Program Information

The Welding Techniques Program is a full-time, one-year program which provides students with theoretical and practical aspects of the welding trade. The skills and knowledge gained from this program will help students meet the necessary requirements to obtain placement in either union or non-union jobs. Students perform welding and cutting using shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), oxy-fuel welding and cutting (OFW/OFC), plasma arc cutting (PAC), and carbon arc cutting with air/gouging (CAC-A).

Sourcing straight from the Alberta Individual Learning Modules (ILM), students have an opportunity to challenge the Level I Welder apprenticeship test on location after completion of the program. Students will also be given the opportunity to challenge the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) 'all position plate' welding tickets during the duration of the second term.

Fall 2021 Delivery Format

For the Fall 2021 term students will be expected to attend labs on campus sporadically throughout the week to complete hands-on curriculum in a safe and socially distanced environment. General education classes and theory portions of core classes will be delivered online. For upper-year students, information about delivery format is available on mylambton.ca.

See Course List

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.


The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

Course List

WEL-1001: Welding Theory I

In this course, students review and develop their knowledge in welding safety, brazing and braze welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding Equipment/Electrodes, and Oxy-fuel cutting. Upon successful completion, the student will be able to describe the functions and controls of welding power sources in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturer's recommendations and approved industry standards.

WEL-1017: Manual Welding Processes I

This course is designed to deliver the technical knowledge and techniques for the beginner in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process and basic Oxy-fuel Welding and Cutting (OFW/OFC) process. Shop safety will be an essential role and will focus skills towards continuing onto WEL-2027, Practical Weld Processes II. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to perform fillet and groove welding with SMAW and OFW in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturer's recommendations and approved industry standards with a focus of meeting or exceeding the testing requirements of CSA W47-1-2FG position regarding weld quality.

WEL-1023: Fitting and Layout I

In this course, students use blueprints to accurately layout and fit projects using metal. Students develop their knowledge of procedures involved in assembling projects with multiple parts and expand their skills through the use of various tools. Upon successful completion, students will be able to perform safe set-up and shut down operation and correction of common cutting faults in Oxy-fuel Cutting, Plasma Arc cutting and Carbon Arc Cutting with Air (gouging) following industry standards.

WEL-1134: Semi-Automatic Welding Processes I

In this course, students develop basic welding skills with the semi-automatic welding process including Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Metal Cored Arc Welding (MCAW). Students will produce fillet welds in the 1-3 (flat, horizontal and vertical) positions. Upon successful completion, the student is able to describe the fundamentals, construction features, selection process and consumables of the semi-automatic process.

MEC-1713: Metallurgy

This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to welding metallurgy. The areas of study will include the structure and properties of plain carbon steel including testing for mechanical properties. The student will be taught basic metallography which includes specimen preparation and examination. In addition the student will study thermal equilibrium diagrams, isothermal transformation diagrams, the iron-carbon diagram and the effect of heat input upon a weldment. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of weld metallurgy. The knowledge obtained is considered as background for further metallurgy courses at Conestoga College for those students pursing the second year of the Welding Techniques Program. For other students, the course is designed to give a basic background of welding metallurgy in preparation as a welder.

MTH-1503: Applied Mathematics

This course gives the learner the basic mathematical concepts and applications needed for subsequent technical courses. The learner uses arithmetic, algebra, geometry and trigonometry to solve technical problems.

COM-1113: Workplace Communications

This course focuses on skills required in any organization or position: writing business documents, responding to realistic scenarios, and speaking in an organized and vibrant manner. Students will practice professional communications skills by producing, revising, and editing short business documents and engaging in verbal interactions and presentations.

WEL-2021: Welding Theory II

In this course, students will continuing reviewing more in depth of welding processes. Gaining basic knowledge in Submerged Arc Welding (SAW), and looking into destructive and non destructive measures of inspection and distortion. By the end of this course, students should have a well rounded understanding of welding as a whole to gain entry level job opportunities and will be tested on competency.

WEL-2027: Manual Welding Processes II

This course is a continuation of the WEL-1017, Welding Processes I, It is expected in this course that the students will apply their basic fundamental knowledge to enhance their welding skills. It is also expected that the students will be ready to qualify for their CWB tickets up to the "all position plate" depending on how they apply themselves. (Additional fees are required for testing)

WEL-2404: Advanced Welding Processes

In this course, students review and develop their knowledge in welding safety shielded metal arc welding, semi-automatic welding, and oxy-fuel cutting preparation of material using advanced welding approaches. Students will produce welds within the 1-4G positions. Upon successful completion, the student will be able to understand to weld without backing plates (open root), basic stainless and aluminum welding, rigging, knots, and hand signals in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturer's recommendations and approved industry standards.

WEL-2113: GTAW Processes

This course develops the student with knowledge and manipulative skills in welding common joints in the flat, horizontal and vertical position using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process. Pipe welding using the GTAW process will also be introduced.

BPR-1513: Blueprint Interpretation and Drawing

This course develops the student's ability to communicate though engineering drawing and sketching through welding. Welders require the ability to sketch, read, and interpret engineering drawings and schematics. These skills are necessary in order to comply with drawing standards and specifications while welding and fabricating. Topics in this course include sketching orthographic and isometric views, dimensioning, the title block and drawing notes. In addition, section views, detail and assembly drawings will be examined including bill of materials. Structural steels shapes, and piping will be explored with respect to project drawings. Students will explore joint design and welding symbols to help interpret blueprints.

JSS-1001: Job Search and Success

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of how to conduct a job search and how to succeed in the work place. This includes self-reflection, effectively designing a cover letter and resume, online job searches utilizing social media, behavioural based interviewing as well as marketing oneself effectively in a job interview. Job safety, successful work strategies and harassment and discrimination plan of action is also discussed.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Program Maps

Students are required to follow their prescribed program map and are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks for any reason.

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

You will need to login with your C# and password in order to access your program map.

Technology Requirements

This program requires a laptop.

Employment Opportunities

Successful students have the opportunity to branch out into many different career paths in the welding industry after completion of the program including: welder, welder fitter trainee, apprentice welder, apprentice boilermaker, apprentice construction millwright, apprentice ironworker, apprentice industrial mechanic/millwright, apprentice pipe fitter, apprentice fitter, apprentice steamfitter, apprentice sheet metal worker, fabricator, and maintenance welder.

Please Note: Availability of jobs will depend upon the local economy.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Toronto
416-485-2098
lambton@cestarcollege.com
Mississauga
905-890-7833 x 222
lambton@queenscollege.ca
Sarnia/Main Campus
international@lambtoncollege.ca
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