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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:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

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Overview

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.

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

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.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time In-class Seats available

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

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

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.

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.

Courses may include

CADD 1000 - AutoCAD Level I
In this introduction to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software, students gain knowledge in the use and principles of Computer Aided Drafting. The primary emphasis is the application of AutoCADĀ®, an industry-standard Computer Aided Drafting software program. Specific hardware used in the CAD environment is introduced and utilized.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

MATH 1017 - Math Fundamentals I
This course is designed to review basic math skills. Learners will review adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, decimals, fractions and metric and imperial conversions.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1022 - Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
The learner is introduced to fall protection, fall prevention and fall arrest concepts and responsibilities at the workplace. Guardrails, travel restraints, roof work, fall arrest components will be discussed and the learner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the use of selected equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

WIQC 1000 - Occupational Safety Fundamentals
This course covers the principles of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and provides the learner with an overview of the safe use of industry specific tools and equipment, respiratory protection and proper material handling techniques.

WIQC 1001 - Engineering Drawings I
This introductory course is intended to expose learners to the basic principles associated with engineering drawings. Emphasis will be placed on the identification of commonly used blueprint terms, orthographic projections, dimensioning and scale. Learners will learn basic sketching techniques and joint design as well as interpretation of weld and welding symbols.

WIQC 1002 - Oxy-Fuel and Plasma Cutting
This course introduces learners to the safe set-up and operation of manual and motorized oxy-fuel cutting equipment as well as safe storage and handling of cylinders. The proper assembly and disassembly and operation of plasma cutting equipment will also be covered. Learners will be introduced to the preparation of material in accordance with the appropriate codes and standards as required by the Industry.

WIQC 1003 - Welding Processes and Procedures I (SMAW)
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the safe set-up and operation of equipment, proper manipulation and handling in the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process. Emphasis will be placed on joint preparation, identification and selection of consumables. Introduction to codes, standards and welding procedure data sheets. The learner will perform fillet welds in the flat and horizontal positions and perform welder monitoring, destructive and non-destructive testing in accordance with the industry requirements.

WIQC 1006 - Computer Fundamentals
This course focuses on the computer as a communication device. This course covers windows basics, email, use of the World Wide Web as a source of information for research, document creation using word processing, preparation of presentations using software such as PowerPoint, and the creation of spreadsheets using software such as Microsoft Excel.

WIQC 1007 - Quality Systems and Standards I
This course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge and the ability to interpret codes and standards specifically related to the welding and fabrication industries. Emphasis will be placed on the learner to become familiar with various standards used such as: Certification of Companies for Fusion Welding of Steel (CSA W47.1), Welded Steel Construction - Metal Arc Welding (CSA W59), Certification of Welding Inspectors (CSA W178.2) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in Canada and worldwide.

WIQC 1101 - Metallurgy I
This course will introduce learners to the production and properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and their uses. It is designed to give a foundation into understanding the effects welding, heat input and cooling have on metals.

WIQC 1102 - Metrology and Calibration
The metrology course covers material related to the origin, development and theory of measurement and the detailed relationship between the past and modern day uses of applied dimensional measurement. The course will also focus on the specific principles of measuring tools, machines and techniques of measuring as well as calibration.

WIQC 1103 - Welding Processes and Procedures II (GMAW/FCAW)
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the safe set-up and operation of equipment used in the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) processes. Emphasis will be placed on joint preparation, identification and selection of consumables, shielding gases and flow rates and power sources in accordance with weld procedures and code requirements. The learner will perform welder monitoring, fillet and groove welds in the flat and horizontal positions and perform destructive and non-destructive testing in accordance with the industry requirements.

WIQC 1104 - Math Fundamentals II
This course is designed to further enhance math skills. In this course, learners will be required to demonstrate an understanding of area, volume, circumference and weights of various geometric shapes. Course material addresses problem-solving using roots, trigonometric functions and orientation using angular measure.

WIQC 1106 - Work-Term I
We recognize the importance of providing opportunities for you, the learner, to make a successful transition from the classroom to the workplace. To ensure you are capable of transferring the skills, knowledge, and attitude you have acquired in the classroom setting, we require and experiential learning component to be successfully completed before you are eligible for graduation. Work Experience provides learners with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of their career choice while they learn more about the condition they will encounter as employees.

WIQC 2000 - Welding Processes and Procedures III (GTAW/SAW)
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the safe set-up and operation of equipment used in the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) and Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) processes. Emphasis will be placed on joint preparation, identification and selection of consumables, shielding gasses and flow rates and power sources in accordance with weld procedures and code requirements. The learner will perform fillet and groove welds in the flat and horizontal positions using GTAW. Fillet welds in the flat and horizontal positions and groove welds in the flat position using SAW. Welder monitoring, destructive and non-destructive testing will be performed in accordance to the Industry requirements.

WIQC 2001 - Engineering Drawings II
This course is designed to enhance the learners knowledge of blueprint terminology, welding symbols and design. Emphasis will be placed on improving the learner's understanding of drawing concepts in order to develop the skills necessary for interpretation of structural engineering drawings, working drawings and sketches.

WIQC 2002 - Technical Communications
This course is intended to provide the learners with verbal and written communication skills common to a workplace setting. It will also introduce the learners to the communication skills required for effective supervision.

WIQC 2003 - Welding Inspection and Testing I (Visual)
This course is intended to introduce learners to the basic role of the welding inspector in industry. The inspector will recognize weld faults, causes and distortion within the different processes. Learners will be able to recognize and develop proper documentation required in welding procedure specifications (WPS) and welding procedure data sheets (WPDS).

WIQC 2005 - Welding Inspection and Testing II (Visual)
This course is intended to introduce learners to the various functions, responsibilities and accountabilities of an inspector. An overview will be provided on inspection requirements before, during and after welding with emphasis on Inspection and Test Plans (ITP), Quality Control (QC), Quality Assurance (QA), Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS) and Procedure Qualification Records (PQR).

WIQC 2006 - Welding Processes and Procedures IV
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the safe set-up and operation of related welding equipment and processes. Emphasis will be placed on new ways to improve productivity. The learner will recognize and evaluate welds produced with STT, Orbital GTAW and Plastic welding processes.

WIQC 2007 - Engineering Drawings III
This course is designed to enhance the learner's knowledge of engineering drawings. In Engineering Drawings III, emphasis will be placed on developing skills necessary to interpret pipe, pressure vessels and off-shore structure drawings, working drawings and sketches. Learners will also be required to conduct hydrostatic/pneumatic pressure tests and recognize and maintain the necessary documentation required.

WIQC 2100 - Quality Systems and Standards II
This course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge and the ability to interpret various codes, standards and company specifications related to welding, fabrication and coating for a specific application. Emphasis will be placed on the learners to become familiar with various codes and standards such as CSA, ASME, AWS, DNV, API, NACE and SSPC standards utilized in Canada, USA and other parts of the world.

WIQC 2101 - Metallurgy II
This course will provide learners with a better understanding into the physical and mechanical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals by performing various mechanical tests. Learners will be introduced to effects of different forms of heat treatment on the mechanical properties of metals and advantages and disadvantages of various destructive tests ie: hardness testing, impact testing and tensile testing.

WIQC 2102 - Applied Mathematics
This course introduces the learner to the fundamentals of Statistical Process Control (SPC) and applied methods required to estimate costs associated with various welding processes and metal fabrications. This includes the ability to calculate weights of structural steel items such as plate, angle, beam sections, etc. The various components of a pricing structure are also evaluated, e.g. labour costs, overhead and profit.

WIQC 2105 - Work-Term II
The work experience component provides the learner an opportunity to gain insight and to apply new skills and concepts in an area of welding inspection and quality control in an industry setting. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

WIQC 2107 - Non-Destructive Testing (LPI, MPI, RT, UT)
This course is intended to introduce learners to non-destructive testing techniques. Emphasis will be placed on Liquid Penetrant Inspection (LPI). LPI is capable of detecting cracks, porosity, laps, voids and other imperfections open to the surface for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Learners will also be trained to use Liquid Penetrant Inspection (LPI) for leak detection.

WIQC 2108 - Coating Inspection and Testing
This course is intended to train learners to understand the different stages of coating application, the effects and costs associated with coating fabricated material and the effects associated with controlling corrosion.

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