Welding and Metal Fabrication

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MiramichiSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
WoodstockSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Imagine having the skills to build or fix anything that’s made of metal. Welding and metal fabrication each contain unique areas of expertise, but with a strong foundation in both trades, you can become the total package that employers are eager to hire. Welders and fabricators build everything from massive structures such as bridges and ships to elegant custom cars. You’ll find them in every industry where metal is used, and your skills can take you anywhere from factory floors and specialty shops to mega-projects around the region and the world.
 
In our Welding and Metal Fabrication program, you’ll learn how to read blueprints and plan and implement the welding and fabrication processes. That includes cutting and layout, fitting and fabrication, and common welding processes that bring all the pieces together, such as shielded metal arc, flux-cored arc, and gas metal arc. If you’ve got a sharp mind, capable hands, and a love for building things from start to finish, enrol today and graduate with the welding and metalworking skills that will allow you to shape an exciting future.


Duration

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 or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies


    Career Possibilities

    Our graduates can become structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters who fabricate and install metal components for buildings, bridges, tanks, towers, and other structures. You may work for an ironworking company, structural steel manufacturer, custom fabrication company, or you could work for yourself. There are great opportunities in many sectors, including maintenance, shipbuilding, fishing, agricultural equipment, railways, aviation, mining, and the oil and gas industry. Welders and fabricators who enjoy working with technology also find employment programming and operating automated metalworking and welding machinery in a variety of manufacturing facilities.

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    Specific Considerations

    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. You can review these computer specifications here (under your program specifications). Free wifi is provided on all campuses.
     


    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.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1221G

    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.

    Prerequisites:

    • MATH1208D

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

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1221G

    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.

    Prerequisites:

    • IPTI1030H
    • PRLP1058F
    • SECU1221G

    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.

    Prerequisites:

    • PRLP1058F



    Prerequisites:

    • MATH1209D
    • PRLP1058F

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

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1221G

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

    Prerequisites:

    • WDSO1169M
    • WDSO1170J
    • PRLP1078

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

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1221G

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

    Prerequisites:

    • WDSO1169M
    • SECU1221G

    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.

    Prerequisites:

    • IPTI1030H
    • SECU1221G

    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.

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1221G

    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

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


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