Welding Engineering Technology

Program Title – Welding Engineering Technology

  • Credential Earned
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma

    Delivery
    Full Time

  • Program Length
    Full-time 6 semesters | Co-op 9 semesters

    Program Status
    Open

  • Tuition and Fees Career Coach

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT-W009 (KL) Kirkland Lake Campus (6 semesters)
NORT-W139 (KL) Kirkland Lake Campus Co-op (9 semesters)

Program Specific Information and Forms

Welding Information (PDF, 114KB)

  • Program Description
    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.

    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.

  • Being new to Canada...

    Li Han

    our first concern was learning the language. Even though we had the educational background, we really needed to understand the culture. Northern College provided us a great learning environment and a small town experience. It was really great for me and I strongly recommend learning at Northern College. You will never regret it. - Li Han, Welding Engineering Technology program


    If you're willing...

    Dante Rizzuto

    to learn it doesn't matter how much experience you have in your field of study.

    As long as you're focused and dedicated, you can do it.
    - Dante Rizzuto
    Welding Engineering Technology program


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
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 & Safety
MA1100 Mathematics I
WE 1064 Welding Drafting
WE1082 Welding Electrical Fundamentals
WE1023 Codes and Standards
WE1404 Materials Joining

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

Semester 3
WE3010 Work Term I Co-op Only

Semester 4
GN2133 Law and Ethics
EL2003 Elective II
MA3033 Mathematics III
WE3044 Strength of Materials I
WE3009 Nondestructive Examination I
WE3104 Engineering Materials II
WE3204 Welding Processes I

Semester 5
WE5010 Work Term II Co-op Only

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

Semester 7
WE7010 Work term III Co-op Only

Semester 8
WE5014 Welding Processes III
WE5024 Welding Metallurgy II
WE5043 Technical Project I
WE5044 Strength of Materials II
WE5064 Welding Physics
WE5102 Statistical Process Control
WE5122 Robotic Welding and Automation

Semester 9
MA5204 Calculus II
WE6022 International Welding Technologist Option
WE6024 Welding Metallurgy III
WE6034 Technical Project II
WE6074 Welding Processes IV
WE6084 Fracture and Fatigue
WE6094 Welding Circuits

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 & 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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WE3009 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.

Semester 3

WE3010 Work Term I Co-op 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.

EL2003 Elective II

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

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

WE3009 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 microstructures 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, microstructural and property changes of Fe-C alloys, Heat Treating, precipitation hardening, microstructural 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

Semester 5
WE5010 Work Term II Co-op 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 II

WE4024 Welding Metallurgy I
The metallurgical aspects of welding processes are studied. The influence of the heat source on the 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.

Semester 7

WE7010 Work term III Co-op 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 8

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. Prerequisite: Welding Processes II

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. Prerequisite: Welding Metallurgy I

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. Prerequisites: Welding Processes II, Welding Metallurgy I

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. Prerequisite: Strength of Materials I

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. Prerequisites: Welding Processes II, Welding Metallurgy I

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 9

MA5204 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, methods of integration and applications of integration in technology. Topics covered include: derivatives of the trigonometric, logarithmic, exponential functions and applications of derivatives in technology; 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. Prerequisite: Welding Metallurgy II

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. Prerequisite: Technical Report I

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. Prerequisites: Welding Processes III, Welding Metallurgy II

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.

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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

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