Welding Technology

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Welding Technologists are big picture thinkers. They inspect and produce welding projects and supervise welding teams. You’ll learn effective communication tools, applied welding knowledge, and advanced quality control procedures. The scope of learning ranges from basic welding and steel fabrication to specialized training in robotics, metallurgy, and weld inspection methods and design. You’ll practice your learning and network with trade professionals during work practicums. Welding Technologists are hired by competitive companies for the insight and leadership they provide.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two years 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
    • Foundations of Mathematics 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112

      NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
      International Student Admission Equivalencies

      Career Possibilities

      Graduates of this program may find employment as engineering assistants, robotic welding programmers, welding inspectors, laboratory technicians, welding consultants, welding instructors and welding foremen or supervisors in various areas, including the construction industry, pulp and paper mills, steel fabrication shops, shipbuilding, refineries, and nuclear facilities.

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      Specific Considerations

      Technology Requirements
      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. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

      Areas of Study

      • Welding Inspection Methods
      • Welding Processes
      • Metallurgy
      • Nondestructive Examination
      • Engineering Drawing
      • Codes and Specifications
      • Welding Safety
      • Welding Electricity
      • Welding Economics
      • Weld Design
      • Fundamentals of Quality Assurance
      • Mathematics
      • Human Relations
      • Computer Skills for Technologists
      • Report Writing and Presentations
      • Weld Automation
      • Fabrication Techniques
      • Work Practicum

      Program Courses

      Courses are subject to change.

      Students will learn to write a variety of technical documents and business correspondence suitable to a specific audience and purpose as well as learn how to conduct research and document sources.

      This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

      This course provides students with the fundamentals of AC and DC circuits and the principles of magnetism and electro-magnetic induction to serve as a foundation for the presentation of the principles of welding power sources. This course combines theory and lab practices to demonstrate the basic electrical functions of the various components of welding equipment.

      This course introduces students to ethical principles and codes of conduct applicable to professional practices. The subject of ethics is a requirement of many accredited programs. Therefore, successful completion of Professional Ethics is a graduation requirement for engineering technology programs.

      This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skill acquired in their training to a real-world environment. Under the supervision of a host agency, students work at a level commensurate with their knowledge and abilities at this stage of their academic development. Students are assigned a practicum supervisor with whom they meet during their placement and to whom they submit a written report outlining their practicum experience.

      Work hours may vary, depending on the work location.

      This course gives students an understanding of the nature and practice of supervision, by providing the broad background needed to deal with a wide range of supervisory issues. This course combines lectures, discussion groups and case studies dealing with various management situations.

      This course instructs students on the methods and procedures required to accurately predict the cost of welding and to analyze production practices for cost effectiveness. The course is a combination of theory and its application, where students are expected to do an extensive cost estimating project.


      • MATH1158

      This course provides the welding engineering technologist with a knowledge of the codes and specifications relevant to the welding industry in Canada. Students are expected to research code related solutions to identified industrial situations.

      This course provides the welding engineering technologist with a knowledge of the codes and specifications relevant to the welding industry internationally. Students are expected to research code related solutions to identified industrial situations.

      This course instructs the students on the metallurgical principles relating to the working, heat treating, and welding of engineering materials through a combination of theory and laboratory practices. Students are required to do an oral presentation on a research project.


      • MATE1076E

      This course instructs the students to use the basic principles and practices of non-destructive testing relevant to quality control in the welding industry. This course is a combination of theory and practical applications.


      • WDSO1158D
      • QUAL1053D

      Students distinguish between various metal preparation techniques and equipment.

      Students will use basic metallurgical skills to aid in identifying and segregating various types of metals. As well, they are able to compare the effects of heat treating metallic materials by conducting various laboratory experiments.


      • SECU1221G

      This course provides students with a sound mathematical foundation in preparation to higher level mathematics (calculus) and other technology courses.

      Building on the foundation of Mathematics Fundamentals, this course is designed to provide the student with the necessary mathematical skills to better manage differential calculus.


      • MATH1089

      This course, built on the foundation of Pre-Calculus Mathematics, is intended to familiarize the student with the fundamental operations of differential and integral calculus. These skills will be applied to the solution of technical problems.


      • MATH1158

      This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts of metal fabrication methods and principles with emphasis on safety, proper selection, use and care of hand and power tools. In addition, students operate metal fabrication machines including power shears, press brakes and rolling equipment.


      • PRLP1060

      Failure analysis is the process of collecting and analyzing data to determine the cause of a failure. This course provides a very practical approach to diagnosing and analyzing material failure. Participants are given case studies and hands-on projects to determine whether:
      - a component or product failed in service
      - a failure occurred in manufacturing
      - a failure occurred during the production process.
      Topics covered include procedures for analysis, failure mechanisms and failure in product forms and components.


      • MATE1003D

      Students are introduced to 3D parametric modeling and design techniques in order to generate technical drawings. They apply knowledge of machine tools and manufacturing processes in the context of computer aided drafting software. This course covers standard solid primitives, and new objects are created using the primitives and the editing and Boolean operations available in AutoCAD. Generation of assemblies, sections and layouts for plotting is covered.


      • PRLP1061B

      Students learn how to create and safely use a program that will enable a welding robot to complete a weldment. They also learn how to jog the robot, simulate a weld, edit a program, complete continuous as well as circular welds.

      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. 

      This course provides students with the basic skills required for accurate drawing interpretation and template development. This course is a combination of theory and practical. Students are expected to complete a series of template developments.


      • PRLP1061B

      This is an introductory course which presents the skills required to interpret engineering drawings.

      Student will be able to use basic drafting techniques as well as computer-aided drafting to develop various types of drawings.

      This project-based course provides the ability to develop and implement quality management systems that incorporate quality assurance (QA) concepts, manuals, improvement strategies, statistical methods, design of experiment techniques, failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) and the production of quality based reports. Students learn these concepts through an actual production environment simulation.

      This course instructs students on the basics of weld quality control and inspection. This course is a combination of theory and practical applications. Students are expected to submit an inspection and test plan to be used for a weldment.


      • MATE1076E
      • WDSO1152B

      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 instructs the students in the design of welded connections and includes the mathematics and the general approach. Emphasis is placed on those areas affecting the safety and economics of welding applications. Students are expected to submit a weld design project report.


      • MATH1158

      Students will apply the theory and practical skills attained in Welding Engineering Technology to a related workplace application. Students are expected to submit a written report outlining their practicum experiences.

      Students are introduced to the shielded-metal arc welding process on ferrous materials.

      Students are introduced to the following weld processes: gas metal arc welding; flux-cored arc welding; metal-cored arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding. Students must set up and use the various weld processes equipment and demonstrate the manipulative skills required to achieve quality welds.


      • WDSO1121B
      • WDSO1152B

      The practical project enables first-year students to layout, construct and weld on a weldment. The project prepares the students for a work practicum by allowing them to use fabricating and welding skills.


      • META1062D
      • WDSO1122D

      Manual metal arc welding processes, principles and terminologies are discussed and demonstrated.

      This course instructs students on the operational principles and safety procedures of modern welding applications. The course is a combination of theory and practical. Students are expected to do oral presentations on related topics.


      • EFAE1000D
      • WDSO1122D

      NOC Codes

      2233 - Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
      6221 - Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

      Articulation Agreements

      Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
      NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


      External Certifications

      Welding Technology graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

      Institution: NBSCETT - New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
      External Certification: Professional Technologist
      Information: Certification by the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.


      Institution: Canadian Welding Bureau
      External Certification: Welding - Canadian Welding Bureau
      Information: Level 1 Welding Inspection Examination - Canadian Welding Bureau

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