Program Overview

Welding and Fabrication Technician is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program with a paid co-op component. Students will learn a mix of theoretical and practical knowledge in the new state-of-the-art welding lab. Graduates will feel confident entering the workforce after a significant amount of in-lab practice time to master their craft.

Program Details

Program Code
WFT1
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Duration
60 weeks
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2025 January
London
Open
2023 September
London
Closed
2024 January
London
Closed
2024 September
London
Waitlisted
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2025 January
London
Open
2023 September
London
Closed
2024 January
London
Closed
2024 September
London
Closed

Your Learning Experience

Ontario enjoys consistent demand for welders and this program is designed to allow students to graduate with a skill set that meets the needs of even the most current manufacturing environments.

 

Over two years, you will enjoy a mix of theoretical and practical welding courses in Fanshawe's new state-of-the-art welding lab. The program features a significant amount of in-lab practice time to allow you to master your craft. Instruction will incorporate emerging technologies and welding processes such as virtual/augmented reality, robotics pulse and pulse robotics welding.

 

You will also have the opportunity to enhance your employability by earning Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certifications and through the program's paid co-op work experiences.

 

Program Progression

Fall Intake

Fall Winter Summer
Academic Level 1 Academic Level 2 Co-op
Academic Level 3 Academic Level 4 Co-op

Winter Intake

Fall Winter Summer
  Academic Level 1 Academic Level 2
Co-op Academic Level 3 Academic Level 4
Co-op    

 

Program Coordinator

Chris Hooper

 

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant with the following course

- Grade 12 Math (C or U)

Students who do not meet the admission requirements are recommended for academic upgrading. A conditional offer may be possible with proof of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants may choose to do a one-year Pre-Technology preparatory program that provides all the admissions requirements for this program.
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
TOEFL iBT 79
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. score of 80 in listening
PTE Academic 53
Cambridge English Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 95

 

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Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Note:
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Welding and Fabrication Technician program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Welding and Fabrication Technician program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Welding and Fabrication Technician program.

Courses

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MATH-1231Math for Welding3
This is an introductory technical mathematics course, focusing on arithmetic (with and without a calculator), measurement and unit conversion, and geometry with an emphasis towards welding applications. Students will solve problems involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent, perimeter, area and volume.
SFTY-1085Industrial Safety & Rigging3
Students learn how to work safely in a potentially dangerous environment. Specifically, they learn how to identify hazardous conditions and how to prevent work place accidents. Personal, workplace and welding machinery/equipment safety are emphasized throughout the course. Working at heights, fall restraint, confined space training and chain/sling rigging are a few of the focal points discussed.
DRAF-1069Blueprint Reading-Intro2
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge to interpret a variety of drawings and schematics typically found in a welding and fabricating environment. Emphasis is placed on drawing interpretation, basic drafting, sketching, and common welding symbols. Specifically, students learn the language of technical drawings including symbols, types of lines and welding symbols. They examine the standard form for orthographic projection, including how to interpret detailed engineering drawings.
WELD-1079Welding Theory 12
Welding Theory 1 course introduces students to core theoretical models shared across multiple welding processes including: weld joint configuration, electrical terminology, and physics related to welding projects.
WELD-1070Practical Welding Lab 13
Students are introduced to working in a welding environment in this hands-on lab setting. Students will develop the skills to produce fillet and groove welds in the flat and horizontal positions using shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW) processes. Students can be assessed to the standard by Canadian Welding Bureau representatives.
WRIT-1039Reason & Writing 1-Technology3
This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
WELD-1072Virtual Welding 11
This course introduces students to the latest welding technology using industry leading Lincoln Vertex 360 advanced welding simulators with virtual reality technology. Students will gain valuable experience and gain confidence while learning to weld different joint configurations in flat through to overhead positions.
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Tuition Summary

Canadian Costs
$7,885.80
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$32,252.56
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

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