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Faculty of Applied Science & Technology

Welding and Fabrication Technician

Get the advanced knowledge you need to begin a welding career in two years.

For the Winter 2021 semester, this program will be delivered through a hybrid model that combines remote and in-person learning. View delivery modes for all programs.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Use safe practices in the welding environment related to personal conduct, use of tools and equipment and exposure to hazardous materials and conditions in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for industrial establishments.
  • Utilize blueprints and shop drawings to achieve specified weldment configurations.
  • Apply trade-related math skills to welding and fabrication including geometry, algebra, trigonometry, area, volume and ratio as well as calculations involving weights, loads and lifts.
  • Use the main thermal cutting, beveling, piercing and gouging processes common to the welding/fabrication environment to complete practical projects.
  • Perform hands-on, all position surface fillet and groove welds with backing using oxy-fuel (OFW), shielded metal arc (SMAW), gas metal arc (GMAW), flux core arc (FCAW) and gas tungsten (GTAW) welding processes and appropriate consumables and common materials of structural shapes and composition.
  • Perform open root welding on plate and pipe in all positions using SMAW and GTAW processes.
  • Correct weld discontinuities and fit errors, applying knowledge of metals, their properties and the impact of various processes on them.
  • Solve problems related to materials, tools, equipment and processes used in the welding/fabrication environment to acceptable industry standards.
  • Adhere to codes, standards and specifications relevant to each specific fabrication activity.
  • Apply appropriate distortion control and correction techniques to expansion and contraction forces when required in a given welding process.
  • Use the appropriate lifting, hoisting and rigging devices safely in welding and fabrication and according to weight calculations and configurations.
  • Prepare accurate estimates of time and costs using Word and Excel for a given welding/fabrication project.
  • Apply welding and fabrication industry knowledge and skills to meet expectations of Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) practical testing.
  • Perform preventative maintenance related to welding materials, tools and equipment.
  • Fabricate an item from initial sketches to completion and inspection according to given standards and tolerances.