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Welding Inspection and Quality Control

Welding Inspection and Quality Control

Gain the knowledge and skills to perform quality control, quality assurance and welding inspection for a variety of industries.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available


Many industries are facing an increased demand for professionals skilled in Quality Control (QC), Quality Assurance (QA) and Welding Inspection. We've worked with industry to ensure this program teaches you the QA/QC skills they need.

Learn how to:

  • Perform a number of QA/QC Inspection-related tasks, including testing products at specific stages to ensure acceptable qualities, such as dimensional, performance, mechanical, electrical and chemical characteristics.
  • Record test data, such as procedure qualification records, pressure testing, visuals, non-destructive and destructive examination testing, RT film review, equipment calibration, welding procedure specifications, welder and welding operator qualifications and basic coating inspection.
  • Interpret engineering drawings, diagrams and formulas.

You should know that this profession requires good oral and written communication and strong computer and math skills.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • Applicants who have completed the Welding diploma or equivalent may apply for Advanced Standing. Red Seal (Welder) endorsement also qualifies for Advanced Standing.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placement that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates may find employment as a Certified QA/QC Welding Inspector, Welding Supervisor, Welding Foreman, Instructor, Non-Destructive Technician, Industrial Salesperson, Lab Technician, Shipping and Receiving Coordinator and Project Planner, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • Program graduates can apply to obtain Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Welding Inspector Level 1 Certification.
  • This program has been developed with input from industry partners and certification agencies.
  • You learn from experienced faculty who are technically competent in all aspects of quality assurance, quality control and welding inspection, including welding technology, non-destructive and destructive testing, auditing and welding process applications.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • A background in welding is considered an asset.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CADD 1000   AutoCAD Level I
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
MATH 1017   Math Fundamentals I
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
WIQC 1000   Occupational Safety Fundamentals
WIQC 1001   Engineering Drawings I
WIQC 1002   Oxy-Fuel and Plasma Cutting
WIQC 1003   Welding Processes and Procedures I (SMAW)
WIQC 1006   Computer Fundamentals
WIQC 1007   Quality Systems and Standards I
WIQC 1101   Metallurgy I
WIQC 1102   Metrology and Calibration
WIQC 1103   Welding Processes and Procedures II (GMAW/FCAW)
WIQC 1104   Math Fundamentals II
WIQC 1106   Work-Term I
WIQC 2000   Welding Processes and Procedures III (GTAW/SAW)
WIQC 2001   Engineering Drawings II
WIQC 2002   Technical Communications
WIQC 2003   Welding Inspection and Testing I (Visual)
WIQC 2005   Welding Inspection and Testing II (Visual)
WIQC 2006   Welding Processes and Procedures IV
WIQC 2007   Engineering Drawings III
WIQC 2100   Quality Systems and Standards II
WIQC 2101   Metallurgy II
WIQC 2102   Applied Mathematics
WIQC 2105   Work-Term II
WIQC 2107   Non-Destructive Testing (LPI, MPI, RT, UT)
WIQC 2108   Coating Inspection and Testing

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