Welding and Fabrication Technician (Co-op)

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.

Overview

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.

Pathway Opportunities

When you graduate you'll have the skills and knowledge necessary to continue as a second-year apprentice welder, boilermaker, pipefitter, steamfitter, millwright or sheet-metal mechanic or enter the workforce as a welding technician.

 

Program Progression

Fall start

Fall Winter Summer
Start Level 1 Level 2 Co-op
Level 3 Level 4 N/A

 

Winter start

Fall Winter Summer
N/A Start Level 1 Level 2
Co-op Level 3 Level 4

 

Summer start

Fall Winter Summer
N/A N/A Start Level 1
Level 2 Co-op Level 3
Level 4 N/A N/A

 

 

Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Waitlisted
2023 January
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Open
2023 January
London
Open

Program Details

Program Code
WFT1

Program Coordinator

Chris Hooper

Delivery
Co-op
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Duration
60 weeks

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH: 
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics* (C) or (U)
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
OR
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
- Any Grade 12 Mathematics* (C) or (U)
OR
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above 

Note:
  • Applicants who lack the required course may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
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.

Tuition Summary

Canadian Costs
$6,831.80
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$31,324.76
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.

 

Courses

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MATH-1221Math for Welding2
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-1069Welding Theory 13
This 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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