- Program Code:
- Engineering & Technology
- Academic Year:
- 2020 / 2021
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the ProgramThe Welder (Apprenticeship) program is delivered at Conestoga's Cambridge campus and provides the theoretical knowledge of all aspects of the regulated and non-regulated welding trade together with the practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training with an employer using highly flexible delivery modes.
For more information contact the Program Coordinator at email@example.com.
Program InformationLength: 720-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
- 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, manufacturing and repair welding sectors as MIG, stick or TIG process welders. Some graduates will also perform basic metal fabrication operations.
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).
|DRWG2120||Engineering Drawings II
Description: This course will further develop interpretation and drawing skills from Engineering Drawings 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.
|WELD2270||Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
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.
|WELD2280||Semi-Automatic Welding Processes II
Description: This course will further develop GMAW and FCAW skills with additional practice making fillet and groove welds in flat, horizontal and vertical positions. Welding qualification tests will be practiced on groove weld assemblies with backing bars, followed by bend testing to assess quality.
|WELD2290||Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
Description: This course will further develop SMAW skills with additional practice making fillet and groove welds in all positions. Welding qualification tests will be practiced on groove weld assemblies with backing bars, followed by bend testing to assess quality.
|WELD2300||Welding Theory II
Description: The application and set-up for the oxy-fuel gas brazing process will be reviewed with emphasis on safe equipment operation. The second topic will review metallurgy issues including metal identification, properties and classification. A third topic will review the methods and application of destructive and non-destructive testing methods for welded fabrication. A fourth topic will be the fundamentals of the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process.
|WELD3000||Welding Theory III
Description: This theoretical course will introduce the principles and applications of the major welding processes, including gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Submerged arc welding (SAW) including filler metals and flux systems will also be discussed
|WELD3010||Metal Fabrication Applications
Description: This farication applications course will review the application and operation of fabrication machine tools for cutting and forming metal. The students will apply these skills in producing various shop projects
Description: This course will further develop applied GMAW skills with the pulsed arc mode of this process (GMAW-P). Additional practice will be gained with the Metal Cored Arc Welding (MCAW) variation of this process. Applications of the automatic Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) and Stud Welding (SW) processes will also be reviewed.
|WELD3125||Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II
Description: This course will further develop GTAW skills with additional practice making fillet and groove welds in all positions on steel plate and pipe assemblies. Additional skills will be developed using the GTAW process and aluminium fillet and groove welds as well as a review of the similar Plasma Arc Welding (PAW) process.
|WELD3135||Metal Fabrication Theory
Description: This course will explain the purpose of pattern and template development. The course will introduce layout and pattern development skills for shapes and intersections, including radial line, parallel line, and, triangulation.
|WELD3140||Shielded Metal Arc Welding III
Description: Additional SMAW skills will be developed for both plate and pipe applications in all positions with both mild and stainless steel electrodes. Welding qualification tests will be practiced on groove weld assemblies with open root design, followed by bend testing to assess quality.
|WELD3150||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.
- 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 inspection techniques to assess weld quality.
- Identify metal types and classification systems used and explain appropriate welding techniques for adapting to the weldability characteristics of different metal types.
- Select and use metal fabrication cutting and forming machines and equipment to produce specified piece parts and basic fabrication structures.
- Interpret welding procedure documents required by codes and standards and explain the qualification requirements for both welding personnel and welding procedures.
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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.