Pre-Apprenticeship Welder

About the Program

The Pre-Apprenticeship Welder program consists of 25 weeks in-school and 8 weeks on-the-job and will equip students with the basic skills required to secure a position as an apprentice. The curriculum provides the student with common core Level 1 apprentice training, to increase the student's general level of knowledge about the Welding and Metal Fabricating industries. An eight week placement, academic upgrading and employment strategies are also included in the program curriculum. Graduates may choose to pursue an apprenticeship in the Welder or Metal Fabricator trades. See Apprenticeship - General Information.

Program Information

Length: 33-week Certificate program
Location: Waterloo
Start: May
First-Year Capacity: 24

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Outcomes

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.

Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson

Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.

On-the-Job Experience

Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.

In-School Training

Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.

Tuition & Fees

This program is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates may choose to pursue an apprenticeship in the welding or metal fabricating industries.

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 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.

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 Testing

Apprentices 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

Program Courses

Course Details (1345)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ATST1010 Academic Upgrading

Description: This course will prepare students for entry into trades and apprenticeship. Students will learn and apply problem-solving strategies, reasoning skills, and mathematical concepts and procedures to solve problems to improve mathematical and communication skills. Relevant topics will be selected for each student from within the major categories of pre-algebra, algebra, measurement, data analysis and geometry/trigonometry. This course will also enable students to strengthen their communication skills in workplace reading and writing.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
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COMP1127 Computer Applications

Description: Students will receive training on computer operating systems (Windows), as well as training on basic word processing and spreadsheets.
Hours: 26
Credits: 2
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ETR1120 Employment Strategies and Workplace Exposure

Description: Students will prepare to enter the job market and will be given the opportunity explore a variety of workplaces in this course. Life-long career planning strategies will be the focus including networking, interview and researching skills; developing a personalized resume and cover letter; and understanding current labour market information. They will also develop and enhance skills in teamwork, decision making and goal setting. A variety of workplace tours will be included to increase their knowledge of the trade and industry.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
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MATH1295 Trade Calculations

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: 39
Credits: 3
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WELD1017 Introduction to Welding I

Description: This course will introduce the student to the concepts of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) processes. Theory class will cover the safe setup and working practices of these processes as well as introduce the student to the fundamental concepts involved in each process operation. The shop component will see the student implement safe working practices along with welding skills development. Students will learn about the required equipment and demonstrate proper and safe setup procedures. Instructor demonstrations on the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) processes will be delivered to further introduce welding to the students.
Hours: 117
Credits: 6
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WELD1025 Welding Industry Health and Safety

Description: This course will introduce the student to safety and WHMIS as it applies to the welding industry. Potential hazards associated with the major welding processes and how to work safely with these processes will be discussed. The WHMIS system will be introduced to give students a basic understanding of how it applies to the welding trade.
Hours: 13
Credits: 1
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WELD1035 Introduction to Oxy Fuel

Description: This course will introduce the student to the concepts of oxy-fuel welding (OFW), brazing (OFB) and cutting (OFC). Theory class will cover the safe setup and working practices of these processes as well as introduce the student to the fundamental concepts involved in each process operation. The shop component will see the student implement safe working practices along with skills development in the area of OFW, OFB, and OFC. Students will learn about the required equipment and demonstrate proper and safe setup procedures.
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
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WELD1045 Introduction to Metal Fabrication

Description: In this course students will be introduced 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: 46
Credits: 3
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Level 2
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.
Hours: 51
Credits: 4
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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.
Hours: 54
Credits: 4
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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.
Hours: 69
Credits: 5
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WELD1290 Thermal Cutting

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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WELD1300 Trade Practices

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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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.
Hours: 27
Credits: 2
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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).
Hours: 39
Credits: 3
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Level 3
FPLT1000 Field Placement (Welder)

Description: Students will participate in on-the-job training using the apprenticeship training standards for the Basic Level of their respective trade. The student will apply the skills taught in the in-school portion of the program and will demonstrate effective work habits, time management and organizational skills.
Hours: 280
Credits: 10
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Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Apply Now

To apply for this program, please contact 519-824-9390, ext. 5484 or 519-885-0300, ext. 5484 or preapp@conestogac.on.ca.

Kristen Goetz
kgoetz@conestogac.on.ca
519-885-0300 ext 5484

Apprenticeship Registration

Before registering as an apprenticeship you must:
  • Find an employer
  • Request registration from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Confirm your seat with Conestoga once you have received your offer of classroom training from the Ministry
  • Pay the appropriate classroom fee

    Registration for the in-school training portion is on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades. Visit Employment Ontario's Start an apprenticeship website for more details. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga at 519-748-5220 ext. 3382.
For additional program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

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.

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