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The integrated training model used in this program provides students with a coordinated pathway taking them from pre-apprenticeship training through to a Provincial Certificate of Qualification with Red Seal. It includes all aspects of program delivery including 'on campus' training at Holland College and 'in industry' work placements.
The Welding Fabrication program prepares students with the comprehensive skills and knowledge they require to gain employment in the welding fabrication industry. Meeting industry's demand for multi-skilled individuals, the program takes a broad approach, providing skills in the layout, fabrication, assembly and erection of metal framework and miscellaneous items by cutting, forming and welding. Students will also be trained in the use of stationary power equipment such as press break, shear and rolls. Students in this area of study will train to the Red Seal standard for the designated trade of Welder for a minimum of 4,500 hours which includes a combination of three years of in-school and industry training.
This is a US Federal Aid approved program.
Welder Coursesprint full list with descriptions
Take the following course(s):
Occupational Health and Safety
An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.
Course Code: SAFE-1005
This course is designed to allow students to develop preparatory skills for securing and retaining employment including; workplace communication, time management, critical thinking and problem-solving, and customer service. Upon successful completion of this course students are able to use oral communications techniques, and create a variety of written documents and reports used in the workplace. Methods and strategies for job search, preparation and retention are also incorporated.
Course Code: COMM-1005
In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of various software programs and information processing systems used in today's workplace and educational environments. Students develop the skills necessary to understand and efficiently use common workplace productivity tools. The main areas of focus include: operating systems, e-mail and groupware, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentation software, and the integration of these technologies.
Course Code: COMP-1000
Introduction to Welding and Safety
An orientation to the welder trade, apprenticeship training, using a lift truck and safety. Students learn about shop safety for the metal trades, access equipment, occupational health and safety, fire arrest and fire suppression and become certified in First Aid, CPR and WHMIS.
Course Code: WELD-1001
Oxy-Fuel Cutting and Welding
Students set up and maintain oxy-fuel cutting and welding equipment, ensuring correct parameters and consumables are selected. Students perform cutting, joint removal, welding and brazing.
Course Code: WELD-1025
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
The fundamentals of the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process. GTAW is widely used throughout the welding fabrication industry and is a precise method of welding stainless steel, aluminum, and mild steel.
Course Code: WELD-1035
Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
An introduction to the safety aspects, set-up and uses of the SMAW process. Students weld typical joints in the four positions using F-3 and F-4 electrodes and be introduced to the ASME standard, Section IX "Open Root Boiler and Pressure Vessel" test. Students perform plate tests, evaluate the welded plates and prepare them for bending.
Course Code: WELD-1042
Carbon and Plasma Arc Cutting and Gouging Procedures
Students use the arc cutting process to cut and remove metal. Students are prepared to safely use Manual Carbon Arc and Plasma Cutting equipment.
Course Code: WELD-1047
Gas Metal Arc Welding I
An introduction to welding using the GMAW process. Students learn the basics of the GMAW process including selecting, setting up and using GMAW equipment to weld fillet and butt welds in the four positions.
Course Code: WELD-1065
Introduction to Rigging and Materials Handling
Students develop a working knowledge of safe working loads, safe handling and storage of materials and working load limits with regards to basic rigging. Participation in a one-day seminar instructed by Crosby Canada is a significant component of this course.
Course Code: WELD-1080
Flux/Metal Cored Arc Welding I
Students learn the basics of the Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) process including selecting, setting up, using and maintaining FCAW equipment. Students weld basic joints in the 4 positions.
Course Code: WELD-1085
Tools and Equipment
An introduction to measuring, layout, power tools and stationary equipment for the Welding Fabrication trade. Students will choose, sharpen and safely using drill bits.
Course Code: WELD-1095
Stationary Power Equipment I
Students learn to safely use and maintain various stationary power tools, including shear, iron worker, band saw and bench grinders.
Course Code: WELD-1122
Students will gain industry experience and apply skills and knowledge gained during the preceding courses.
Course Code: WELD-1130
Submerged Arc Welding I
An introduction to submerged arc welding (SAW) process. Students will identify when this process is used, set up the equipment and weld using the process.
Course Code: WELD-1235
Students gain industry experience and apply skills and knowledge gained while taking all of the preceding courses.
Course Code: WELD-2000
Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
An intermediate SMAW course. Students follow CSA standard W 47.1-03 outlining the proper procedure for SMAW. Students perform bend tests, compare and contrast the procedures to pre-heat base metals, discuss maintaining inter-pass temperatures as well as evaluate the effects of welding on various metals. As well, students weld pipe in all positions using the SMAW process with F-3 and F-4 class electrodes.
Course Code: WELD-2012
Stationary Power Equipment II
Students safely use and maintain various stationary power tools, including a working knowledge of the safety features and equipment maintenance schedules. Students work with rolls, brakes and computer numerical controlled (CNC) equipment.
Course Code: WELD-2022
Students estimate work hours and welding costs, create schedules, choose project equipment, choose fabrication materials, and comply with project requirements. Students gain experience in managing their own time and maintaining repair logs for shop equipment while learning about International Standards Organization (ISO) standards as they relate to Welding Fabrication.
Course Code: WELD-2032
Students set up and use specialty welding processes: SMAW on cast iron, GTAW on titanium and robotic welding.
Course Code: WELD-2035
Destructive and Non-Destructive Testing
An introduction to CSA and ASME inspection standards as they relate to the Welding trade. Students will learn basic inspection methods such as ultrasonics, dye penetrants, tensile and radiography.
Course Code: WELD-2060
Materials and Metallurgy
An introduction to Metallurgy and the codes and specification used to identify materials used in the Welding and Metal Fabrication trades. Students learn to identify various metals and grades, methods of heat treatment, methods for controlling expansion, contraction and distortion. Students gain knowledge in the use of International Standards Organization (ISO) documentation.
Course Code: WELD-2062
Gas Metal Arc Welding II
Welding pipe using the gas metal (GMAW) and the gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process. Students deposit the root pass using the GTAW process and cap the pipe using the GMAW process. The material used in this course is mild steel, stainless and aluminum pipe.
Course Code: WELD-2065
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II
Building on the basics, students weld using the GTAW process in various positions on mild steel. Fillet and groove welding are performed.
Course Code: WELD-2075
An introduction to layout as it pertains to welding and fabrication. Students transfer dimensions from drawings to materials and confirm material dimensions. In addition, students use jigs and fixtures, including the tools used to construct jigs, fixtures and layout plate.
Course Code: WELD-2092
Flux Cored Arc Welding II
Students weld mild steel pipe and plate using Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) process.
Course Code: WELD-2185
Submerged Arc Welding II
Students further their skills and knowledge of the submerged arc welding (SAW) process. Students weld groove welds, different plate thicknesses, and develop a weld procedure specification. Focus will be on practical applications.
Course Code: WELD-2235
Students solve trade related problems using fractions, decimals, percent, metric, and geometric formulas commonly found in the workplace.
Course Code: WFAB3-1015
Blueprint Reading I
An introduction to interpreting and creating drawings. Students learn the basics of reading drawings, symbols and abbreviations, the types of blueprints and fabrication based on drawing interpretation.
Course Code: WFAB3-1055
Basic Drafting and Design
An introduction to the basic concepts of drafting and design through sketching and the uses of multi-view projections. Pattern development and layout are introduced.
Course Code: WFAB3-2045
Blueprint Reading II
Students build on existing knowledge and skills in blueprint reading. This course covers interpreting structural drawings, use of scale rulers, and calculating dimensions on shop drawings.
Course Code: WFAB3-2050
Computer Aided Design Software
An introduction to Auto-CAD and the software program's principals. Students design and create a working shop drawing.
Course Code: WFAB3-2055
|Length:||2 years, 7 months|
|Credential Issued:||Diploma, Welder|
All students are required to complete several mandatory training terms related to their field of study. These placements occur at various times throughout the length of the program. The costs of travel and/or accomodations while on workplace training will be covered by the individual students.
Red Seal Information
The most successful path to a Red Seal as a welder begins with the Welding Fabrication program. This program enables you to earn 4,500 hours and write all three block exams, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification. Upon graduation, once you are working with a suitable employer, you will register as an apprentice to complete your journey to challenge the Interprovincial Exam. When you register, Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were at Holland College.
The Interprovincial Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification. The Red Seal is recognized as the Interprovincial standard of excellence for your chosen trade and is the designation most employers will ask for.
- Construction industries
- Fabrication, assembly and maintenance shops
- Pulp and paper mills
- Offshore construction and maintenance
- Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
- Preference will be given to applicants with Academic Grade 11 or 12 English, Math and Physics
- Related courses and work experience will enhance application
- Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program