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Welding – Diploma

Welding – Diploma

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

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Start Date:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
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
Akerley Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Waitlist
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Waitlist
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Waitlist

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.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Welder trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • 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.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

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.

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.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Welder Technician is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Safety Training – 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
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
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
WELD 2000   Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Exotic Metals
WELD 2100   Blueprint Reading III
WELD 2200   Shielded Metal Arc Welding III
WELD 3000   Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II
WELD 3100   Work Experience 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
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring 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

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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