CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
St. AndrewsSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Welders use electric arc and oxy-fuel to heat and meld metal. The forms created by welders benefit a wide range of industries, including: aerospace, automotive, construction, and manufacturing. You’ll learn a technical understanding of arc welding, welding safety, power sources, and electrode classifications and selection. Welding is a skilled trade that has been perfected throughout history. Knowledgeable welders remain integral to factory and building teams.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of this program may be indentured as apprentices, and may be employed as welders in industrial and commercial sectors such as assembly plants, fabrication shops, factories, shipbuilding, refineries and building construction. Welders may work on the same site for prolonged periods and may routinely perform a variety of tasks. Welders work closely with other trades persons, including steel fabricators, steam fitters, pipe fitters, boilermakers, carpenters, ironworkers, industrial mechanics (millwrights), electricians, machinists, sheet metal workers and mechanics. Welding offers many career choices for employment development. From production lines to the laboratory, to research and development, national defence, sales and repair, the welding industry impacts virtually every industry on the globe.

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    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    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.


    • SECU1221F

    This course introduces students to the science of metallurgy to interpret the effects of heat cycles on carbon steels and carbon steel welds.


    • SECU1221F

    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

    This course instructs students on the safe and efficient use of fabricating equipment to produce small components.


    • SECU1221F

    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.


    • PRLP1058E

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


    • SECU1221F

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    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.

    Note:  This course may be delivered at the discretion of the college.

    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.

    Note:  The delivery timeline of this course is at the discretion of the campus.

    Students are introduced to the semi-automatic welding process in which a continuous and consumable wire electrode and a shielding gas are fed through a welding gun which is known as the gas metal arc welding process.


    • SECU1221F

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


    • SECU1221F

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


    • WDSO1169K
    • SECU1221F

    This course instructs students on the techniques for welding butt joints on plate using F-4 Class electrodes.


    • WDSO1169K
    • SECU1221F

    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.


    • IPTI1030F
    • SECU1221F

    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.


    • SECU1221F

    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.

    NOC Codes

    7237 - Welders and related machine operators
    7265 - Welders and Related Machine Operators

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