Welding Engineering Technology

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Program Codes: W009, Co-op: W139
Campus: Kirkland Lake
Credential Earned:
College Diploma (2 Year)
Program Length:
6 Semesters, Co-op: 9 Semesters


Build a career with structural integrity

An advanced diploma in welding Engineering Technology will set you up for a solid career as an industry leader – and for continuing studies at the university level.

After two years of the Welding Engineering Technician program, you’ll specialize in Year Three*  – deepening your knowledge of physics, metallurgy, circuits and failure analysis.

You’ll develop the know-how to select appropriate materials and site-specific welding processes. And you’ll ensure structurally-sound cost-effective welds that adhere to critical code requirements.

You’ll also program robotic welding systems, learn to troubleshoot equipment issues, and prepare for the unique challenges of the power, petroleum, chemical and aerospace industries. The result is you’ll enter the workforce as a sought-after consultant, researcher, inspector and more.

* Offered as both a two-year diploma and a three-year co-op program, you’ll soon be ready for a job as an inspector, supervisor, educator, consultant, and more.

The Welding Engineering Technician program is identical to the first two years of the Welding Engineering Technologist program. Students graduating from the Welding Engineering Technician program have two options, the first being immediate entry into the work force, the second is to continue their studies for one more year.

The third year option allows those graduates, wishing to specialize in welding technology, to receive a greater depth of training and knowledge in welding processes, welding metallurgy, welding physics, failure analysis and welding circuits.

Pathways to Success: Welding Engineering Technology graduates may have entry into the McMaster Bachelor of Technology Manufacturing stream.

Welding Program Pathways (PDF)

Curriculum – More than Arcs and Sparks
The Welding Engineering Technology program is not just about arcs and sparks; it is about science, technology and 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.

Accreditations and Affiliations
IIW – Northern College’s School of Welding Engineering Technology is leading the way in welding education as an authorized training body for the International Institute of Welding (IIW).

CWB – Certification as an International Welding Technologist through the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) provides our technology graduates with job opportunities in 38 IIW member countries across the globe. Welder Fitter graduates may complete Canadian Bureau testing.

OACETT – Graduates from our Technician or Technology programs may obtain certification through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists OACETT).

MaJIC – Northern College’s School of Welding Engineering Technology is the only welding education facility in Ontario associated with an applied research centre. The Materials Joining Innovation Centre (MaJIC), located on Campus, provides students access to additional sophisticated state-of-the art equipment and allows them to work on real-life industry derived projects.

Career Opportunities
Technologists will develop welding procedures, select appropriate materials and welding processes in conjunction with selecting welding variables to ensure cost-effective welds with adequate structural integrity and adherence to applicable code requirements. Graduates can expect to find employment in the following fields/positions:

  • Welding Process and consumable selection
  • Failure analysis
  • Design modifications
  • Welding procedure development & qualification
  • Consultants
  • Researchers
  • Troubleshooting welding process
  • Evaluating welding power sources & processes
  • Robotic applications


Contact Information

Joshua Fuller
Program Coordinator
Tel: 705-567-9291 ext. 3750
Email: Welding@northern.on.ca
Email: fullerj@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements

Program Specific Requirements

Welding Engineering Technology Requirements


General 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


Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Applicants who do 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 must undergo academic testing and may be required to complete Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to demonstrate equivalency of admission requirements prior to admission into a program.

For more details, please contact the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 or admissions@northern.on.ca.

Semester 1
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.

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.

CM1903 Communications I – Model A

Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen essential oral and written communication skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions, tone and style as well as the enhancement of interpersonal, teamwork and presentation skills. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents, practice proper business etiquette and learn the importance of ethical behaviour and professionalism in the classroom and workplace. Attention to detail is emphasized.

IN1093 Computer Applications for Business & Technology

In this course, students will gain practical experience with the essential features of Microsoft Office – MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint to enhance their communication and analytical skills. Basic computer skills are required as prerequisite. Students will gain hands-on experience with file management, software settings, system security, Word Reports (APA Functions), tables, advanced presentation functions, summarizing and analyzing data in Excel through a series of learning activities, projects, and exercises that focus on real world examples. Students gain practical knowledge that can be applied directly to the workplace setting.

Semester 2
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

MA2104 is the second course in the math stream for students in an Engineering Technician / Technology program.  The emphasis of this course is 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.

CM2903 Communications II – Model A

Communications 2 is a one-semester course that applies the oral and written communication tools learned in Comm1 to specific business/technical applications as required by industry today. The student will enhance the writing skills acquired in COMM1 and learn to produce effective documents including business letters, emails, employment documents as well as reports applicable to their field of study. Students will also learn how to plan and participate in meeting situations and participate in mock interviews (as applicable) so that they are prepared to transition into the competitive employment market. Students will continue to learn and apply proper language and grammatical structures and apply editing strategies to business/technical documents through both in-class/online activities and through the usage of the customized Mylab online grammar tool. As with COMM1, the content will be inclusive and reflect the diverse workplace that students will experience in the future.

*Students for whom English is not their first language will receive additional language support through the concurrent delivery of CM2933 (Enhanced Comm2) which continues to focus on the foundational grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure skills introduced in CM1933.

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

MA3033 focuses on additional topics in algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Applications from many fields of technology are explored to show where and how mathematical techniques are used in the real world. Emphasis is placed on doing mathematics.

The learner is expected to apply time and effort to understanding the basic concepts. The learner is also expected to apply time and effort in demonstrating acquired knowledge by solving basic word problems involving technical applications. Using mathematics effectively in everyday situations requires the ability to apply a wide variety of mathematical skills accurately.

Students who successfully complete this course will have demonstrated their ability to apply the concepts of number and space to situations which include quantities, magnitudes, measurements, and ratios. They will have developed their ability to identify the need for mathematics, to apply mathematical techniques (concepts, conventions, strategies, and operations) and to check the results of their analyses. This will require flexibility, creativity and confidence which can only be gained through practice.

Elements of the Performance include:

  • Recognize real-life problems that require mathematics to solve
  • Assess potential mathematical strategies (including models, geometric representations or formulae, elementary algebraic equations, descriptive statistical methods, and mathematical reasoning) for suitability and effectiveness
  • Decide on the degree of accuracy required for answers
  • Estimate probable answers
  • Execute mathematical operations necessary to implement selected strategies
  • Use calculators or appropriate technological tools to perform mathematical operations accurately
  • Check for errors in numerical answers and the appropriate fit between problems and answers
  • Express answers clearly
  • Transfer the use of mathematical strategies from one situation to another
WE3044 Strength of Materials I

This course examines the behaviour of engineering materials under various loading conditions. The concepts of stress and strain are 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. 

WE3112 Materials and Proceses


WE3113 Magnetic Particle Testing


WE3123 Liquid Penetrant Testing


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.

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
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.

MA4204 Calculus I

This is a basic introductory course in Calculus. Students learn the language of calculus and apply the rules to simple engineering problems. The course includes the derivative of algebraic functions with applications to trajectory motion and minimum and maximum problems. 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.

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


Semester 5
WE5014 Welding Processes III

This is an advanced course dealing mainly with the flux cored, gas metal and submerged arc welding processes. Particular emphasis is placed on pulse-arc wire feed processes. Students are required to develop and test weld procedures using these processes and prepare cost analyses. The problems of arc blow and grounding are also studied.

WE5024 Welding Metallurgy II

This is an advanced course including a detailed study of the production of iron and steel along with the effects of the major alloying elements. The mechanisms of, and control of, hydrogen-induced cold cracking (HIC) is studied and tested in detail. The weld ability of HSLA steels is studied in detail using the British and Japanese methods to avoid HIC.

WE5040 Technical Project I Lab


WE5043 Technical Project I

As a requirement for graduation, each student must complete an independent technical project that may be research in nature or involve the solution of an industrial problem. The project involves literature searches to become familiar with the subject to be studied, as well as two oral and written presentations to classmates and department faculty. Laboratory work is completed to expand on the literature search and the results must be presented in a technical report to engineering standards. The total time for the semesters work is approximately 125 hours. Students are assigned a faculty advisor to provide assistance or guidance when required.

WE5044 Strength of Materials II

This course is a continuation of Strength of Materials I beginning with the study of bending and shear stresses of beams. Mohr’s Circle is introduced with the study of combined stresses. The moment area and conjugate beam deflection methods are studied and applied to statically determinate structures. In conclusion, statically indeterminate structures are introduced.

WE5064 Welding Physics

This course begins with the study of the thermodynamics of phase transformations to better understand the phases and structures produced during welding. The physics of welding is studied with emphasis on the properties of the arc column, the modes of metal transfer and gas-metal and slag-metal reactions. The principles of phase transformations, weld thermal cycle and fluid motion are combined to explain the various solidification structures produced in welds.

WE5102 Statistical Process Control

This course deals with the fundamental concepts of statistical process control (SPC) and the application of these concepts in quality control and quality assurance. Other topics include the implementation of computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM).

WE5122 Robotic Welding and Automation

This course involves the study of several interrelated topics in computer-integrated manufacturing including automation technology, robotics, flexible manufacturing, and the role of CAD/CAM in manufacturing. The lab portion of the course involves programming various welding robot systems.

Semester 6
MA5005 Calculus II

This course is a continuation of Calculus I. The course expands the concepts of differential and integral calculus including derivatives of trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions. Topics covered include: methods of integration, use of integration to find areas under a curve, volumes of revolution, as well as other technical applications.

WE6022 International Welding Technologist Option

This optional course prepares students for writing the qualifying examination for certification as an international welding technologist.

WE6024 Welding Metallurgy III

This is a detailed study into metallurgical problems encountered in the welding of special steels for power, petroleum, chemical and aerospace industries. With each group of steel, the problems of cracking and corrosion are studied along with practical means of their control. The weldability of cast irons and nonferrous alloys including aluminum, titanium, reactive and refractory metals will be studied in detail.

WE6034 Technical Project II

This course is a continuation of Technical Report I and represents the final analysis of research and laboratory testing and the final written and oral reports. The allocated time for the semesters work is approximately 125 hours.

WE6074 Welding Processes IV

The first section of this course deals with the equipment and typical applications of processes, such as electron beam, laser, diffusion, electroslag and thermit welding. The second part of the course requires students to develop, document, qualify and cost welding procedures using knowledge acquired in welding processes, metallurgy, non-destructive examination and welding costs.

WE6084 Fracture and Fatigue

This is an introduction to the complexity of the functions performed by the welding engineer. The interaction of design requirements, material fabrication, and testing methods used are studied on actual cases of failed structures. Particular emphasis is on designing weldments to avoid fatigue and brittle fracture using principles of fracture mechanics. Prerequisite: Welding Metallurgy II, Strength of Materials II

WE6094 Welding Circuits

This is a continuation of Welding Electrical Fundamentals. Topics include: safety rules, fuses and circuit breakers, CSA code for welding systems, rectifier circuits, transformers, rectifier filters, saturable reactors, SCRs inverter power sources and wire feed control circuits. The aim is not to be able to repair welding equipment but to understand its operation in order to be able to complete preliminary trouble shooting as described in a manual. Knowledge of equipment operation also makes equipment set-up and operation much easier.

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.

WE7010 Work Term III (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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