Welding and Fabrication Technician Curriculum

Waitlisted for September 2021

See curriculum for: September 2022
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 07, 2021
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
WFT
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,241.03 per semester*
International:
$8,275.73 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Perform work responsibly and safely in compliance with applicable regulations and standards
  • Perform trade-related mathematical calculations and technical measurements using appropriate tools and devices.
  • Interpret prints, engineering drawings, fabricating instructions and welding symbols to complete welding projects according to specifications
  • Perform safe set-up, operation, and maintenance of Oxyfuel Gas Cutting/Gouging equipment, Plasma Arc Cutting/Gouging equipment, and Carbon Arc Gouging equipment.
  • Perform quality welds using a variety of processes required in fabricating and manufacturing products or structures.
  • Use basic destructive testing and non-destructive testing methods to determine weld defects.
  • Adhere to industry-approved standards set out by relevant codes, legislation, and specifications
  • Perform distortion control and correction techniques as they apply to expansion and contraction forces.
  • Fabricate complex shop projects using engineering drawings.
  • Use patterns and template to fabricate projects.
  • Apply sustainable practices in the welding industry
  • Perform open root welding on plate and pipe in all positions using the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process.
  • Troubleshoot mechanical problems; recommend solutions for repairing and maintaining equipment to industry standard.
  • Use project management skills and processes to an applied welding project.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

COMP 370
Units/ Hours: 30

This course covers the use of operating systems and how to utilize the internet to generate professional reports and quotations. Students will develop the skills and abilities to produce technical and business reports used in the industry. Using relevant computer applications, students will learn to apply systematic record keeping processes used for operating a small business.

MECH 380
Units/ Hours: 15

This course will introduce students to the common hand and power tools used in the welding and fabrication trades. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the safe operation and proper use of these hand and power tools.

CNST 159
Units/ Hours: 45

This course has been designed for students entering trades and technology programs. The course will cover current legislation (O.H.S.A.) and health and safety procedures used in the industry. Students will obtain fundamental level safety certification in WHMIS, Fall Protection, Confined Space Identification, and Hoisting and Rigging.The theory for this course will be offered online and the application component will offered onsite.

MECH 252
Units/ Hours: 30

This course provides students with basic knowledge and skills used to interpret architectural drawings. Students will develop drawing layouts and plans using various symbols specific to various trades. An emphasis will be placed on developing the learner's ability to visualize three dimensional objects from two dimensional orthographic drawings.

MECH 382
Units/ Hours: 45

This entry level course will introduce students to the semi-automatic welding processes. The course will include topics such as welding safety, equipment set-up and maintenance, operation, and introductory level welding skills with a focus on the gas metal arc welding process (GMAW) on carbon steel. The student will be assessed on theoretical as well as practical skills demonstrating an ability to safely operate a semi-automatic welding process.

Co-Requisites
MECH 383
Units/ Hours: 45

This entry level course will introduce students to the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process. The course will include topics such as welding safety, equipment set-up and maintenance, operation, and introductory level welding skills with a variety of welding electrodes on carbon steel. The student will be assessed on theoretical as well as practical skills demonstrating an ability to safely operate the SMAW process.

Co-Requisites
MECH 381
Units/ Hours: 45

This entry level course will introduce students to the oxyfuel welding, brazing and cutting processes as well as the plasma arc cutting process. The course will include topics such as welding safety, equipment set-up and maintenance, operation and introductory level welding and brazing skills with the oxyfuel process as well as cutting skills with oxyfuel and plasma arc processes. The student will be assessed on theoretical as well as practical skills demonstrating an ability to safely operate oxyfuel brazing, welding and cutting and plasma cutting processes.

Co-Requisites
MATH 130
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to apply specific trade related mathematical concepts and acquire foundational skills important in the fields of Construction, Welding, Plumbing, Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other trades courses and program areas.

Semester 2

CNST 162
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce students to engineering blue prints, technical drawings, welding specifications, and welding symbols utilized to detail various weld requirements. Students will interpret simple joints, line types, weld types or cuts specified in a technical drawing and use this information to setup and perform layout details as per drawings.

Pre-Requisites
MECH 261
Units/ Hours: 45

This entry level course will introduce students to the gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process. The course will cover welding safety, equipment set-up and maintenance, operation, and introductory level welding skills with the GTAW process on carbon steel in the flat and horizontal positions. The student will be assessed on practical skills demonstrating an ability to safely operate the GTAW process and produce welds in the flat and horizontal positions on carbon steel.

Pre-Requisites
MECH 400
Units/ Hours: 60

This course builds on practical applications covered in Semi-Automatic Processes I. Students will perform fillet and groove welds using the gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW) and metal cored arc welding (MCAW) processes on carbon steel in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions. The student will be assessed on their ability to produce welds in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions on carbon steel.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
MECH 300
Units/ Hours: 45

This course builds on practical applications covered in SMAW I. Students will perform fillet and groove welds using the SMAW process on carbon steel in the flat and horizontal positions. The student will be assessed on their ability to produce welds in the flat and horizontal positions on carbon steel. Students are provided with an opportunity to earn a CSA W47.1 standard welding ticket in an approved process of their choice.

Pre-Requisites
CNST 165
Units/ Hours: 15

This course introduces students to the process of developing a professional portfolio. Students will be encouraged to document their learning and archive their applied experience throughout the program. The professional portfolio is the capstone project required for all students in the trades and technology programs. Students will assemble written, graphic and/or video evidence demonstrating the skills and abilities acquired through their program of study.

Pre-Requisites
MATH 131
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to apply specific trade related mathematical concepts and acquire foundation skills important in the fields of Construction, Welding and Plumbing. The material covered in this course builds on the material covered in Trades Calculations I.

Pre-Requisites
MECH 258
Units/ Hours: 30

This theoretical course will cover the fundamentals for processes such as FCAW, MCAW, GTAW, SAW, PAW and their respective components and consumables. An entry level understanding to metallurgy, the steel making process, welding codes and standards, weld faults and inspection processes will also be covered.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 3

MECH 282
Units/ Hours: 45

This course builds on the practical applications covered in GTAW I. Students perform fillet and groove welds in carbon steel in all positions. The student will be given the opportunity to work with stainless steel in the flat and horizontal positions with both GTAW and PAW. Students will learn to weld aluminum in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions. The student will demonstrate an ability to use the GTAW process in all positions on carbon steel, flat and horizontal positions on stainless steel and the flat horizontal and vertical positions on aluminum alloys.

Pre-Requisites
MECH 401
Units/ Hours: 15

This theoretical course will build on the students understanding of the metal making processes and give them a working knowledge of metallurgy required for working in the welding and fabrication industries. The student will be able to explain how materials are made and the effects of welding on the metallurgical properties of steel.

Pre-Requisites
CNST 177
Units/ Hours: 30

This course builds on the practical applications covered in Applied Blueprint Reading for Welders. Students will analyze technical drawings and use this information to create detailed part drawings, templates, bills of material, cut lists, and to estimate weight and costs of projects. Students will analyze technical drawings and use this information along with bill of materials to estimate weight and costs of projects. Labs will focus on theory/demonstrations and students will perform basic layout details as per drawings on various surfaces.

Pre-Requisites
MGMT 228
Units/ Hours: 30

Students will be introduced to project management and learn how to use project management software to manage an applied project. Project planning from project inception to completion and project management details will be emphasized.

MECH 281
Units/ Hours: 45

This intermediate level course builds on practical applications covered in Semi-Automatic Processes I and II. Students will perform fillet and groove welds using the GMAW and FCAW processes on carbon steel in all positions. The student will use the GMAW process to produce welds on stainless steel and aluminum alloys. The student will demonstrate and ability to use the GMAW and FCAW processes in all positions on carbon steel as well as the GMAW process on stainless steel and aluminum alloys in the flat position.

Pre-Requisites
MECH 280
Units/ Hours: 90

This intermediate level course builds on the practical applications covered in SMAW I and II. Students will perform fillet and groove welds using the SMAW process in all positions on carbon steel. Students will be introduced to welding stainless steel as well as open root welding on carbon steel in the flat position. The student will demonstrate an ability to weld fillet and groove welds in all positions, open root welds in the flat position and welding on stainless steel. The student will be preparing and performing destructive tests on their completed welds.

Pre-Requisites
MECH 402
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will cover theory and application of visual inspection with respect to welded assemblies used in the welding and fabrication industries. A working knowledge of non-destructive welding examination will also be covered. The student will be required to evaluate welded assemblies to detect and differentiate between discontinuities and defects. The student will be able to describe various non-destructive examination methods and have an understanding of their practical use.

Pre-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 4

BUSN 179
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the entrepreneurial skills required to operate a small business as well as be an effective member of a business team. Students will be required to create a small business plan.

MECH 287
Units/ Hours: 45

This course builds on the practical applications covered in GTAW I and II. The student will perform GTAW and progress through the basic full penetration pipe weld positions 1G (rotated), 2G, 5G and 6G in carbon steel. The students will assert this practical knowledge and perform pipe welding on an applied project to simulate an industrial application. Students will be given the opportunity to apply GTAW to weld stainless steel pipe in the 6G position.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
MECH 403
Units/ Hours: 30

This introductory-level course uses the concepts learned in Applied Blueprint Reading for Welders as well as Layout and Fitting Practices I to provide a working knowledge of using software to create part drawings and transfer these to CNC cutting equipment. The student will demonstrate the ability to produce part drawings and transfer these drawings into cut parts.

Pre-Requisites
MECH 288
Units/ Hours: 15

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply project management skills to a welding project. The applied project for the Layout and Fitting course will coincide with the application of project management skills in this course. Students will manage a welding project in this course.

Pre-Requisites
MECH 286
Units/ Hours: 45

This intermediate level course builds on practical applications covered in Semi-Automatic Processes I, II and III. Students will apply their knowledge of semi-automatic welding processes to complete the welding of an applied project. The student will be required to complete welding tests to create parameter guidelines for the completion of the applied projects. Students will also learn to operate submerged arc welding and stud welding equipment.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
MECH 285
Units/ Hours: 60

This intermediate level course builds on practical applications covered in SMAW I, II and III. The student will use the SMAW process to produce fillet and groove welds in the vertical and overhead positions on carbon steel and complete the welding of an applied project. The student will be assessed on their ability to produce welds in the vertical and overhead positions on carbon steel and their ability to complete an applied project. Students are provided with an opportunity to earn a CSA W47.1 standard welding ticket in an approved process of their choice.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.