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