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Welding & Fabrication Technician Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship

Available at: Cornwall


The program delivers welding technology at the technician level and prepares students for the demands of the welding industry. This market requires graduates with a higher level of theory combined with the practical skills needed to succeed in an industry with an evolving level of complexity.

Graduates of this two-year program are eligible to receive an Ontario College Diploma. Students are registered with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as apprentices. They also receive the equivalent of all the in-school training necessary to meet the requirements of the provincially administered welder apprenticeship program. Upon completion of this program and with the additional work experience (on-the-job-training) detailed in the training standards for the welding trade, apprentices are then eligible to challenge the exam for the Certificate of Qualification for the Trade. 

Students also have the opportunity to challenge the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certification in several different welding processes. This allows graduates to provide employers with proof of CWB certification.

This program is funded in part by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

This program is not open to International students.


In the work placement component of the program, students gain valuable knowledge and skills and complete a portion of the training standards booklet as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. This training in local welding and fabricating shops takes place during four months of paid co-op placement in between years one and two of the program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are eligible for employment in the metal fabricating industry as well as the manufacturing and repair sectors.

Students take a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) course which enables them to program and operate automated welding and cutting equipment. This offers them the opportunity to operate CAD equipment in a advanced fabricating shop.

Current Grant Opportunities

This program is considered a Red Seal trade ( Apprenticeship grants are designed to make a career in the trades an attractive choice and encourage more apprentices to complete their training. Eligible apprentices could receive up to $4,000, which can be used to pay for tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses.

As per the Service Canada website, registered apprentices who have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent) in one of the Red Seal trades can apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG), which is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year/level up to a maximum of $2,000. And, registered apprentices who have completed their training and become a certified journeyperson in a designated Red Seal trade and who obtain either the Red Seal endorsement or a provincial or territorial Certificate of Qualification can apply for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG), which is a taxable cash grant of $2,000. For more information visit

Program Name

Welding & Fabrication Technician Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

To view a detailed fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2019-20

Semester 1
COMP 86-89 Basic Computer Applications 
MATH 17 Introductory Mathematics for Trades Technicians
WELD 1101 Blueprint Reading I
WELD 1102 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
WELD 1103 Mechanical Subjects
WELD 1104 Oxy-Acetylene Welding & Cutting
WELD 1105 Safety & Rigging

Semester 2
COMM 62 Skilled Trades Applied Communications
WELD 1201 Blueprint Reading 2
WELD 1202 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
WELD 1203 Metallurgy and Distortion
WELD 1204 Technical Math 1
WELD 1205 Gas Metal Arc Welding I
WELD 1206 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I

Summer Term
Summer Work Experience

Semester 3
COMM 42 Critical Thinking Skills
GENE General Education Course
WELD1301 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3
WELD1302 Plate & Pipe Development 1
WELD1303 Welding Specifications & Code
WELD1406 Computer Aided Design

Semester 4
GENE General Education Course
WELD 1407 Advanced Welding Processes
WELD1402 Layout & Fitting
WELD1403 Gas Metal Arc Welding 2
WELD1404 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2
WELD1405 Automated Welding

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

    • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
    • Grade 11 Math at C, U or M level
    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


    Health Requirements


    St. Lawrence College has had a great impact on the course of my career. The teachers, instructors, staff and faculty alike are all top notch and I would recommend the welding program to anyone who strives for a better future. I am currently living in Fort McMurray Alberta, and am fortunate enough to work in the oil sands at the Suncore site. Although I am new to the oil industry, it is due to my training with St. Lawrence College that I will be eligible to advance at a much faster pace.

    Pete Seguin

    Program Contact

    Mark MacDonell

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    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Advanced Standing

    Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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