The Welding pre-employment certificate program provides knowledge and skill development in operating welding equipment and performing basic welding operations using current welding practices. You will receive training in: oxy-acetylene fusion welding, ARC, MIG and TIG welding processes, operating fabrication equipment, using blueprints, general shop practice, shop safety.
**The following equipment must be purchased by students through a vendor of their choosing:
Meadow Lake Campus
Aug 31st, 2020 - May 21st, 2021 Full-time
Tuition: $5928.00 (subject to change)
Application Fee of $35.00
Other: $1300.00  Clothing & Books
* Grade 10 or GED 12
* English Language Requirement
You will use fundamental employability skills related to obtaining and keeping a job. You will apply skills to work effectively with others and produce job-related documents. You will identify employability and practical skills to prepare effective job search materials and discuss the effect of attitudes and behaviours on a successful job search.
The course covers the proper use and maintenance of the hand tools and the shop equipment used in welding and fabricating shops in industry.
You will learn math concepts commonly used in the Welding trade. After reviewing basic mathematics and basic equations, you will solve applied percent and proportion problems. You will perform Imperial and SI conversions, and calculate the perimeter, area and volume of many common shapes, as well as use Pythagorean theorem. Trade applications include using protractors and steel tapes as well as calculating stretchouts and economical layout of various plates.
You will become familiar with the physical and chemical properties of commonly used metals in the welding trade. You will study the effect of the heating and cooling cycle involved in welding operations (with particular attention given to the heat affected zone). You will also review the use of heat to correct distortion and to change the physical properties of metals, and the classification system for identifying metal.
Your studies in print reading will include: views, line types, types of drawings and basic welding symbols. You will practice basic drawing interpretation skills.
Constructing various welding projects will help you develop welding and steel fabricating skills.
You will study the role of quality and elements of quality assurance in today's welding industry.
Your studies will focus on general safety as it applies to the welding trade. You will learn how to use firefighting equipment, organize a shop for safe welding operation and safely transport and store welding supplies. You will also learn basic rigging techniques. You will study and receive certification in WHMIS and be introduced to the articles of Occupational Health and Safety Act that apply to the trade.
You will learn how to safely operate and maintain oxy-acetylene equipment as used in the welding trade. The course covers the types of flames and their chemistry, the selection of filler metal and a comparison of fusion and braze welding. You will also develop practical skills in fusion welding of 14 gauge steel in the flat and vertical positions, braze welding on mild steel in the flat position and braze welding on cast iron in the vertical position.
You will acquire skill in using freehand and guided methods for cutting mild steel. The freehand method is used to make straight cuts in 14 gauge and straight cuts, bevel cuts and pierce holes in the plate. The guided method is used to do straight cuts, bevel cuts, and cut circles from plate. You will also be introduced to plasma arc cutting.
You will learn the procedures for setting up and adjusting welding equipment for Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) of steel and aluminum while addressing GMAW safety concerns. You will learn to select the correct mode of metal transfer and identify and choose the size and type of filler wire and the type of shielding gas to be used. You will learn how to make fillet welds in the flat, vertical and horizontal positions and full strength groove welds in the flat and vertical positions on various metal thicknesses. You will also weld using flux-cored electrode wire (FCAW) and metal-cored electrode wire (MCAW).
You will learn how to set-up and adjust Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) welding equipment required for welding mild steel and aluminum. You will examine the types of electrodes, shielding gases and electrical current types used in the GTAW welding. You will develop skills in welding mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum in the flat position.
You will be introduced to the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process and study the types of power sources, electrical characteristics of welding circuits, and mild steel and low alloy electrodes. You will develop your skills in welding beads in the flat, vertical and horizontal positions and producing fillet welds in the horizontal position.
You will continue developing skill in using the SMAW process. The course content includes vertical and overhead fillets, arc air gouging and other common applications of the SMAW process.
You will further develop your skills in the SMAW process for welding in the flat, vertical and horizontal positions. You will practice full strength, open root, and groove welds in the flat, vertical and horizontal positions. Your groove welds will be subjected to bend testing and evaluated against a standard similar to that used in journeyperson or ASME code qualification tests.