Welding – Diploma

Learn to repair metal parts and structures, fabricate components, and apply safe working practices using various welding and cutting equipment and techniques.

Start Date:
September
Duration:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma
Delivery:
Full-time (In-class)
Locations:
+Locations & Availability
September 2016 Akerley Campus • Dartmouth • Waitlist 2017New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2017. Burridge Campus • Yarmouth • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Pictou Campus • Stellarton • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

In this program, you learn how to permanently join pieces of metal by applying heat, using filler material or fusion process. You join parts that are being manufactured, form part of a structure, or are damaged or worn. You also learn various welding and cutting processes to join structural steel and cut metal in vessels, piping, and other components. Welders are good problem-solvers who have mechanical and mathematical aptitude and good planning skills. In this role, you read and interpret blueprints and welding process specifications, have knowledge of metallurgy and codes, and the effectiveness of using different equipment for different welding processes.

Welding and Metal Fabrication are both two-year programs that share the same courses in the first year. Both programs offer strong apprenticeship tracks and graduates from both programs often end up working side-by-side.

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Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards Journeyperson Certification in the Welder trade. Graduates of this program are eligible for transfer credit upon registration in the Provincial Apprenticeship Program.
  • Designed to meet the increasing demands of the welding and fabrication sector, the skills you learn are relevant to the needs of industry, now and in the future.
  • Graduates are eligible for advanced standing in the NSCC Welding Inspection & Quality Control diploma program.

Employment Opportunities

  • You're prepared to start your career in a wide variety of industries and companies, including structural steel and manufacturing plants, heavy machinery, construction, and shipbuilding.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options

Student Success

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional Co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) – in a field related to your program – between your first and second year.
  • Red Seal – Welder is a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Registered apprentices can apply for the NSCC Journeyperson Diploma. This diploma recognizes your apprentice training, and the completion of NSCC's employability skills and portfolio requirements.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You will participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
MATH 1016   Math I
MATH 2001   Math II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
WELD 2000   Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Exotic Metals
WELD 2100   Blueprint Reading III
WELD 2200   Shielded Metal Arc Weld III
WELD 3000   Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II
WELD 3100   Work Experience II
WELD 3200   Semi-Auto Wire II
WEMF 1000   Safety Fundamentals
WEMF 1100   Oxy-Fuel Processes
WEMF 1200   Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
WEMF 1300   Blueprint Reading I
WEMF 1400   Rigging and Material Handling I
WEMF 1500   Portfolio Work Experience
WEMF 2000   Semi-Automatic Wire Welding Processes I
WEMF 2100   Blueprint Reading II
WEMF 2200   Layout and Fabrication I
WEMF 2300   Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
WEMF 3000   Layout and Fabrication II
WEMF 3100   Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
    Open elective course requirement. One unit/credit. NOTE: No two courses can be used to satisfy program requirements that are at the same level, subject area and topical area or that are otherwise deemed to be equivalent.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Milestone
Introduction to Confined Space
Introduction to Fall Arrest / Fall Protection
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Introduction to Respiratory Protection
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

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