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Overview

This program is offered at Seneca College's King Campus and provides students with an introduction to the welding and metal fabrication field. Welders operate equipment to weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Machine operators run previously set up production welding, brazing and soldering equipment. They are employed by companies that manufacture structural steel and platework, boilers, heavy machinery, aircraft and ships and other metal products, and by welding contractors and welding shops, or they may be self-employed.

The program prepares students for licensing by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB).

The Canadian Welding Bureau was formed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) over 60 years ago. The purpose of the CWB is to administer Canada's national welding standards, which are embedded in the national building code and other industry specific regulations. CWB certifies welding companies that create products for use in Canada as well as the welders and welding products and gasses used to create them. Within the structural and erecting industry, it is mandatory that all companies be certified by the CWB, however many non-structural welding companies choose to be voluntarily certified, as the CWB is the only organization that issues nationally recognized credentials.

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Career Opportunities

Those who successfully complete this program may be employed in:

  • custom fabrication
  • ship building and repair
  • aerospace precision welding
  • pressure vessel welding
  • pipeline construction welding
  • structural construction welding
  • machinery and equipment repair welding

 Welders perform some of the following tasks and duties:

  • Read and interpret blueprints or welding process specifications
  • Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments, using processes such as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), plasma arc welding (PAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), oxy-acetylene welding (OAW), resistance welding and submerged arc welding (SAW)
  • Operate manual or semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment
  • Operate brazing and soldering equipment
  • Operate metal shaping machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines
  • Repair worn parts of metal products by welding on extra layers
  • Operate previously set up welding machines such as spot, butt and seam resistance or gas and arc welding machines to fabricate or repair metal parts
  • Operate previously set up brazing or soldering machines to bond metal parts or to fill holes, indentations and seams of metal articles with solder
  • Start up, shut down, adjust and monitor robotic welding production lines

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Curriculum

WLD101
Fundamentals Welding Processes
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This course is designed for individuals who are interested in welding and have little or no previous experience. Instruction is given on the correct use of Oxy Fuel Cutting and Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and torch brazing. Welding techniques in all positions are introduced.
Students must provide their own CSA approved safety boots, safety glasses, and welding gloves.




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WLD102
Welding Processes - Advanced
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Prerequisite(s):

None. However, it is recommended that students have taken or be enrolled in WLD101 or have previous SMAW experience.

This course is designed for individuals who have completed the Basic Welding Processes (WLD101) course or have SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) experience and wish to further their welding skills and training. Content includes specific skills in oxy-fuel torch operation, MIG welding, TIG welding, and S.M.A.W. skills involving common structural shapes, pipe, all position welding, groove welds, and destructive weld testing, as well as shop prints and welding symbols.




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WLD103
CWB Structural Welding All Positions
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Prerequisite(s):

None. However, it is recommended that students have taken or be enrolled in WLD102 or have a CWB ticket.

This course is designed for individuals who have completed the Basic Welding Processes (WLD101) course or have SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) experience and wish to further their welding skills and training. Content involves welding, drawings, symbols, and practical instruction with test coupon groove joint plates just like the ones used for the C.W.B. testing.




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Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate safe workplace practices.
  • Fabricate and assemble a given project according to specifications and tolerances.
  • Interpret and work with a variety of shop drawings and weld symbols.
  • Perform oxyacetylene welding and cutting operations.
  • Perform shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) on tee, lap, corner and butt joints to trade specifications in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions.
  • Perform gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) on tee, lap, corner and butt joints in flat and horizontal positions with applicable filler rod on mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum.
  • Perform gas metal arc welding (GMAW) on tee, lap, corner and butt joints in flat, horizontal and vertical (up and down) positions using various filler wires on mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum.
  • Identify welding defects.
  • Demonstrate readiness for CWB testing.

Completion

Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

Program Framework

The program's total of 126 instructional hours consist of theory and practical sessions, which help the student to acquire the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in metal fabrication and welding.

Program Location

The program is offered at the King Campus at Bloomington Road and Dufferin Street in King City (13990 Dufferin St., King City) in the welding shop building.

Program Contacts

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below it.





Ariane Favereau Broughton
Program Assistant

416.491.5050 x22663


Mike Borean
Program Coordinator

416.491.5050 x55023