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.
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.
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 (www.red-seal.ca). 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 www.servicecanada.gc.ca.
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