Metal Fabricator (Apprenticeship)
- Program Code:
- Engineering & Technology
- Academic Year:
- 2020 / 2021
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the ProgramThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program InformationLength: 720-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
- Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).
- Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email Kitchener.Apprenticeship@ontario.ca.
- Conestoga College delivers the in-school component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). In addition, the MTCU requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on-the-job.
- Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the business or industry in which they are employed.
What is Apprenticeship?For information on the apprenticeship system in Ontario, including how to register as an apprentice, visit the apprenticeship section of our website.
Tuition & FeesFees are set by MTCU as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional.
Refer to the apprentice orientation page for further details on these additional fees (First Day Checklist).
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates are employed in construction and manufacturing sectors as fabricators, fitters and fitter-welders. 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
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga 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.
Exemption TestingApprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|DRWG1700||Engineering Drawings I
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.
|WELD1270||Semi-Automatic Welding Processes I
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.
|WELD1280||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.
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.
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.
|WELD1310||Welding & Fabrication Quality I
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.
|WELD1320||Welding Theory I
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).
|DRWG2200||Engineering Drawings II
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.
|DRWG2210||Pattern and Template Development I
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.
|WELD2400||Metal Fabrication I
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.
|WELD2410||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 and horizontal positions on both mild and stainless steels.
|WELD2420||Fabrication Machine Operation
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.
|WELD2430||Welding & Fabrication Quality II
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.
|DRWG3200||Pattern and Template Development II
Description: This course will further expand the apprentice fabricators ability to solve complex surface development problems by mathematical, graphic and computer software applications.
|WELD3210||Metal Fabrication II
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.
|WELD3220||Fabrication Project Planning
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.
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.
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.
- Apply safe practices in the operation of welding and metal fabrication operations.
- Select and use appropriate measuring, hand and power tools for welding and metal fabrication operations.
- Perform mathematical calculations required in welding and metal fabrication operations.
- 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.
- Explain applications, procedure variable and fundamentals of welding processes including Brazing, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc Welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding.
- Identify welding and fabrication defects and take corrective action to prevent recurrence.
- 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 in all welding positions.
- Select, set-up and perform thermal cutting processes on metals using the Oxy-Fuel Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting and Carbon Arc Gouging processes.
- Explain the application of inspection and testing methods used to assess the quality of welded structures and apply visual and dimensional measuring inspection techniques to assess fabrication and weld quality.
- Identify metal types and classification systems used and explain appropriate welding and fabrication methods based on the metal properties.
- Select and use metal fabrication cutting and forming machines and equipment to produce specified piece parts and fabrication structures.
- Plan fabrication assembly operations through drawing analysis and specification review, then producing Bill of Materials and process plans for material cutting, forming and assembly.
- Produce patterns and templates for a variety of metal fabrication components and shapes through layout development techniques for components including transition joints, cones and intersecting shapes and structures.
- Identify methods used to effectively prepare fabrication assemblies for shipment to customer and installation on-site.
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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.