Welding and Fabrication Technician Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2020

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 08, 2020
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
WFT
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,473.62 per semester*
International:
$8,386.67 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.

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 299
Units/ Hours: 45

This course builds on practical applications covered in Welding Processes and Practices. Students are provided with the opportunity to perform fillet welds using SMAW in accordance with government health and safety standards, manufacturers recommendations and approved industry standards. Students are provided with the opportunity to be assessed in the 1F,2F,3F, and 4F positions.

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 first semester courses and program areas.

MECH 257
Units/ Hours: 30

This theoretical course will expand on the topics covered in Preparing for Welding Processes & Practices. Students will be able to set up welding equipment,choose appropriate consumables and apply various welding processesin accordance with industry standards.

MECH 254
Units/ Hours: 60

This course provides students with an opportunity to practice the fundamental processes of welding. Welding processes covered in this course include OFW, SMAW, GMAW and oxy-fuel cutting. In addition, students will apply techniques in fusion welding, brazing and cutting. Students will apply safe handling procedures for the use of potentially dangerous equipment in accordance with industry standards.

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 260
Units/ Hours: 75

This course builds on practical applications covered in Welding Processes and Practices. Students are provided with the opportunity to perform fillet and grove welds using GMAW &FCAW in accordance with government health and safety standards, manufacturer?s recommendations and approved industry standards. Students are provided with an opportunity to be assessed to the CSA W47.1standards in the 1F, 2F and 1G, 2G positions.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
MECH 261
Units/ Hours: 45

This course builds on practical applications covered in Welding Processes and Practices. Students are provided with the opportunity to perform fillet and grove welds using GTAW in 1 F,2F and 1G, 2G positions in accordance with government health and safety standards, manufacturer?s recommendations and approved industry standards.

Pre-Requisites
MECH 300
Units/ Hours: 45

This course builds on practical applications covered in SMAW I. Students are provided with the opportunity to perform fillet and groove welds using SMAW in accordance with government health and safety standards, manufacturer's recommendations and approved industry standards. Students are provided with an opportunity to be assessed to the CSA W47.1 standard in 1GF, 2GF and be introduced to 3GF positions.

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 expand on the topics covered in Welding Fundamentals I. Topics covered in this course include the fundamentals of FCAW, MCAW and GTAW Plasma and Arc cutting/gouging processes and their respective components and consumables. An introduction to metallurgy, weld faults and inspection processes will also be introduced.

Pre-Requisites
GNED 14
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed for students who will work in an industrial setting. The course takes a broad look at environmental issues relating to industrial practices. In some cases, technical details of recovery/recycling processes are covered. Topics include industry's effect on and remediation of natural resources such as water, air, soil, and biotic life. New approaches by industry toward sustainability and waste management are also included.

Semester 3

MECH 281
Units/ Hours: 45

This course builds on practical applications covered in GMAW I. Students are provided with the opportunity to perform fillet and grove welds using GMAW & FCAW in accordance with government health and safety standards, manufacturer's recommendations and approved industry standards. Students are provided with an opportunity to be assessed to the CSA W47.2 standards in the 1F, 2F and 1G, 2G positions using Aluminum and CWA W47.1 standards using Stainless Steel. Students will also be assessed to CSA W47.1 standards in 3F & 3G (vertical) position on mild steel.

Pre-Requisites
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 the 3F/3G (up progression) as well as the 4F/4G positions. The student will be given the opportunity to work with stainless steel in the 1G/2F positions with both GTAW and PAW. Students will learn to weld aluminum in the 1G/2F/2G and the 3F/3G (up progression) positions. All tasks will be performed in accordance with government health and safety standards, manufacturers recommendations and approved industry standards.

Pre-Requisites
CNST 177
Units/ Hours: 30

This course builds on practical applications covered in Applied Blue Print Reading for Welders. 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 280
Units/ Hours: 90

This course builds on practical applications covered in SMAW II. Students are provided with the opportunity to perform fillet and groove welds using SMAW on ferrous and nonferrous materials in accordance with government health and safety standards, manufacturer's recommendations and approved industry standards. Students are provided with an opportunity to be assessed to the CSA W47.1 standard for fillet welds and groove welds in all positions. Students will be performing Destructive Testing techniques on their welded projects. Open root welding will also be introduced.

Pre-Requisites
MECH 279
Units/ Hours: 45

This theoretical course will expand on the topics covered in Welding Fundamentals II, with the focus on metallurgy, weld faults, inspection processes and quality control. Laser and Plasma welding will also be introduced.

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

MECH 284
Units/ Hours: 60

In this course students will work on projects applying layout and fabrication techniques used in the structural (CSA) and pressure fitting (ASME) industry.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
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 286
Units/ Hours: 45

This course builds on practical applications covered in GMAW II. Students are provided with the opportunity to perform fillet and grove welds using GMAW-P in accordance with government health and safety standards, manufacturer's recommendations and approved industry standards. Students will be assessed to in the 1F, 2F, 3F and 1G, 2G, 3G positions. Thin Gauge welding on steel will be introduced. SAW and Stud welding to ASME and CSA codes will be demonstrated.

Co-Requisites
MECH 287
Units/ Hours: 45

This course builds on the practical applications covered in GTAW I and GTAW II. The students 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. All tasks will be performed in accordance with government health and safety standards, manufacturers recommendations and approved industry standards.

Co-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.

Co-Requisites
MECH 285
Units/ Hours: 60

This course builds on practical applications covered in SMAW III. Students are provided with the opportunity to perform open root welds using SMAW in accordance with government health and safety standards, manufacturer's recommendations and approved industry standards. Student will be assessed by doing 3GF and 4GF welds to CWB 47.1 standards . Students will be performing Destructive Testing techniques on their welded projects.

Co-Requisites
MECH 283
Units/ Hours: 30

This theoretical course will expand on the topics covered in Welding Fundamentals III, focus being on inspection processes and codes as to both CSA W48 structural and ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel/Piping standards. Fitting practices to ASME standards will also be introduced.

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.