Welding and Metal Fabrication

CampusStart Date
MiramichiSeptember 2018
WoodstockSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Welding and Metal Fabrication each contain unique areas of expertise. This program provides you with a foundational knowledge of both trades. You’ll learn how to read blueprints and plan and implement welding and fabrication processes. This includes the cutting and layout through to fitting and fabrication, as well as common welding processes such as shielded metal arc, flux cored arc, and gas metal arc. Our program pairs in-depth coursework with hands-on welding and fabricating experience in order to get you job-ready.


This program contains the equivalent of 40 weeks of instruction delivered over three semesters or one full academic year.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of this program can go on to become structural metal and platework fabricator and fitters. Other career possibilities include welders and related machine operators. Graduates of this program may be employed by welding or ironworking companies, or by manufacturers of structural steel, boilers, heavy machinery and transportation equipment. They can also find employment in other sectors including maintenance, shipbuilding, fishing, agricultural equipment, railways, aviation, mining and the oil and gas industry.

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    NOC Codes

    7235 - Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
    7237 - Welders and related machine operators

    What you will learn

    • Workplace Safety Practices
    • Math Foundations
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Basic Layout and Drafting
    • Metallurgy
    • Hand Tools/Power Equipment
    • Patterns and Templates
    • Welding and Cutting
    • Material Handling
    • Fitting – Plate and Structural
    • Quality Assurance
    • Workplace Practicum

    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    Students learn the practices related to safe use and care of hand tools and measuring and layout instruments. They identify structural steel shapes, know the practices used in cutting metals using hand or manually operating cutting equipment,follow standard practices for drilling, reaming, and threading metal and uses of fasteners.


    • SECU1194G

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    In this course, the students are presented with a balance of theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Instructional emphasis is focussed on the information, principles and formulas required to perform trade related mathematical calculations.


    • MATH1208

    Students employ knowledge related to metallurgical principles in carrying out practices to control the expansion and contraction of metals.


    • SECU1194G

    Students learn the essential requirements for the use and maintenance of stationary power shearing, iron worker type, and press brake equipment. As well, students learn the types and uses of roll forming equipment and, how to operate manual, mechanical bending, and rolling equipment safely.


    • IPTI1030E
    • PRLP1058D
    • SECU1194G

    The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    This course is designed to provide students with the skills to sketch and read blueprints to extract information. Students learn to interpret information from blueprints and use proper instruments and techniques to produce drawings.

    Upon completion of this course, students know the theory required for the identification and grades of structural components in metric and imperial units.


    • PRLP1058D


    • MATH1209
    • PRLP1058D

    This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge required to function safely in their work environment. Included within this course are the specific WorkSafeNB competencies required for all NBCC graduates. Participants cover the safety and security standards required on the job so that they are aware of potential hazards and can prevent them.

    The safety procedures introduced in the course focus on preparing the students to function efficiently and safely as they get more practice and applied knowledge specific to their trade.

    This course introduces students to the safe use of rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment.


    • SECU1194G

    This course provides students with an understanding of:

    - their responsibilities when working in areas where fall hazards exist;

    - the use of and inspection of the required equipment; and

    - the critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall.

    This course provides students with an understanding of the hazards related to working in a confined space environment. It looks at the proper safe work practice and procedures for confined spaces as well as rescue considerations.

    This course is designed to provide students with practical hands on experience in layout, cutting, forming fitting and fabricating structural components.


    • WDSO1169I
    • WDSO1170E
    • PRLP1078

    Students learn to weld steel plate and assemblies using flux core arc welding/metal core arc welding (FCAW/MCAW) processes.


    • SECU1194G

    This course instructs students on the techniques for welding butt joints on plate using F-3 class electrodes.


    • SECU1194G
    • WDSO1169I

    This is an introductory course in the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process. Topics include: safety procedures, power sources, electrode selection, oxy-fuel cutting, and various joint designs.


    • SECU1194G
    • IPTI1030E

    This course instructs students on the safe set-up, maintenance and proper use of cutting and gouging equipment.  Students learn to perform cutting operations.  Safe practices are emphasized.


    • SECU1194G

    This course instructs students on the techniques for welding butt joints, groove welds, and filet welds on plate using the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process.

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