Welding Techniques

Program: WETC
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2024
Location: Midland, Owen Sound


Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career in welding and metal fabrication? The Welding Techniques program prepares you to enter the workplace with an exceptional skill set that is in high demand. You acquire comprehensive welding skills through hands-on practical labs using the latest equipment in our state-of-the-art facility. You create and read blueprints and gain an understanding of metals and their characteristics. In addition to the solid theoretical and hands-on practical welding knowledge, you gain experience in safe work practices and weld inspection methods from well-seasoned, experienced Canadian Welding Bureau qualified instructors. Upon successful completion of this program, you are eligible to test for the Canadian Welding Bureau Qualifications based on your level of competence.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find a range of occupations in the welding field, including manufacturing and fabricating, automotive and heavy equipment production, automation, various trades unions and construction. Self-employment is another viable option upon graduation.

Graduates are eligible for exemption from Level 1 and 2 in-school training requirements when entering 456A Welder apprenticeship.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. perform work responsibly and in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  2. interpret engineering drawings and blueprints and produce basic graphics required by industry;
  3. recognize and understand use of welding symbols;
  4. use layout and fabrication processes typical to the industry to determine correct form with accuracy;
  5. select appropriate tools and devices to perform mathematical calculations and technical measurements for successful completion of a project;
  6. perform weld applications utilizing Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding Flux Core Arc Welding, Metal Core Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, And Oxy-fuel Fusion and Braze Welding.
  7. use welding techniques according to industry standards;
  8. create high quality welds on various types of material and create joints in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions;
  9. identify how to prevent weld defects and define procedures for correction to ensure weld quality;
  10. communicate clearly, concisely, and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the need of the audience;
  11. contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of environmentally sustainable practices within the welding industry;
  12. discover business skills and career opportunities that could lead to entrepreneurial opportunities.

Program Progression 

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2024
  • Sem 2: Winter 2025

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:

Additional Information

This program also covers all the learning outcomes for Level 1 of the Welder (456A) and Metal Fabricator (437A) – common core, as well as Level 2 welder apprenticeship programs in Ontario. Once you sign up as an apprentice in either trade, you may be exempt from this level of apprenticeship in-school training.

Graduation Requirements

11 Program Courses
1 Communications Course
1 General Education Course

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
WETC 1002 Trade Calculations for Welders 42
WETC 1005 Metallurgy for Welding 42
WETC 1013 Welding and Cutting Processes 42
WETC 1016 Trades Practice and Safety 14
WETC 1017 Blueprint Reading for Metal Trades 56
WETC 1018 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Basics 70
WETC 1019 Gas Metal Arc Welding 56
Semester 2
Program Courses  
WETC 1014 Layout and Fabrication 56
WETC 1020 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Intermediate 2 70
WETC 1021 Flux Core Arc Welding/Metal Core Arc Welding 56
WETC 1022 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 56
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours644

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of one year (as stated above) may take a maximum of two years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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