Program Title – Welding Engineering Technology
- Credential Earned
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
- Program Length
Full-time 6 semesters | Co-op 9 semesters
- Tuition and Fees Career Coach
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 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...
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...
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
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).
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.
Graduates from our Technician or Technology programs may obtain certification through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists OACETT).
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.
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
- Troubleshooting welding process
- Evaluating welding power sources & processes
- Robotic applications