Welding Techniques

Our Welding Techniques program offers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a variety of welding processes, in preparation for employment in this high-demand field.


Winter 2016
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: WTQ
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Darryl Madussi Email
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: January 11, 2016
Tuition Fees (Domestic): $2,025.26 per semester*
Tuition Fees (International): Tuition not available at this time
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
Fall 2016
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: WTQ
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Darryl Madussi Email
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: September 06, 2016
Tuition Fees (Domestic): $2,085.26 per semester*
Tuition Fees (International): $6,993.10 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

The two-semester Welding Techniques program will provide graduates with entry level employable skills for the welding field. Curriculum in the program has been aligned to the basic requirements for Level One Apprenticeship for Welding Fabrication. Labour market demand for skilled welders is high. The Welding Technniques program will introduce you to numerous welding processes and you will gain extensive hands-on experience on the most common processes used within the industry. These processes include:

  • SMAW (shielded metal arc welding)
  • GMAW (gas metal arc welding)

You will also be exposed to specialized processes such as:

  • FCAW (flux core arc welding)
  • GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding)

Basic blueprint reading, trade math, weld symbols, metallurgy, oxy-fuel and plasma cutting/gouging will also be covered. Upon successful completion of the Welding Techniques program, you will be given the opportunity to challenge the SMAW 1G weld test and the 2GF certification from Canadian Welding Bureau.  If successful, you will be issued a Welding Ticket by CWB which is valid for two years.

Want to add more specialized skills in welding? You can use this program to pathway into semester 3 of the Welding and Fabrication Technician diploma program.

In addition, upon completion of this program, you will have obtained tickets for:

  • Working at Heights; Hoisting and Rigging; Lockout/ Tag out; WHMIS

You will also have Grade 12 Math equivalency.


Success Story

“I was hired on as a welder at Rockwerx Canada Inc. a couple of weeks after finishing the Welding Techniques program. The company builds rock climbing walls, and I do everything from shipping, HR, accounting and general operations at the office, to various aspects of on-site construction. I wear many hats, and because I don’t have a specific job title, my business card says “boss like.” I decided to take the Welding Techniques program because, when I was about to graduate with my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, I realized that jobs in my field weren’t exactly plentiful or well-paid. So, I wanted to have a trade to fall back on. I had done some welding while doing metal sculptures for my degree, and I really liked it. I’m so glad I entered the trades because I love my job, I’ve been able to travel to some amazing places (such as Qatar), and when I wake up in the morning, I’m stoked to go to work."  - Anni Bartlett, Class of 2012

Career Opportunities

The welding trade offers numerous opportunities across several employment sectors and demands an incredible variety of welding skills. Examples include:

  • fine precision welding of light exotic metals used in electronics, tooling, nuclear and aerospace
  • welding for manufacturing and custom consumer products
  • heavy structural welding of materials used in construction, building and bridge erection
  • pipelines, ship and underwater welding

Note: Some of the above mentioned examples will require further education and experience.

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the Workplace (E) level, including English.


Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.

Additional Costs

New books approximately $520; tools approximately $200 (plus safety boots and glasses required for the trade).

Required Equipment and Tools

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