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Gain in-demand skills at Fanshawe’s welding school - 2021/2022

Welding and Fabrication Technician is a two-year Ontario College Diploma Program designed to help students gain the necessary skills to meet the high demand. 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 your craft.

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. Students 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 students to master their craft. Instruction will incorporate emerging technologies like virtual/augmented reality and robotics welding. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their employability by earning Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certifications. The program includes a co-op work experience.

If you wish, 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

Co-op opportunity

In order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.

This is a two-year Co-operative Education program delivered over three years due to the co-op pattern. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma. More information about Co-operative Education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.

 

Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

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

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

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

Welding and Fabrication Technician-2021/2022

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MATH-1221Math for Welding2
Students are introduced to analytical skills typically required in a welding trade environment, with an emphasis on solving applied problems. Students explore concepts and operations involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, exponents, roots and percent, ratio and proportion. Students learn through interactive lectures, demonstrations, and assignment work.
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 14
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.

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CADD-1083Computer Aided Design1
This course introduces students to computer aided design. Students will learn to create basic two-dimensional drawings in AutoCAD and be introduced to the ways that AutoCAD can be used in Welding applications.
WELD-3014Welding Theory 22
Welding Theory 2 will build on lessons from content learned in Welding Theory 1. Students continue to study welding techniques, machine functions, electrodes, effects of shielding gases, types of filler wires and wire transfer methods.
WELD-1071Metallurgy Fundamentals1.5
This course of study introduces students to the study of ferrous metals and their alloys used in industry.
WELD-3015Practical Welding Lab 24
Practical Weld Lab 2 builds on students' skills and knowledge established during Lab 1. Students will also continue to hone their skills using GMAW and SMAW to become competent in completing tasks in vertical and overhead positions. In this lab, Carbon Air Arc will also be introduced. Students can be assessed to the W47.1 standard.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.

Level 3
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MATH-3093Trade Calculations2
This course builds on work-related math skills from Math 1 and will include basic algebraic techniques, geometric theorems involving angles and triangles, units of measurement and application of formulas, tables and charts to determine perimeter, area, volume, weight and bending allowance.
DRAF-3037Blueprint-Structural & Pipe2
This course is designed to further the students' knowledge by integrating symbols and line types in drawings that are associated with working in pressure fitting applications and piping of low/high pressures. Through lecture and individual/team projects, students become adept with reading larger working blueprints.
WELD-3016Welding Theory 32
Welding Theory 3 will cover the function of and equipment related to gas tungsten arc welding and flux core/metal core advanced functions. Theory related to pressure fitting and pipe welding will also be taught and applied.
WELD-3017Practical Welding Lab 34
Students will enhance their skills by learning the gas tungsten arc process in Practical Lab 3. Students perform fillet and groove welds on varied types and thicknesses of metals in multiple positions. Flux core /metal core process will also be covered.
COMM-3069Technical Communication for Technicians3
This course develops the project-based communication skills required by technicians in their fields of study and in their careers. The skills taught include those needed to work as part of a professional team, to prepare reports, to compose emails, to supply information in brief updates, and to present findings to an audience.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PLAN-3016Project Planning1
This course is designed to offer students a better understanding of the process behind producing products from start to finish. Students will progress from initial design to drawing to costing and fabrication. They will adhere to proper procedures, codes and standards. This course will also focus on project planning from an entrepreneurial perspective, with a view to skills/attitudes required to create and maintain a small business.
WELD-3018Metallurgy for Welders1
In this course, students investigate properties of different steel and the effects of stress and heating. They will learn testing and inspection procedures related to the welding industry. Identification of discontinuities is also highlighted.
WELD-5008Fabrication Lab1
In this course, students will be tasked with submitting plans for a practical capstone project. Students select proper materials and process and perform the necessary operations to bring the fabrication to its completion.
WELD-5009Practical Welding Lab 44
Practical Welding Lab 4 advances the students' knowledge by integrating pipe and pressure vessel welding techniques.
WELD-5010Robotics & Welding1
This course offers students the opportunity to learn programming and operation of multi axis automated welding robots. Students work in a safe controlled robotic cell learning communication and welding commands needed to operate today's high production equipment.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 9 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Levels 2, 3 and 4

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 15 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

  • Structural Steel Welder
  • Boilermaker
  • Steamfitter
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Millwright
  • Sheet Metal Mechanic
  • Welding Inspector
  • Welding Technologist

More Information - 2021/2022

A Co-operative Education Program
A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: WFT1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
May Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars
 available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

Contact

School of Applied Science and Technology: 519-452-4419

Program Description

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. Students will enjoy a mix of theoretical and practical learning in Fanshawe�s new state-of-the-art welding lab.  The program features a significant amount of in-lab practice time to allow students to master their craft.  Instruction will incorporate emerging technologies like virtual/augmented reality, robotics and pulse welding. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their employability by earning Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certifications. The program includes a co-op work experience.

If you wish, 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. 

Co-operative Education

In order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.

This is a two-year Co-operative Education program delivered over three years due to the co-op pattern. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma. More information about Co-operative Education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.

Program Pathways

For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.

Program Details

More details

2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 May
London
Open
2022 September
London
Open
2023 January
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability
2022 May
London
Open
2022 September
London
Open
2023 January
London
Open
Program Code
WFT1
Delivery
Co-op
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Duration
60 weeks