Welding Techniques

January 2021

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Certificate ( 2 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 11, 2021
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,467.92 per semester*
$8,461.56 per semester*
Complete tuition detail below

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.

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 Techniques 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.

You will also have Grade 12 Math equivalency.

In addition, you will have an opportunity to obtain industry related health and safety certifications.

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.

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.

Additional Costs

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

Download the Required Equipment and Tools list

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Welding Techniques must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD with majority of credits at the Workplace (E) level including Gr 12 (E)English

Where Workplace level courses are listed, C, U and M courses will be accepted.

For programs requiring a majority of credits at the Workplace level, OLC4O will be counted as an acceptable English course.

Important Notice

New admission requirements effective September 2021.

Students applying to Welding Techniques must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD with Gr 12 C English and Gr 11 C Math

Effective September 2021, Welding Techniques will not be equivalent to the first year of Welding and Fabrication Technician, but it will be a pathway to Welding and Fabrication Technician entry with a final grade of 55% in Math courses.

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 testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

Tuition Detail

Tuition and ancillary fees are subject to change without notice. The fees presented below reflect Fall start programs only for the current academic year. For details about the fee differences for other program start dates please refer to the below.

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized below.

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