Co-op program details

Welding Engineering Technology - Inspection (Optional Co-op)

Program details

Credential: 3-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma

This three-year advanced diploma program prepares students with training in both welding inspection and quality assurance. Metallurgical analysis, destructive testing of welds and non-destructive evaluation methods for quality control and assurance are all covered in detail. Students combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a variety of operational areas such as selection and application of welding processes, troubleshooting of welding equipment, and the operation of welding robotics and automation. All theoretical training is supported by extensive hands-on experience in well-equipped welding and metal-testing laboratories.

Graduates are well-prepared for employment opportunities in a wide variety of industries including automotive manufacturing, pressure vessel & piping, power generation, technical sales, and non-destructive testing and inspection.

Student availability & wage data

Conestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.

Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.

Work/Study Sequence

Year Fall (Sept - Dec) Winter (Jan - Apr) Spring (May - Aug)
Year 1 Classes Classes
Year 2 Classes Classes Work Term 1: $16.55-23
Year 3 Work Term 2: $17-24 Work Term 3: $17–24 Work Term 4: $17–24
Year 4 Classes Classes

Conestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students and offers suggested ranges as a service to employers for the purpose of establishing fair and competitive compensation.

Our experience has been that employers increase wages as skills increase, particularly when employing students for more advanced work terms. The Co-operative Education Office can provide assistance to employers in establishing appropriate wage rates.

Work term capabilities

It is expected that due to the longer period of time with the employer, students will be given progressive responsibility and/or exposure to new challenges as their skills develop.

Work terms 1 - 4

  • Communicate information effectively to individuals and groups by applying common communication principles in written, graphic, and oral forms
  • Prepare formal and informal reports
  • Research, evaluate, test, and recommend welding and metal fabrication processes, equipment, and consumables
  • Interpret welding codes, standards, and specifications, develop conforming welding procedure specifications, and work instructions
  • Program, maintain, and troubleshoot welding and related equipment, processes
  • Evaluate, select, program, and use positioning, automation, and robotic devices as applied to common welding processes and applications
  • Select, assess, and test (using analytical, destructive, and non-destructive inspection techniques) materials, structures, and weld joints to assure compliance with physical and metallurgical requirements
  • Integrate the science and best practices associated with welding inspection, to assess product compliance and make recommendations

Sample job titles

  • Welding Technologist
  • NDE Technologist
  • Welding QA/QC
  • Welding Inspector
  • Metallurgical Laboratory Technologist                                   

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Contact information

Do you need help developing a recruitment plan or job posting, accessing wage information, or connecting with a talented co-op student? Contact:

Melissa Deneault
Employer Relations Consultant
519-748-5220 ext. 2817