Welding and Metal Fabrication

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
WoodstockSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MiramichiSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnJanuary 2025 (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.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic 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 Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) 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

    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

    • Workplace Safety
    • Mathematics
    • Communication Skills
    • Employment Skills
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Basic Layout and Drafting
    • Metallurgy
    • Tools and Equipment
    • Patterns and Templates
    • Cutting and Gouging Processes
    • Semi-Automatic Welding
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    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.


    • MATH1269A

    This is an introductory course on methods used to identify metals and understand their mechanical and physical properties. Learners acquire knowledge of the effects of heat and welding on carbon steel.


    • SECU1322B

    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, learners focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job in a trade.


    In this course, learners 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.

    The purpose of the practicum is to provide learners with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables learners to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the learners 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 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, learners will be able to correctly interpret welding symbols and non-destructive examination symbols.


    • PRLP1093A

    In this course, learners implement skills commonly used to sketch simple drawings and create detailed shop drawings.


    • PRLP1093A

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


      This course is designed to provide learners with practical hands-on skills, and theory-based knowledge to perform layout, cutting, forming, fitting, and fabricating of structural steel components that meet industry standards. 


      • WDSO1232B
      • WDSO1234B
      • PRLP1097A

      Learners acquire knowledge of the practices related to safe use and care of manual and power hand tools, measuring and layout tools, and stationary equipment pertaining to the trade. Learners are knowledgeable in the selection and installation of fasteners related to use of these tools.


      • SECU1322B

      This is an introductory course in the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process. Learners acquire the knowledge in the practices and procedures related to the safe use and care of SMAW equipment, electrode selection, identifying weld faults, and various joint designs.


      • WDSO1232B
      • SECU1322B

      This is an introductory course in the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process. Learners acquire knowledge in the practices and procedures related to the safe use and care of GMAW equipment, consumable selection, modes of metal transfer, and troubleshooting.


      • SECU1322B

      Learners acquire the knowledge of safe practices related to set-up, maintenance, and use of Oxy-Fuel, Electric Arc, and Plasma Arc Cutting and gouging equipment. They develop skills in both freehand and guided techniques and learn to troubleshoot faults related to cutting and gouging operations.


      • SECU1322B

      This course instructs learners on the welding techniques and theory-based knowledge to perform groove welds on butt joints using electrodes from the F4 classification. Upon completion, a destructive bend test will be performed to evaluate their welds.


      • WDSO1233A

      This course is designed to introduce learners to the proper welding techniques and theory-based knowledge in the Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Metal-Cored Arc Welding (MCAW) processes. Learners acquire skills and apply the practices and procedures related to the safe use and care of FCAW equipment, consumable selection, modes of metal transfer, and troubleshooting.


      • WDSO1234B

      NOC Codes

      72104 - Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
      72106 - Welders and related machine operators

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