Welding Techniques


Ontario College Certificate

Area Of Interest

Skilled Trades


32 weeks

Program Code



Thunder Bay


Start Dates & Ontario Colleges Program Codes:
Fall Start (September): 0375

Forge Your Own Future

Take your career into your own hands with a trade that is in high demand. You’ll learn all the basics of conventional and new welding techniques, watching yourself progress as your projects come to life. After graduation and certification, you’ll be ready to work in almost any industry you want, almost anywhere you want!

Confederation College’s Welding Techniques certificate program gives you the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to get a start in this exciting and in-demand field. Using our conventional and state-of-the-art welding power sources, you’ll get practical experience in various welding techniques. You’ll also get the shop instruction required to work towards your four position Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certification – flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead – that most employers use as the standard for employment. Courses include basic arc welding, blueprint reading, pipe to plate, T-joints, basic metallurgy, pressure plate, and advanced welding.

Top Highlights

  • Get hands-on training with our conventional and state-of-the art welding equipment
  • Program prepares you for your CWB certification, the standard for employment for most shops
  • Personalized instruction provides plenty of opportunity for one-on-one learning
  • Program meets industrial standards, principles, practices, and trade disciplines of today’s job market

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Complete all work in compliance with pertinent legislation, standards, regulations, and industry codes.
  2. Comply with current health and safety regulations, as well as organizational practices and procedures.
  3. Interpret and sketch weld symbols, drawings, and blueprints.
  4. Determine and select the correct materials required for the intended fabrication or application.
  5. Operate various stationary power equipment and hand tools in a safe and competent manner.
  6. Perform basic layout techniques.
  7. Perform basic welds and cutting operations using oxy-fuel equipment; and cutting and gouging using electric plasma arc and carbon arc equipment.
  8. Perform weld applications utilizing Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux Core Welding (FCAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) operations.
  9. Produce Canadian Standards Association (CSA) 47.1 visual welds in all positions for structural and pressure applications.
  10. Fabricate and construct projects from shop drawings.
  11. Identify discontinuities and defects in welds, demonstrate how to prevent them, and define methods for correcting discontinuities and defective weld quality.
  12. Meet the requirements for Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Welding Qualification Certification in a practice test.


Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Welding Techniques program go on to entry-level roles in various positions and industries including construction trades, Ironworker Welder, Boilermaker Welder, Millwright Welder, Carpenter Welder, Maintenance Welder, heavy equipment repair, Forestry Welder, Transportation Welder, Sheet Metal Welder and Mining Welder. This in-demand skill is applicable in many different industries, and may be combined with other Skilled Trades to expand your skill set and ultimately give you a leg up at finding a good, well-paying job.

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