Welding and Fabrication Techniques

Become a welder with Algonquin College’s Welding and Fabrication Techniques certificate program, where you will learn metal fabrication and receive welding training in preparation for a rewarding career.

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Welding and Fabrication Techniques (Weekend)


Ontario College Certificate
45 Week(s)

Program Code: 1507X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program uses a combination of theory and shop work to enable students to develop the skills necessary to work independently and as a team member in the welding and fabrication field.

All practical classes are taught in the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) facility. ACCE is fully outfitted with up-to-date equipment and tools allowing Algonquin to teach both traditional, as well as advanced technology used in today`s welding and fabrication industry.

Students learn key welding concepts including reading and interpreting engineered drawings, metallurgy and joint and metal preparation. While demonstrating safe handling of all materials and equipment, students develop skills in Oxy-acetylene Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux-Core Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding and Plasma Arc Cutting.

This program spreads training over three consecutive levels. Students progressively learn various welding and welding fabrication techniques while also building a strong foundation of essential skills that employers are looking for from their employees in the areas of basic welding inspection methods, mathematics, communications and ethics.

This program offers one co-operative education (Co-op) Work Term(s) option. Qualified students with a minimum GPA of 3.6, have the opportunity to apply for paid co-op employment to gain valuable work experience and networks within industry. *See Additional Information for more details.

Upon successful completion of this hands-on program, graduates are equipped with skills that may earn them employment locally, nationally or internationally.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at http://algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


 This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Thrive in an active, hands-on learning environment.
  • Enjoy working independently and as a member of a team.
  • Are interested in mechanical processes.

Your Career

Graduates may find work in a broad variety of industries including machine shops, fabrication and manufacturing companies, ship repair, mining, building construction and welding inspection.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Work safely and in accordance with all relevant legislation, regulations, guidelines and procedures.
  2. Read and interpret blueprints and welding specifications.
  3. Identify and select materials and processes for fabrication projects.
  4. Perform basic technical measurements using appropriate tools.
  5. Use shop tools and equipment for the manufacture and repair of components to required specifications.
  6. Work both independently and as a team member within established practices and procedures in a shop environment.
  7. Set up and safely operate equipment for various welding processes.
  8. Assess weld quality and implement corrective action where required.
  9. Set up and operate equipment for Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) applications and perform these in a variety of positions.
  10. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
GED2012 Achieving Success in the 21st Century Rapid changes in technology have created new employment and business opportunities that challenge each of us to find our place as citizens in the emerging society. Life in the 21st century presents significant opportunities, creates potential hazards, and demands that we face new responsibilities in ethical ways. Students explore the possibilities ahead, assess their own aptitudes and strengths, and apply critical thinking and decision making tools to help resolve some of the important issues present in our complex society with its competing interests. 45.0
MAT8584 Mathematics Welders regularly measure, cut and calculate distances, areas and volumes. Students develop the skills to efficiently add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals and fractions, as well as to calculate distances, areas and volumes in both metric and U.S. Customary units. Students use ratio and proportion for scale modelling and rate problems and percentages for estimating and tax calculations. Students explore basic math operations along with exponents and algebra to aid them with their calculations. 30.0
WEL1011 Welding Techniques Lab Students demonstrate and practise various types of basic welding including Gas Tungsten Welding (GTAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Oxy-acetylene cutting (OAC). Students also practise GTAW and SMAW in both flat and horizontal positions.

Co-requisites: WEL1013
WEL1013 Welding Techniques Basic welding and fabrication concepts are explored. Students learn about the assembly of various components, the storage, safe handling and proper use of welding equipment. Safety requirements and potential hazards are stressed for all aspects of electric welding and shop work.

Co-requisites: WEL1011
Level: 02 Hours
DRA1022 Mechanical Engineered Drawings Interpretation skills for blueprints and layouts related to the welding and fabrication field are established. Students learn how to read and interpret mechanical and component prints, technical and working drawings, sectional views, and point to point dimensioning. Welding symbols and welding joint configurations are also introduced.

Prerequisites: MAT8584 and WEL1013

Co-requisites: WEL1021 and WEL1022
WEL1021 Welding Fabrication Lab I Students use a variety of hand and power tools to produce welding projects. They practise Gas Tungsten Welding (GTAW) on stainless steel in the flat and horizontal positions. Students practise Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) in both vertical and overhead positions. In addition to these two processes students also practise Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW) in the flat and horizontal positions.

Prerequisites: WEL1011 and WEL1013

Co-requisites: DRA1022 and WEL1022 and WEL1023
WEL1022 Welding Fabrication Theory I Welding processes including Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) are introduced. Students are also instructed in the safe use of hand tools, and measuring devices used for fabrication and fit-up of welding projects.

Prerequisites: WEL1011 and WEL1013

Co-requisites: WEL1021
WEL1023 Metallurgy and Distortion Understanding metallurgy is critical to the success of a welder. Students examine characteristics, attributes, and composition of metals through the application of heat and physical force. Basic inspection methods are also explored.

Prerequisites: WEL1011 and WEL1013

Co-requisites: WEL1021 and WEL1022
Level: 03 Hours
ENL1813T Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
WEL1033 Welding Fabrication Lab II Students apply advanced skills and knowledge to various welding and fabrication projects. They perform Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) with mild and stainless steel in all positions. Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) is performed in multiple positions. In addition to these two processes students practise Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) in multiple positions.

Prerequisites: WEL1021 and WEL1022

Co-requisites: WEL1034
WEL1034 Welding Fabrication Theory II Welding authorities, such as the Canadian Standards Association, the Canadian Welding Bureau and the American Welding Society are discussed along with their part in the welding industry. Students are also introduced to various Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and advanced fabrication techniques, such as working with jigs.

Prerequisites: WEL1021 and WEL1022

Co-requisites: WEL1033
Co-op: 01 Hours
WKT2011 Co-op Work Term Building Trades Programs Students complete a cooperative work term and submit a written report documenting the location of employment and the duties performed. 0.0

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $6,744.26. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $21,095.30. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit www.algonquincollege.com/ro/pay/tuition-and-expenses

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/etexts

Books and supplies can be purchased at the campus store. Expenses total approximately $700 for the program duration.

Students may choose to complete external Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Qualification of Welding Procedures test for different types of welding (shielded metal arc, gas metal arc , flux-cored arc or gas tungsten arc) in one or more position (flat, horizontal, vertical, overhead). The additional fees for CWB qualification testing are the responsibility of the student.

Students are responsible for parking and locker fees, if applicable.

All students are responsible to supply their own CSA approved safety footwear. Running shoes are not acceptable.

The program incidental fees include personal protective equipment (protective eyewear, hearing protection, gloves and a welding shield).

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $450 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. OR
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Refresher/upgrading courses are available through Academic Upgrading courses, the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning and through local school boards.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at ontariocolleges.ca

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at https://algonquincollege.force.com/myACint/ or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

Co-op is a real-world job search process requiring students to apply, interview, and earn jobs rather than being placed by the College. In the term prior to the co-operative education (Co-op) Work Term, students are required to independently complete online modules that assist with resume and cover letter writing, and interview technique preparation. Students must actively conduct a self-directed job search and are responsible to secure approved program related paid co-op employment. Students compete for co-op positions alongside students from Algonquin and other Canadian and international colleges and universities. Algonquin College`s Co-op Office provides assistance in developing co-op opportunities and facilitates the overall process but does not guarantee that a student will obtain employment in a co-operative education (Co-op) Work Term. Co-op employment opportunities requiring relocation may be considered, and are subject to departmental approval with the understanding that all associated expenses are incurred by students e.g., travel, work permits/visa applications, accommodation, etc.

Co-operative education (Co-op) Work Terms are typically four months in duration and are completed during a term when students are currently not studying on campus. For details on study-work progressions for specific programs, please visit www.algonquincollege.com/coop.

This program also has a Weekend offering beginning in January. For more information please refer to the Welding and Fabrication Techniques (Weekend Intake) 1507W.

Note: The co-op option is not available to students in the Weekend program offering.

For more information, please contact Jeff Ross, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 7052 or Jeffrey.Ross@algonquincollege.com.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time