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Welding & Robotics Program
Ontario College 3 year Advanced Diploma program

Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Welding & Robotics - Coop Program
Ontario College 4 year Advanced Diploma program

Welding and Fabrication Technician Program
Ontario College 2 year diploma program

Welding Techniques
Ontario College I year certificate program

Program Academic Achievement and Requirements

Academic Promotion Decisions

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.

1st Year

  • Graduate or promoted to year 2: 0 Failed + Missed courses
  • Promoted to year 2 - Special timetable: 1-3 Failed + Missed courses
  • Discontinued:  Failures + Withdrawals = 4

2nd Year

  • Graduate or promoted to year 3: 0 Failed + Missed courses
  • Promoted to year 3 - Special timetable: 1-2 Failed + Missed courses
  • Remain in Year 2 - Special timetable: 3 Failed + Missed courses
  • Discontinued:  Failures + Withdrawals = 4

3rd Year

  • Program Complete - Graduate: 0 Failed + Missed courses or Missing Co-op Work Terms
  • Remain in year 3 - Special timetable: 1-3 Failed + Missed courses or Missing Co-op Work Terms
  • Decision pending (due to special circumstances)
  • Discontinued:  Failures + Withdrawals = 4

Note #1 The Special Timetable Rules for these programs are as follows:

With respect to scheduling courses, priority must be given to courses failed or missed in the previous semesters.
New courses may be taken if there are no timetable conflicts and the necessary prerequisites have been attained.
The maximum number of times that a course may be attempted is 3. The third failure will result in being discontinued.

Note #2 Re-admission program requirements are provided in a subsequent section of this handbook.

Note #3 Discontinued students cannot graduate from this program without first applying and being granted re-admission to the program.

Note #4 Faculty reserve the right to modify the implementation of the above, in individual cases, due to extenuating circumstances.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency

See College Website for Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy and Procedure: College Policy

Supplemental Tests

Students may be allowed to take a maximum of one supplemental test per semester, if all of the following criteria are met: 

  1. For supplemental test eligibility, the student must have no more than two failed courses in the semester (including the one for which the supplemental is requested).
  2. The Final Grade must be above 50% before Supplemental Authorization and Terms form (#RO 479) will be granted and can only be used for the purpose of attempting to achieve a passing grade (i.e., not to boost a passing grade).
  3. The student must have attended a minimum of 80% of the classes or labs and submitted all of the course assignments.
  4. The student must have been previously successful in at least one regular scheduled test or exam within the course.
  5. The supplemental authorization will only apply to primarily theory based course content. For courses with significant lab or project components, each Professor will have the discretion to allow or disallow a supplemental exercises or assignments.
  6. In cases where the supplemental process is allowed, the grades may only be improved to a maximum of 55% at course completion (with the original grade and the supplemental tests/project marks being averaged).
  7. The student's grade will be submitted 'as is' until the supplemental requirements including fee payments are met. A twenty-working day deadline is standard for 15-week semester courses. If the student is successful, then a "Marks Change" form (RO477) must then be submitted by the Professor.

NOTES:

  1. Any tests will be scheduled at the convenience of the Professor.
  2. To save faculty time, consideration will be given to having one-person from the department book a class-room and proctor the tests for multiple courses.
  3. To register for a supplemental, the student must have an Authorization for Supplemental completed and signed by the course instructor and Program Coordinator and submit the fee to the Registrar's office. Students must also complete all supplemental tests in accordance with the timeline established in the College's "Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy".

The faculty reserves the right to modify the implementation of the above, in individual cases, due to extenuating circumstances.

Discontinuance

Discontinuance Program Standard: A student will be discontinued from a program if they have failed four or more courses in a single academic year.  Discontinued students are encouraged to pick up the missed or failed courses by applying for Part Time Studies subject to the normal conditions and space existing at the time.

Please refer to Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements – Program Protocols as well as the Conestoga College Discontinuance Policy.

Note: Readmission is not guaranteed and is subject to space and availability. The student is responsible for any program design changes that may have occurred. Discontinued students cannot graduate from a program without first reapplying and being granted readmission to the program. The faculty reserves the right to modify the implementation of the above, in individual cases, due to extenuating circumstances.

Re-admission

  1. Readmission is not guaranteed and is subject to space availability within the program.
  2. The student is responsible for any program design changes that may have occurred. 
  3. Discontinued students cannot graduate from this program without first applying and being granted readmission to the program.
  4. Courses may only be taken where the student has the necessary pre-requisites, as defined in the Program design.
  5. The Program Coordinator reserves the right to modify the implementation of the above, in individual cases, due to extenuating circumstances.

Graduation

Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including co-op work terms if applicable. Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year. Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change. Students who complete their program after the scheduled completion date are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the registrar's office. Students who are discontinued or have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate.

Withdrawal

Students considering withdrawing from a program should meet with their program coordinator/academic advisor prior to withdrawing.  In order to formally withdraw from a program, the student must complete the Program Withdrawal form and submit it to the Registrar's Office. Deadlines for withdrawing from a program with/without an academic penalty or with/without a refund are posted on the website under Academic Dates.

Program Information

Academic Assistance

Academic assistance is available to students through a variety of avenues.  The program coordinator/academic advisor and faculty can advise students on specific program and course information such as adding/dropping courses, special timetabling, etc.  Access the Conestoga website for assistance provided through Accessibility Services.  Access the Learning Commons website for detailed information on the academic services they provide, including Learning Skills, Peer Services, Math and Writing assistance.

Academic Dates

Program start and end dates, holidays and deadlines for course add/drop, withdrawal and refunds are located in your Student Guide.  Course changes (add/dropping may also be made through the Student Portal under the "My Courses" tab.

Attendance

The Faculty of the Welding programs recognizes that from time to time students may be absent from the program. If you are required to be absent from an evaluation, lab, test, quiz or presentation, or you are not able to meet a submission deadline, you must follow the procedure described below:

  1. The student must notify the professor PRIOR to the start of an evaluation (as defined above) or PRIOR to the submission date for an assignment, project or report. Notification can be made via email or voicemail directly to the Professor.
  2. The student must obtain signed medical or legal documentation. ( i.e. Doctor's note)
  3. The student must submit the legal or medical documentation to the Professor PRIOR to returning to class to discuss the opportunity to make up any missed evaluations and/or submission deadlines.

In the event that a student is absent for an extended period of time (more than 5 consecutive days), the student will be required to meet with the program Coordinator and/or program Chair to discuss the opportunity to make up any missed evaluations and/or submission deadlines. Signed legal or medical documentation must be provided.

Failure to provide PRIOR notification regarding an absence will result in a mark of zero for that particular evaluation or submission.

It is the student's responsibility to contact the Professor immediately upon their return and to provide the proper documentation as stated.

Please note: Faculty reserves the right to modify the implementation of the above program standards and procedures, in individual cases, due to extenuating circumstances.

It should also be noted that the Supplemental Program Standards have an attendance requirement. Please refer to Supplemental Standards in subsequent sections.

Awards

Conestoga has more than 400 awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants available to Conestoga students. These funds are made available to our students through the partnerships we have established with local business and industry leaders.  To be considered for an award, complete the General Application available through your Student Portal.  Notifications and instructions to complete the application are sent to all full-time students' email accounts in the fall semester (Deadline: First Friday in October) and winter semester (Deadline: First Friday in February).  Visit the Financial Aid and Student Awards Office on Conestoga's website.

Each year, our Program hands out Program and College related Awards. The Program related awards are based on a student's performance in their current year of studies. Students do not need to apply for Program awards as Faculty determine appropriate winners for each award. Based on donations received by our industry supporters, the gifts and/or cash values may fluctuate from year to year.

Communication - School Standard

Conestoga College and eConestoga student email accounts are used to communicate with students.  Students are expected to regularly check their student email accounts.  Faculty will not respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses.  

Course Changes (Adding/Dropping)

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal.
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab.
  3. Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings.

It is strongly recommended that students consult the Program Assistant prior to dropping a course.

  • If a course withdrawal is processed prior to the deadline date, a dropped course will be recorded as a "W" (withdrawal) on the transcript.
  • If a course withdrawal is processed after the deadline, an "F" (fail) will be recorded on the transcript.

Continuing Education and OntarioLearn courses are not included in student full-time fees. Students wishing to take these part-time courses are required to pay the full fee for the individual course(s). Students may add these or other courses under the 'Browse Continuing Education' tab in their Student Portal.

Co-operative Education

Applying to the Co-op Stream:

  • All applicants apply to the non co-op program. Students will be informed of the application deadline and process. Labour market conditions determine co-op seats in optional co-op programs. Every student who meets academic eligibility requirements may not be admitted to the co-op stream.
  • To be considered for the co-op stream, students will be required to achieve an overall 80% unweighted average (with no dropped or failed courses) in all Level 1 and 2 program courses. If an applicant has a lower overall average, their application will be decided upon on a case-by-case basis, based on one or more of: course performance, a possible interview, and number of acceptances already granted. Courses in which exemptions were granted or PLARs achieved will be ignored in calculating the average (with the exception detailed in the point below).
  • Students seeking to transfer with advanced standing into the co-op option from other programs i.e. Welding Techniques #1193 or Welding and Fabrication Technician #0046 will be considered; however, transfer credits for Technical Mathematics I and Technical Mathematics II will be weighted with a 20% penalty and all of the other requirements will apply.

To participate in a co-op work term, students must:

  • Successfully complete the Co-op and Career Preparation course (CDEV1020).  Students who fail Co-op and Career Preparation will not be permitted to search for co-op employment nor will they be able to participate in a co-op work term.  Students who fail the course more than twice will not be permitted to continue in their co-op program (exceptions may be granted for degrees).
  • Be enrolled full-time (full-time = 70% of the hours, or 66 2/3 % of the courses in the current session/level of the Program Design.)  Exceptions will apply to those students who have been granted special timetabling based on formal identification of barriers or challenges for which accommodation is required. Academic eligibility requirements must still be met prior to being granted access to seek a co-op work term.
  • Must have successfully completed all but two core courses, according to the program design, by the eligibility term prior to any given work term (regardless of the level the student was placed in advanced standing).
  • Students (even those on special timetables) will not be permitted to complete a co-op work term until conditions above are met and all but two core course deficiencies, according to the program design, are cleared.
  • Co-op work terms may need to be re-sequenced to allow academic deficiencies to be cleared or in the event a student changes cohorts (i.e. graduation is delayed by one year or more). Students may not repeat a passed work term.
  • Should a student's academic performance decline considerably (including cumulative missed courses) during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
  • Academic eligibility for a co-op work term is based on the term that occurs two terms prior to any work term.    If this term is also a co-op work term, then work term eligibility will be based on the student's achievement during the preceding academic term.
  • In the case of back to back work terms eligibility to participate in consecutive work terms will be granted upon approval to participate in the initial work term.
  • Where two or more work terms occur back to back, should a student fail to achieve academic eligibility for the first work term, their eligibility for the second work term will be based on the term that occurs two terms prior to the second work term.
  • Students may only fail/defer one work term regardless of the reason(s).
  • Students who do not successfully complete their deferred work term will be removed from the co-op stream.
  • Since only one work term may be failed/deferred regardless of the reason(s), should a subsequent work term be missed/failed/unsecured (not successfully completed for any reason) the student will be immediately removed from the co-op stream.
  • Students who are discontinued are not eligible for co-op work terms.
  • To be eligible for a co-op work term, students are required to achieve a minimum 3.0 SWA (70% session weighted average), and a maximum of two failured or dropped courses during the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op work term.

For additional information please refer to the Co-op Policies, Procedures and Support Handbook found by:

  1. Login to MyCareer 
  2. Select Co-op 
  3. Select Co-op Resources 
  4. Select Co-op Policies 
  5. Select Co-operative Education Policies and Procedures for Students

Please Note:

  • The College cannot guarantee co-op employment.  All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation. 

Credit Transfer

Conestoga recognizes you may have formal post-secondary education that may allow you to enter a program at an advanced level or provide for individual course exemptions.

To ensure your credits are eligible for transfer, please contact our Credit Transfer Office. The Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure are available on the college website. For more information, visit the Credit Transfer & PLAR page.

Equipment, Supplies and Texts

Student Tool List – Mandatory Tools and Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (Mandatory for Shop/Lab Access)

  1. Safety Glasses with affixed side shields (conforming to CSA Z94.3 or ANSI Z87.1) Note: prescription glasses must be approved with side-shields or be worn under approved safety glasses.
  2. Safety footwear: steel toed (conforming to CSA Z195-14); must be fire retardant leather construction and high-cut (6" minimum, not low-cut running shoes style).
  3. Ear plugs (conforming to CSA Z94.2); reusable band type recommended.
  4. Welding helmet (conforming to ANSI Z87.1) – auto darkening type recommended.
  5. Oxy-Fuel welding/cutting goggles with a Shade 5 lens (conforming to ANSI Z87.1 or designed to be worn over the top of approved safety glasses).
  6. Welding jacket with leather sleeves (or full leather).
  7. Welding gloves: leather 'MIG' type (multi-layer and insulated).
  8. Welding gloves: leather 'TIG' type (single layer).
    Shop Tools and Equipment (Mandatory for Shop/Lab Activities)
  9. Tape Measure: 16' or 5m long, metric & imperial scales.
  10. Fillet weld gauge set: Imperial, 1/8" to 1"
  11. Steel Pocket Ruler: 6" or 150mm long with pocket clip
  12. Combination square: 12", all metal construction (not plastic)
  13. Toolbox: 8" x 20" x 10" with personal lock recommended
  14. Pliers: 'MIG' welding style
  15. Pliers: Vise-Grip style locking pliers
  16. Magnet: Welder's Fitting style, 3" minimum, arrow shaped
  17. Hammer: 16oz ball-peen style
  18. Cold Chisel: ½"
  19. Centre Punch: hardened steel; automatic prick punch recommended
  20. Dividers: 6" steel dividers
  21. Scratch Awl: 5" minimum length
  22. Protractor: steel (not plastic)
  23. Shop use pencils and pens

Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)

The specific program and course/module learning outcomes provide the frame of reference for evaluation.  Learning experiences are planned in order that the student can demonstrate the ability to correlate theory with practice.  Unless otherwise stated the minimum passing grade for all courses is 55%.  The following grading system will be applied.

Evaluation is a continuous process that assesses the student performance. Appointments may be arranged between the student and faculty at which time the student's progress is reviewed, and advisement is given for improved student learning. It is acknowledged that events can happen to either faculty or students that disrupt the planned schedule.  Each incident will be addressed on an individual, case-by-case basis by course faculty, with the following general guidelines:

  • Students are required to submit all assignments on or before the date and time specified by the faculty and should anticipate problems that might necessitate an extension of time.  If an extension of time is required, students will make this request to the appropriate faculty.
  • An extension of time will be given only if arrangements have been made with the faculty prior to the due date.  Requests for an extension must be made by email to the relevant course faculty, from the student's Conestoga e-mail address.  Extensions will not typically be given if the request is made the day the assignment(s) is due.
  • In general, extensions for submission of student work will be considered only in the case of extenuating circumstances (illness, accidents, bereavement, etc.). Course faculty may require documentation of the proposed extenuating circumstances – such as a doctor's note in the case of illness; the decision to accept this documentation is determined by the faculty responsible for the related work.
  • Where a student has requested an extension, and provided relevant faculty with accepted documentation of extenuating circumstances in advance of due dates or with medical certificate upon return to classes, efforts will be made to accommodate the student without penalty and within the timeframe set by the College for completion of term work.
  • Where a student is assigned an "Incomplete" in a course, the requirements for clearing the incomplete will be communicated to the student by the faculty responsible for the course.
  • Courses may only be taken where the student has the necessary pre-requisites, as defined in the Program Design.

General Education Electives

In these programs (with the exception of the Welding Techniques program), you are required to complete General Education (Gen Ed) courses as specified in the program designs.  Gen Ed courses can either be included as a specified course in your program and must take when scheduled by the program or they can be elective courses chosen by the student in the academic term indicated by the program design.  These elective Gen Ed course requirements are listed at the bottom of each student's progress report, which is found on the Student Portal.  The progress report indicates the level/semester and the minimum hours that are required for the program.  Students are responsible for adding the elective Gen Ed course into their schedule, during the designated semester. Eligible courses are approved and posted each semester on the college website. Visit Current Students | Conestoga College and click on 'Announcements'.   For additional information regarding Gen Ed courses, please contact the School of Liberal Studies.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, education (informal/ formal), non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measured to meet the required course outcomes and grading standards. This policy applies to candidates who wish to earn academic credit for a course in acknowledgement of significant life and work experience. PLAR is not to be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies and/or to improve grades.

Students must be at least 19 years of age or have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply for PLAR. 

For more information, refer to the PLAR policy and procedure. Questions regarding PLAR may be sent to CreditTransfer@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Advisory Committee

Each program at Conestoga has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which is made up of industry and academic representatives, as well as current students. They meet several times a year to discuss the direction in which that industry is heading and any improvements that can be made to keep the program current. This helps to ensure that students are learning material that is relevant to their industry.

At the beginning of each year, the coordinator of the program will ask for student volunteers. The coordinator will decide which students will represent years one and two.  The student representatives are expected to attend the meetings. Students must prepare and submit a report based on guidelines provided by the Program Chair/Coordinator which will be presented at the meeting. Students are expected to be professional, dress in business attire and engage in discussions.

Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meet with the program coordinator or academic advisor.  Students who decide to change programs may do so by completing and submitting a program application form to the registrar's office. If considering transferring to a program outside the school in which they are currently enrolled, students may want to discuss options with a career advisor. When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where course numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if passing grades are met.  Additional information for career or academic advising is available from faculty, program coordinators or career advisors in the Welcome Centre or on the Conestoga website. 

Note:  There are several established program pathway opportunities available within the welding and fabrication programs covered by this handbook (as illustrated above in Overview of Welding & Fabrication Programs and explained below).  Students should meet with their program coordinator if they have any questions about these opportunities.


Transfer from Welding Techniques (WT #1193) to Welding & Fabrication Technician (WFT #0046) with advanced standing

  1. There must be available seats in the WFT program (seats are limited).  Students with higher GPA's will receive priority.
  2. Advanced Standing Applications can only be processed after the completion of the WT program (after April).
  3. All credits must be passed (i.e., you must be WT graduate).
  4. Advanced Standing Applications are processed through the Conestoga College Registrar's Office (i.e., you do not apply through OCAS).
  5. WT graduates apply for advanced Standing into Level 3 of the WFT program.

Transfer from Welding Techniques (WT #1193) to MET-Welding & Robotics (MET-W&R #1079) or WET-Inspection (WET-I #0043) with advanced standing

  1. There must be available seats in the program that you choose (you must choose either MET-W&R or WET-I; seats are limited).  Students with higher GPA's will receive priority.
  2. Program Transfers Requests can only be processed after the completion of the WT program (after April).
  3. All credits must be passed (i.e., you must be WT graduate).
  4. You must have a minimum mark of 70% in both MATH1455 & MATH1485 (Trade Calculations I & II) for this transfer.
  5. Advanced Standing Applications are processed through the Conestoga College Registrar's Office (i.e., you do not apply through OCAS).
  6. WT graduates apply for advanced Standing into Level 3 of the WET-I or MET-W&R program.

Transfer from Welding & Fabrication Technician (WFT #0046) to MET-W&R (#1079) or WET-I (#0043) with advanced standing

  1. There must be available seats in the program that you choose (you must choose either MET-W&R or WET-I; seats are limited).  Students with higher GPA's will receive priority.
  2. Transfers Requests can only be processed after the completion of all credits in semesters 1 & 2 (after April).
  3. All credits in year 1 must be passed.  (No year 2 credits are valid for exemptions except for the Liberal Studies Elective for students who are in or have completed Year 2 of WFT.)
  4. You must have a minimum mark of 70% in both MATH1455 & MATH1485 (Trade Calculations I & II) for this transfer.
  5. Advanced Standing Applications are processed through the Conestoga College Registrar's Office (i.e., you do not apply through OCAS).
  6. WFT students or graduates apply for advanced Standing into Level 3 of the WET-I or MET-W&R program.

Transfer from MET-W&R (#1079) or WET-I (#0043) to Welding & Fabrication Technician (#0046) with advanced standing

  1. There must be available seats in the WFT program (seats are limited).  Students with higher GPA's will receive priority.
  2. Transfers Requests can only be processed after the completion of all credits in semesters 1 & 2 (after April).
  3. All credits in year 1 must be passed.
  4. Advanced Standing Applications are processed through the Conestoga College Registrar's Office (i.e., you do not apply through OCAS).
  5. Students apply for advanced Standing into Level 3 of the WFT program.

Note:  Students who have successfully completed Semesters 1 & 2 of programs WFT (#0046), MET-W&R (#1079), or WET-I (#0043) have the option of transferring to and graduating from the one year Welding Techniques (WT#1193) program if they choose not to complete the program that they are enrolled in and providing that they have completed all of their Year 1 credits.  It is not possible to receive the WT Certificate without dropping out of these other programs and losing your seat.  Contact your coordinator for the details.

Student Feedback

Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:

Key Performance Indicators

All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). This survey is conducted each academic year in select classes. Strategic goals to improve the programs are developed from these results. This data and other data specific to the campus and the program/school are collected so that Conestoga College can continually improve quality.

Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT)

The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT form gives teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process occurs in the last one-third of the semester. Typically about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term, and each has two courses selected by their academic managers for appraisal. All teachers have a SAT review at least once every two years. The SAT process is managed by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning using an online survey system specifically designed for course/teacher evaluations.  After all marks for the semester have been submitted, a summary of results goes to the academic manager to be shared with the faculty member. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form at the conclusion of each Continuing Education course.

Facility Information

After Hours Access

Conestoga hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Conestoga recognizes that in some programs of study, students may require after-hours access to classrooms and labs. After-hours access is maintained in accordance with the academic needs of individual programs. The after-hours access is a privilege, not a right.

If after-hours access is required, faculty must contact security in advance, with the student(s) name, ID number, and program information, along with signed paperwork approving access. The student must follow these guidelines: 

  • Be in the designated room with another approved person
  • Inform security immediately of any out-of-the normal situations
  • Have student identification card available
  • Notify security upon departure
  • Not move furniture

Refer to the Student Guide for more information.

Refer to the Student Guide for information on after-hours access, parking, and classroom & computer labs.

Welding & Fabrication Labs:

  • These points apply to Cambridge Campus Labs:A1340 & A1517-A/B/C/D & A1512/1515
  • There will be NO access to the welding and fabrication labs outside of the regularly scheduled class hours without the prior approval by the Professor responsible for delivery of the course.
  • All projects must have the prior approval of the Professor responsible for delivery of the course.
  • No food or drink is allowed to be consumed in these labs.

Required Equipment, Supplies and Texts

Students will be required to purchase supplies, textbooks and learning packages as outlined on a list in the bookstore for the welding programs, and as provided by faculty at the outset of the course(s). Students will also be required to purchase mandatory tools and equipment for shop/lab classes as detailed in Required Equipment, Supplies and Texts above.

Safety Information

Services Offered

For general inquiries, contact Security Services at:

Cambridge (Fountain Street): Main Foyer, 519-748-5220, ext. 3357
Doon (Kitchener): Main Building, Room 2B10-6, 519-748-5220, ext. 3357
Guelph: Room A5, 519-824-9390, ext. 3357
Waterloo: Room 1B02, 519-885-0300, ext. 3357

Safety and Security Services provides 24-hour security at the Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo and Cambridge (Fountain Street) campuses, and daytime/evening/weekend security at the Guelph campus. Concerns or offences may be reported to Safety and Security Services.

Emergency Number While on Campus: ext. 5555 - for all medical, fire situations, and police assistance from all campuses (Cambridge [Fountain Street], Doon [Kitchener], Guelph, Waterloo, and Stratford).

Safety and Security Services provides the following services: first aid, personal safety education/plans, general information, emergency response, investigations, self defense training, mobile and bike patrol, crime prevention education, parking - sales, assistance and enforcement, security at residence and campus events.

Emergency phones and alarm systems emergency phones are available throughout the Cambridge (Fountain Street) and Doon (Kitchener) campuses.

Check out our new Mobile Safety App available free for download on any phone system.

For more information on emergency  response and what to do, go to the Security Services webpage.

Basic Safety

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Note: Students may be required to sign a Conestoga College ITAL (CCITAL) Acknowledgment of Safety Training and Responsibilities Form depending on program requirements.

Emergency Telephone Messages

It may be necessary for family members to contact a student in an emergency situation. Family members need to know the student number, program name, school, and campus the student is registered in, to aid Security in locating the student. This information will be required when the family member calls. Please have family members contact Security directly at 519-748-5220, ext. 3357 - only if it is an emergency. 

Machine Operation and Safety

Machine operation and safety will be provided by the faculty responsible for the delivery of each course, as necessary. Students will be expected to sign and acknowledge their machine operation and safety training with the course Professor.

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Physical protection requirements will be provided by the faculty responsible for the delivery of each course, as necessary. Safety glasses with side shields (CSA approved) as well as steel-toed safety footwear (CSA approved) and appropriate clothing must be worn at all times in the welding and fabrication shops.

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Student Services

Student Services information can be found in the Student Guide and or on Conestoga's website.

College-wide Academic Policies and Procedures

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 
  
Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following: 
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Integrity Policy & Violation of Academic Integrity Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Academic Credential Procedure
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Eligibility to Participate in Co-op Work Terms Policy & Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
  • Honours Policy & Procedure
  • Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Student Code of Conduct Policy
  • Student Concerns and Issues Policy & Procedure
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfill and enforce these standards.

General Education / Breadth Electives

School of Liberal Studies

The purpose of General Education and Degree Breadth electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed both professionally and in their own personal lives. Working collaboratively with your program, General Education and Degree Breadth courses help develop the critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Date: June 4, 2015
Type of Revision: Formatting & AODA cleanup

Date: April 19, 2016
Type of Revision: Personnel Changes, Tool List update, Welding Program Transfer Rules explained

Date: May 29, 2017
Type of Revision: Personnel Changes, Supplemental Test policy clarified (4.3), and After Hours Access (6.1) - welding specific wording added.

Accommodation Disclaimer

Conestoga College is dedicated to promoting an equitable environment where students have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga College recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

The Program Handbook is intended to provide general information with respect to program expectations. There may be individual accommodations and/or medical circumstances that require exceptions. For example, students may need to be accommodated for a missed assignment or evaluation. Students who are registered with Accessibility Services are not required to provide an additional doctor's note for a missed or late evaluation. For more information about Accessibility Services please drop in or visit our website.

We recognize that other extenuating circumstances may apply. Consult with your Professor. All exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Chair.