Welding Engineering Technician – Inspection

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Program Title: Welding Engineering Technician – Inspection
Credential Earned: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full Time
Program Length
Full-time 4 Semesters | Co-op 6 Semesters
Program Status: Open

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT – W010 (KL) Kirkland Lake (4 semesters)
NORT – W138 (KL) Kirkland Lake Co-op (6 semesters)

Program Specific Information and Forms
Below is information relating to this program.

Welding Information (PDF, 60 KB)


Program Description
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.

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.

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
welding@northern.on.ca

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.

Semester 1
CM1903 Communications I
GN1033 Health and Safety
IN1093 Computer Applications for Business & Technology
MA1100 Mathematics I
WE 1064 Welding Drafting
WE1082 Welding Electrical Fundamentals
WE1023 Codes and Standards
WE1404 Materials Joining

Semester 2
CM2903 Communications II
MA2063 Mathematics II
GN2013 Co-op Studies
EL1003 Elective
WE2084 Mechanic/Statics
WE2164 CAD and Fixture Design
WE3014 Materials Preparation
WE2024 Engineering Materials I

Semester 3
WE3010 Work Term I (Co-op Program Only)

Semester 4
GN2133 Law and Ethics
WE3044 Strength of Materials I
MA3033 Mathematics III
WE3005 Nondestructive Examination I
WE3104 Engineering Materials II
WE3204 Welding Processes I
EL2003 Elective II

Semester 5
WE5010 Work Term II (Co-op Program Only)

Semester 6
MA4204 Calculus I
WE4004 Welding Processes II
WE4024 Welding Metallurgy I
WE4074 Nondestructive Examination II

Semester 1
CM1903 Communications I
Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen both oral and written 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 and style. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents as well as learn the basics of portfolio assembly and presentation.

GN1033 Health and Safety
This course is an introduction to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. Topics include the Act and several related regulations. The student will also complete a valid WHMIS certification course during the semester.

IN1093 Computer Applications for Business & Technology
Students are introduced to commonly used features of the most widely used microcomputer applications – MS Word, MS Excel, and MS 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, factoring and solving a system of equations algebraically and by determinants.

WE 1064 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
Description: N/A

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.

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
Communications II is a continuation of Communications I and is designed to strengthen practical written and oral presentation skills. Students will apply the appropriate principles and formats to job-related documents and will continue to review grammatical structures and apply editing strategies.

MA2063 Mathematics II
This course covers exponents and radicals, the quadratic equation, ratio, proportion and variation, exponentials and logarithms, and vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws. Prerequisite: MA1100 Mathematics I

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.

EL1003 Elective
Students may choose a post-secondary course from a program they are working towards or a regular General Arts and Science course as an elective. Notes: Students cannot take post-secondary courses which require prerequisites. Certain programs such as, BSc. Nursing, Law Clerk and others, have predetermined electives. A list of eligible elective courses for these programs will be provided by the program coordinator at the beginning of each semester in which an elective is required.

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 CAD 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 CAD drawings. Prerequisite: Welding Drafting

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.

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.

Semester 3
WE3010 Work Term I (Co-op Program Only)
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. Prerequisite: Co-op Studies

Semester 4
GN2133 Law and Ethics
This course provides a basis for legal and ethical issues of importance to graduates and specifically covers torts, professional liability and contract law. Its goal is to begin preparing the student for professional designations and/or examinations.

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. Prerequisite: Mechanic/Statics

MA3033 Mathematics III
This course is designed solely for Welding Engineering Technology students in order to provide them with the ability 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

WE3005 Nondestructive Examination I
This course is designed to give students a solid basis for evaluation of Nondestructive Examination processes and equipment with respect to the discontinuities sought. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to explain and demonstrate the competent use of liquid penetrant and magnetic particle inspection methods. The student will apply the above methods to welded joints, castings, forgings, and various machinery parts with reference to reporting techniques and criteria as specified in pertinent specifications and standards such as ASME, ASTM, CSA and CGSB. Proper documentation and reporting of inspection data and results will also be stressed. Successful completion of this course will be recognized by the CGSB certifying agency training requirements for Level II Magnetic Particle Inspection and Level II Liquid Penetrant Inspection.

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. Prerequisite: Engineering Materials

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. Prerequisite: Materials Preparation

EL2003 Elective II
Description: N/A

Semester 5
WE5010 Work Term II (Co-op Program Only)
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.

Semester 6
MA4204 Calculus I
This is a basic applied mathematics course in elementary calculus. 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.

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. Prerequisite: Welding Processes I

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. Prerequisite: Engineering Materials II

WE4074 Nondestructive Examination II
This course is a continuation of Non Destructive Examination I. The student is given the opportunity to evaluate and apply the principles of radiography and ultrasonics. Emphasis is placed on documentation and reporting of test results using formats and criteria specified in pertinent standards. Successful completion of this course will be recognized by the CGSB certifying agency as meeting classroom training requirements for Level I Radiographic Inspection and Level I Ultrasonic Inspection.

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Articulation Agreements – Universities
Program Degree at Receiving University
Welding Engineering Technology Athabasca (Alberta)
Bachelor of Science
McMaster (Ontario)
Bachelor of Engineering Technology
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Nuclear Power

Note: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.