What will I learn?

The welder is respected on any jobsite, or shop floor. A person who works with their hands and understands the theory needed to get the project finished. If you want to be ready to write your welding ticket test in one year, Fanshawe's Welding Techniques program will get you there.

Learning welding theory is vital, but so is the practical training needed to perform the most basic welding techniques before applying your skills in the workforce. You'll spend two semesters learning a wide range of skills that are needed in today's fast-paced workplaces, including health and safety, blueprint readings and sketching, applied math, communication, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, introduction to computers and all-position pipe welding. You'll finish with a 120-hour work placement that will help you make connections in the field and make your application stand out from the rest.

The skills and confidence you'll get from the Welding Techniques program will help you enter the workforce quickly, and you'll be qualified to work as a welder, welder fitter trainee or as an apprentice in a wide range of trades including boilermaker, construction millwright, industrial mechanic/millwright, ironworker or pipefitter.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this one-year program, graduates will be prepared to enter the following occupations:

  • Welder
  • Welder Fitter Trainee
  • Apprentice Welder
  • Apprentice Boilermaker
  • Apprentice Construction Millwright
  • Apprentice Industrial Mechanic/Millwright
  • Apprentice Ironworker
  • Apprentice Pipefitter
  • Apprentice Fitter

Program Description

This program provides students with the theoretical and practical training to perform most basic welding techniques. At the completion of the program, students will be eligible to test for welding tickets based on their level of expertise. It is expected that most of the graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce as a Welder following the completion of this program.

The program is a one-year Ontario College Certificate program - two levels and includes a mandatory work placement. Students will be exposed to topics including health and safety, blueprint reading and sketching, applied math, communication, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, introduction to computers and all position pipe welding.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. Health & Safety: Perform work responsibly and safely in compliance with applicable regulations and standards.

2. Mathematics: Perform trade-related mathematical calculations and technical measurements using appropriate tools and devices.

3. Engineering Drawings: Interpret engineering drawings.

4. Welding Theory: Describe the fundamentals of common welding processes.

5. Welding Applications: Demonstrate common weld applications and post-weld operations.

6. Thermal Cutting and Gouging Theory: Describe the fundamentals of common thermal cutting and gouging processes.

7. Thermal Cutting Applications: Demonstrate common thermal cutting and gouging processes.

8. Process Quality: Describe the various elements of weld quality.

9. Pattern and Template Development: Create patterns and templates for a variety of shapes.

10. Fabrication and Machine Operation: Fabricate shop projects using engineering drawings.

Which department am I in?

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$15,396.92 (US$ 11,608) per year
Total fees due per term: CAN $7,698.46

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020, January 2021

Venue

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus

634 Ireland Road,

SIMCOE,

Ontario (ON),

N3Y 4K8, Canada

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$15,396.92 (US$ 11,608) per year
Total fees due per term: CAN $7,698.46

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020

Venue

Kincardine Site

Lake Huron Learning Centre,

385 Queen Street,

KINCARDINE,

Ontario (ON),

N2Z 2R4, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream OR Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) OR Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate OR Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) OR Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years

Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years

A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years

An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years

Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

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90.3% of Fanshawe graduates find employment within 6 months of graduation, and 85.8% of employers are satisfied with their performances.

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