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.