Welding Engineering Technician – Inspection

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: College Diploma (2 Year)
Campus: Kirkland Lake
Program Length: 4 Semesters | Co-op 6 Semesters

Program Codes
W010 (4 semesters)
W138 (Co-op, 6 semesters)

This program provides graduates with the background in science and technology related to welding that will prepare them to interact with engineers and scientists while maintaining the practical skills necessary to supervise trade personnel. Welding professionals are concerned with all activities related to the design, production, performance and maintenance of welded products. To adequately design a weldment, the welding professional must not only understand the material being joined, but also the effect of welding variables of many welding processes on the final product. To achieve this, lab time is intertwined with a curriculum of metallurgical science and engineering theory. In developing the skills required in becoming a welding inspector, students complement their knowledge of non-destructive examination with a working knowledge of codes, standards and stress analysis.

Welding Program Pathways (PDF)

Career Opportunities
Technicians can select components, create and/or interpret drawings and supervise welding personnel. Graduates may find employment in the following fields/positions: Quality Control/Assurance, Inspection, Education, Consulting, First-level management, and/or Technical Sales.


Contact Information

Joshua Fuller
705-567-9291 ext. 3750

Admission Requirements

Domestic Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 12 Math (C, U) (MCT4C preferred; MAP4C is accepted with a minimum GPA of 60%)
Grade 12 Physics (C, U) strongly recommended

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Additional Information

Curriculum – More than Arcs and Sparks
The Welding Engineering Technician Program is not just about arcs and sparks; it is about science, technology and the engineering of welding. Our students learn to develop, qualify, and implement welding procedures; to use their knowledge of welding, metallurgy, mechanics, and electrical engineering in the design and manufacturing of safe structures; and to inspect and maintain the integrity of such structures while they are in service.

Pathways to Success
Graduates of the Welding Technician Program may choose to continue their studies and complete an additional year in order to obtain a diploma in Welding Engineering Technology.

Semester 1
CM1903 Communications I – Model A

The student will apply the fundamentals of formal oral and written communications for current, practical business and technical communication situations. Specifically, students will be able to identify, correct, describe, demonstrate and/or discuss topics in: Communication Foundations (importance of communications and the communications process and barriers); Grammar Essentials (basic sentence faults such as Sentence Fragments and Run On Sentences); Writing Process (techniques for greater effectiveness); and Business Correspondence (characteristics of well written letters and different letter patterns). In addition, students will demonstrate they can plan, conduct and participate in meetings and prepare for, deliver and explain the parts of effective Oral Presentations.

GN1033 Health and Safety

This course introduces the student to health and safety in their home, in society and within an occupational setting. Students learn about the social and personal benefits of safe work practices and the methods to best prevent accidents or injuries. Students will review the role, right and responsibilities of an individual in today’s health and safety conscious world. Students also learn how to read and interpret the Occupational Act and Regulations.

IN1093 Computer Applications for Business & Technology

Students are introduced to commonly used features of the most widely used microcomputer applications – Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Basic computer skills are required as prerequisites. A series of lectures, projects, and exercises will take advantage of Microsoft Office features. Word’s extensive menu, toolbar, and template features will be used to create various business documents. Project material is developed so that students will apply their software skills to course material throughout their program of studies.

MA1100 Mathematics I

This course covers basic algebra properties, graphing the straight line, basic geometry and trigonometry, and solving a system of equations graphically and algebraically. It also covers vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws.

WE1023 Codes and Standards

The principle objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of code philosophy and rationale along with a working knowledge and application of welding related codes and standards. Codes and standards discussed include ISO9000, CSA W47.1, CSA W59, ASME Section IX and ASME Section VIII.

WE1064 Welding Drafting

This introductory course is assignment-based with the objective of solving elementary drafting problems for machine shop and welded fabrication consistent with industrial practice. Topics include: basic drafting skills, theory of shape description, auxiliary views, dimensioning, sections, detail and assembly drawings, pictorial drawings, structural drafting, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and welding symbols.

WE1082 Welding Electrical Fundamentals

This is an introductory course in electrical fundamentals covering the basic electrical components used in welding equipment, and use of a multimeter. It also includes the analysis of series and parallel circuits. Students will be introduced to solid state electronics and will also study half and full wave rectifier circuits.

WE1404 Materials Joining

This course begins with an overview of all joining methods including: mechanical, adhesive and welding. The major emphasis of the course is on the SMAW process. Students will practice welding techniques and will acquire data in order to submit neat comprehensive technical lab reports including welding procedure specification sheets. In addition, students will develop an understanding of the basic factors controlling the cost of welding and will be required to use lab and reference data to calculate welding costs. Students are introduced to welding defects as designated by the International Institute for Welding along with causes and possible remedies. Students will also be introduced to various welding codes and their areas of application.

Semester 2
CM2903 Communications II – Model A

Communications II is a one-semester course which applies the oral and written communication tools learned in the first semester to specific business/technical applications as required by industry today. The student will enhance writing skills acquired in CM1903 and learn to produce effective documents including business letters, memoranda, emails, employment documents as well as reports and problem solving documents as applicable to their field of study. The course presents the theory and practice necessary for the planning and presentation of short informal and formal reports and introduces the dynamics of planning and participating in meeting situations. Students will participate in mock interviews (as applicable), so that they are prepared to sell themselves as they transition into the competitive employment market. Students will continue to review grammatical structures and apply editing strategies to business/technical documents through both in-class activities and the usage of the customized online grammar tool. As with CM1903, the content will be inclusive and reflect the diverse workplace that students will find themselves in in the future.

GN2013 Co-op Studies

This course is intended to raise the awareness of the importance of experiential learning through the co-operative education process. The student is encouraged to actively identify and discuss the merits of a three-way partnership between the college, the employer, and the student. Various skills are introduced to help the student prepare himself/herself using self-assessment, career planning, and job search tools.

MA2104 Mathematics II

The second course in the math stream for students in an Engineering Technician / Technology program focuses on solving equations relating to quadratics, logarithms, exponentials, with sections on factoring, fractional equations, manipulating exponent and radical expressions, and complex numbers, and for some programs studying systems of linear equations and determinants. Applications of the basic concepts, to particular fields of study, will be covered. The second semester Mathematics course is designed to give the student the mathematical tools required to function in his/her special field of study. Students are encouraged to seek help after class hours if problems are encountered in the course. Every effort will be made to identify problem areas to the student, but in the final analysis, it is the responsibility of the student to ask for help.

Prerequisite: MA1100 – Mathematics I (with 60%)

WE2024 Engineering Materials I

This is an introduction to the chemical and physical principles underlying the nature and behaviour of engineering materials. After an elementary examination of the common units of which all materials consist, the course discusses how different arrangements of these units bring forth specific types of materials with unique properties (metals, polymers, ceramics and composites). The main aim of the course is to stimulate the student’s interest in this field and establish an understanding of the basic principles that will be explore more extensively in numerous subsequent courses. Topics include: the structure of materials, imperfections in solids, diffusion, properties and selection, dislocations and strengthening mechanisms, failure of materials, solidification and phase diagrams.

WE2084 Mechanic/Statics

Mechanics is the study of forces acting on objects (statics and dynamics). This course focuses on statics, the study of objects in equilibrium. Applied mechanics deals with the basic concepts of forces and is the origin for all calculations in areas such as stress analysis, structural design and weldment design. This course begins with a review of basic trigonometry, laws of triangles and unit conversion. Major topics include introduction to forces and moments, forces acting on truss and frame members, friction, centroids, moments of inertia, and radius of gyration. Both SI and Imperial System units are used.

WE2164 Computer Aided Design and Fixture Design

This course consists of two parts. The first part of the course is an introduction to computer-aided design using AutoCAD drawing and editing commands. The second portion of the course revolves around the design of welding fixtures. Topics include: locating and clamping principles, basic construction principles, economics, introductory discussion of distortion and residual stresses, positioners, manipulators, power work holding, and modular work holding. A significant portion of the course involves the design of a welding fixture and implementing the use of (computer aided design) CAD drawings.

WE3014 Materials Preparation

This course introduces the student to the common edge preparation processes used in the welding industry. Practical application of oxy-fuel, plasma and mechanical edge preparations are compared on the basis of application and economics. Successful students will be able to select the most appropriate process in a given application. An overview of manufacturing processes including casting, forging, stamping, hot/cold forming, powder metallurgy etc. are emphasized in this course.

General Education Elective

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

Semester 3
MA3033 Mathematics III

This course is teaches students how to solve exponential and logarithmic functions. Students will also study methods for solving equations of higher degree as well as expanding their knowledge of trigonometry. The course ends with the study of variation and an introduction to statistics.

Prerequisite: MA2104 Mathematics II

WE3044 Strength of Materials I

This course examines the behaviour of engineering materials under various loading conditions. The concept of stress and strain is critically examined with emphasis on the application of those concepts to practical design and analysis problems. Topics include direct normal and shear stresses; axial deformation and thermal stress; torsional shear stress and torsional deformation; shearing forces and bending moments in beams; pressure vessel stresses; welded and bolted (riveted) connections.

WE3104 Engineering Materials II

This is a continuation of Engineering Materials I. This course studies a vast complement of common industrial materials, describing their respective micro-structures and properties based on fundamentals of atomic bonding, phase transformation and strengthening mechanisms. Processes such as heat treatment and mechanical working are dealt with from the theoretical as well as the practical aspect. Course topics include: Fe-Fe3C phase diagram, IT and CT diagrams, phase transformations, micro-structural and property changes of Fe-C alloys, Heat Treating, precipitation hardening, micro-structural and mechanical properties of ferrous and nonferrous metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and corrosion. 

WE3204 Welding Processes I

In this course, students are introduced to the various types of welding power sources, wire feeders and welding guns. Extensive use of a data acquisition system allows students to understand and apply static and dynamic power source characteristics for the short circuit GMAW process. This course also deals with the flux cored and gas metal arc welding processes. Students are expected to set up and demonstrate the safe use of FCAW and GMAW equipment. Data collected during lab sessions is used to complete comprehensive technical lab reports.

WE3112 Materials and Proceses


WE3113 Magnetic Particle Testing


WE3123 Liquid Penetrant Testing


General Education Elective

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

Semester 4
MA4204 Calculus I

This is a basic applied mathematics course in elementary calculus. An introduction to integration, with algebraic functions, is also taught with some basic applications to area, volumes of revolution, displacement-velocity-acceleration and other applied engineering problems. The emphasis is on the use of calculus both as a method of thinking and as a problem solving system for technological problems. The student learns the “language” of calculus, studies the concept of rates of change, differentials, integrals, and applies these to simple engineering problems. The course also integrates a review of functions, geometry, curve sketching, limits, rates of change, the delta process: derivatives of algebraic functions, differentials, and integration; applications to geometry; maximum and minimum problems related to rates of change; differentials and applications of integrals.

Prerequisite: Mathematics III (MA3105 or MA3033) with 60%

WE4004 Welding Processes II

This course introduces students to the submerged arc and gas tungsten arc welding processes. Electric resistance welding is also included with emphasis on spot welding. Students are expected to demonstrate the proper set up and safe use of SAW, GTAW and ERW equipment. Students will learn how to document welding procedure specifications and qualification records.

WE4024 Welding Metallurgy I

The metallurgical aspects of the welding processes are studied. The interaction between heat source, structure and properties of welds is studied in greater depth. Weld ability of different materials (steel, stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum, polymers) is also discussed.

WE4073 Radiographic Inspection


WE4083 Ultrasonic Inspection


BU1363 Introduction to Business Concepts

In this course, students will be introduced to business in Canada, focusing on introductory topics for those interested in employment in a business management role. Topics of study will include the relationships between the areas of finance, human resources, marketing, and operations within an organization, business ethics and social responsibility, management concepts and practices, and an exploration of the entrepreneurial spirit.

Co-Op Work Terms
WE3010 Work Term I (Co-op)

Students completing the co-op program for Welding Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma will complete work terms during each of the three years of the program. Co-operative education is a proven, realistic and practical method of career education. Co-op will assist students in relating theory to practice, bringing more meaning to academic studies. Co-op helps orient students to their chosen field, enables them to learn and results in a well-developed career plan before graduation.

WE5010 Work Term II (Co-op)

Students completing the co-op program for Welding Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma will complete work terms during each of the three years of the program. Co-operative education is a proven, realistic and practical method of career education. Co-op will assist students in relating theory to practice, bringing more meaning to academic studies. Co-op helps orient students to their chosen field, enables them to learn and results in a well-developed career plan before graduation.

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