Stand out from the rest with our eight-month welding training
The welder is respected on any job site or shop floor as a person who works with their hands and understands the theory needed to get the project finished. If you want to be ready to write your welding ticket test in only eight months, Fanshawe’s Welding Techniques program will get you there. You’ll spend two semesters learning a wide range of skills that are needed in today’s fast-paced workplaces, including health and safety, blueprint readings and sketching, applied math, communication, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, introduction to computers and all-position pipe welding.
What you learn in our welding courses
Learning welding theory is vital, but so is the practical training needed to perform the most basic welding techniques before applying your skills in the workforce. With Fanshawe's welding certification program, you'll:
complete a 120-hour unpaid work placement that will help you make connections in the field and earn experience to stand out from the rest;
develop hands-on skills and confidence using real-world industry equipment;
be qualified to work as a welder, welder fitter trainee or as an apprentice in a wide range of trades including boilermaker, construction millwright, industrial mechanic/millwright, ironworker or pipefitter.
The convenience of multiple campus locations
Fanshawe's Welding Techniques program is offered at multiple campus locations for your convenience.
Important: Students must be able to lift a bulk mass of 18 kg (40 lbs) and have the ability to dismantle and assemble large pieces of equipment. The student must be capable of working with small and delicate instruments and is required to have a high degree of fine and gross motor control.
Students entering Level 1 of the program in January will proceed to Level 2 of the program during the summer term.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
Health & Safety: Perform work responsibly and safely in compliance with applicable regulations and standards.
Mathematics: Perform trade-related mathematical calculations and technical measurements using appropriate tools and devices.
Engineering Drawings: Interpret engineering drawings.
Welding Theory: Describe the fundamentals of common welding processes.
Welding Applications: Demonstrate common weld applications and post-weld operations.
Thermal Cutting and Gouging Theory: Describe the fundamentals of common thermal cutting and gouging processes.
Thermal Cutting Applications: Demonstrate common thermal cutting and gouging processes.
Process Quality: Describe the various elements of weld quality.
Pattern and Template Development: Create patterns and templates for a variety of shapes.
Fabrication and Machine Operation: Fabricate shop projects using engineering drawings.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MGMT-1261 Workplace Professionalism 3
MATH-1058 Applied Math 4
SFTY-1008 Health & Safety 2
WELD-1020 Blueprint Reading/Sketching for Welders 3
WELD-1045 Shielded Metal Arc Welding-Basic 3.5
WELD-1022 Gas Metal Arc Welding Basic 3
WELD-1044 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-Basic 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WELD-1014 Work Placement 3.2
WELD-1023 Gas Metal Arc Welding Advanced 3
WELD-1024 All Position Pipe Welding Basic 2
WELD-1025 All Position Pipe Welding Advanced 2
WELD-5005 Shielded Metal Arc Welding-Adv 3
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 9 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program
OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation
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.
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
Recommended Academic Preparation
It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
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)
Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Welding Techniques 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 Techniques program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Welding Techniques program.
Upon completion of this one-year program, graduates will be prepared to enter the following occupations:
Welder Fitter Trainee
Apprentice Construction Millwright
Apprentice Industrial Mechanic/Millwright