Welding Techniques - Metal Fabrication Apprenticeship

Program description

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

Program details

Code: 1173
Delivery: Apprenticeship
Length: 720 hours
Start: Varies
Campus: Cambridge � Fountain Street
Credential: Ontario College Certificate

Program contacts


Academic school

Engineering & Technology

Fees & payment

  • Fees are set by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
  • Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional. For details, visit Orientation & support.
  • Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Awards & scholarships

Conestoga College's Student Financial Services administers many awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants. Information and application forms for numerous awards, bursaries and scholarships are administered by Student Financial Services.

Many program-specific awards are administered by individual programs. Students should speak to their faculty or program coordinators about additional awards available in their program specific areas.

Courses

Level 1

Course Details

Engineering Drawings I
DRWG1700

Description:

This course will develop interpretation skills for metal fabrication drawings developed using orthographic projection methods. Basic drawing skills will be practiced with drafting tools and freehand sketching as well as a demonstration of CAD software. Additional topics include welded joint design and welding symbols.

  • Hours: 51
  • Credits: 4
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Semi-Automatic Welding Processes I
WELD1270

Description:

This course will develop basic welding skills with the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) (commonly referred to as MIG welding) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) (commonly referred to as flux cored welding) processes. Techniques will be developed for producing fillet and groove welds in the flat and horizontal positions with both processes.

  • Hours: 54
  • Credits: 4
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Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
WELD1280

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: 69
  • Credits: 5
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Thermal Cutting
WELD1290

Description:

Application and set-up of thermal cutting processes used for the cutting, piercing, bevelling and gouging of various metals will be studied in this course. Hands-on practice will stress safety and quality using the oxy-fuel gas cutting, plasma arc cutting, and air-carbon arc gouging processes.

  • Hours: 27
  • Credits: 2
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Trade Practices
WELD1300

Description:

The first topic in this course reviews safety topics including potential workplace hazards, precautions and personal protective equipment and safety legislation. The second topic reviews proper application and use of hand, measuring and power tools used for welding and metal fabrication. The third topic will develop mathematical skills necessary for trade calculations in the welding industry.

  • Hours: 33
  • Credits: 2
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Welding & Fabrication Quality I
WELD1310

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: 27
  • Credits: 2
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Welding Theory I
WELD1320

Description:

The major welding processes will be studied in this course with emphasis on learning the effect, set-up and control of the main welding variables. This knowledge will then be used to assist in developing welding skills in accompanying practical courses. Processes to be studied include Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Metal Cored Arc Welding (MCAW).

  • Hours: 39
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course Details

Engineering Drawings II
DRWG2200

Description:

This course will further develop interpretation and drawing skills from Blueprint Reading I with detail drawings for structural steel, platework, pressure vessels and piping. Additional practice will be gained from producing Bill of Materials from fabrication drawings that specify piece part dimensions and processing methods and the layout and fabrication of basic shop projects.

  • Hours: 60
  • Credits: 4
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Pattern and Template Development I
DRWG2210

Description:

This course will further 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.

  • Hours: 33
  • Credits: 2
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Metal Fabrication I
WELD2400

Description:

This course will develop skills to plant, setup and perform metal fabrication techniques on sheet, plate, pipe and structural shapes. Hand and power tools will be used to perform fabrication exercises including coping, pipe branches, elbows and box construction.

  • Hours: 48
  • Credits: 3
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Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
WELD2410

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 and horizontal positions on both mild and stainless steels.

  • Hours: 21
  • Credits: 2
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Fabrication Machine Operation
WELD2420

Description:

This course will develop skills in the safe operation of machine tools used for cutting, forming and piercing operations in the fabrication of metals. The course will combine classroom instruction with practical projects using machine tools including drill presses, plate shears, ironworkers, band saws, plate rolls and the brake press.

  • Hours: 24
  • Credits: 2
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Welding & Fabrication Quality II
WELD2430

Description:

The first topic in this course reviews advanced metallurgy topics including the application of an iron-carbon equilibrium diagram to understand how steels react to heat and the weldability of different metal types. The second topic examines additional methods to control and correct for weld distortion. The third topic will review codes and standards used in the welding industry and welding procedure documentation and qualification requirements.

  • Hours: 24
  • Credits: 2
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Level 3

Course Details

Pattern and Template Development II
DRWG3200

Description:

This course will further expand the apprentice fabricators ability to solve complex surface development problems by mathematical, graphic and computer software applications.

  • Hours: 48
  • Credits: 3
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Metal Fabrication II
WELD3210

Description:

This course will expose the apprentice fabricator to a range of advanced practical applications, building on Metal Fabrication I as well as other courses in the program. An efficient, safe and cooperative approach will be expected during the completion of individual and group projects.

  • Hours: 96
  • Credits: 7
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Fabrication Project Planning
WELD3220

Description:

This course will develop an understanding of Project Planning for fabrication and installation by studying and applying drawing interpretation, estimating and compliance with regulations as well as client completion schedules.

  • Hours: 15
  • Credits: 1
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Shipment Preparation
WELD3230

Description:

This course will provide the apprentice fabricator with an understanding of the requirements for preparing a fabrication project for shipping to the client or construction site.

  • Hours: 21
  • Credits: 2
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Fabrication Installation
WELD3240

Description:

This course will provide the apprentice fabricator with an understanding of 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.

  • Hours: 30
  • Credits: 2
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Program outcomes

  1. Perform work responsibly and in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  2. 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.
  3. Use layout and fabrication processes typical to the industry to determine correct form with accuracy.
  4. Select appropriate tools and devices to perform mathematical calculations and technical measurements for successful completion of a project
  5. 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.
  6. Weld various types of materials in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions to create high quality joints.
  7. Identify defects in welds, demonstrate how to prevent them and define procedures for correction of defective weld quality
  8. Select appropriate Thermal Cutting processes in terms of Oxy-Fuel Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting and Air Carbon Arc Gouging processes in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturer’s recommendations and approved industry standards.
  9. Perform machine operations utilizing fabricating equipment such as iron worker, shear, bandsaw, brake press, and rollers according to industry standards and manufacturer’s recommendations
  10. Perform a site installation selecting and safely operating lifting and rigging equipment

Program handbook

Program handbook

Graduate opportunities

Metal fabricators (NOC 7235) fabricate, assemble, fit and install steel or other metal components for buildings, bridges, tanks, towers, boilers, pressure vessels and other similar structures and products. Graduates are employed in construction and manufacturing sectors as fabricators, fitters and fitterwelders. 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: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home


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