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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

Working in the College's welding lab, you will take metal fabrication projects from the engineering drawing stage through cutting and forming processes to the welding and inspection phase. You have the option to start your apprenticeship and will also have unique opportunities to put your welding skills into practice by working on real community and applied research projects.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters
  • Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship option
  • Opportunities to participate in applied research projects
  • Real-world experience using industry-standard equipment in the College's welding lab to take projects from concept to finished product

4D Learning Opportunities

Ontario Technological Skills Competition – Each year, select Cambrian Welding students compete in this provincial competition against other college students and apprentices.

Pedestrian bridge for Rotary Park – Students worked alongside industry partner Lopes Mechanical to build a 50-foot long bridge for a park in Sudbury.

Material handling loop – Students helped to build components of an industrial training circuit used by Cambrian's Millwright students.

Nature observation deck for Rotary Park – Students volunteered 900 hours to construct a fully-galvanized metal deck for a park in Sudbury.

Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program Option

The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program combines a college diploma and apprenticeship training. The placement for this program is an optional co-op and is not required for you to graduate. You can choose to complete your postsecondary program and graduate with a certificate or diploma without participating in the co-op option. However, if you choose, and qualify, to participate in this optional Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program, you may become a registered apprentice sponsored by your co-op employer. Through your participation in this program, you will have the opportunity to participate in paid co-op placements while earning a college certificate or diploma. Your academic curriculum, which enables you to receive Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 Trade School completion from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development after each successful year of schooling, will be enhanced by the experiences from your co-op placements.

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Skills and Trades Training

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

Additional Information

There is a testing fee that is determined by the type and number of different welding certifications for which the student wishes to test.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2020
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2020
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2021

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
TCA 1101 Trade Math I 3
WLD 1001 Blueprint Reading & Drafting I 3
WLD 1003 Metal Trades Practices 3
WLD 1122 Welding Applications I 1 8
WLD 1131 Welding Processes & Technology I 3
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
Semester 2
FAB 1200 Fabrication & Assembly Practices I 1 4
WLD 1000 Welding Metallurgy 3
WLD 1004 Layout & Template Development I 3
WLD 1006 Drawing/Inter. & Drafting I 4
WLD 1226 Welding Appl. & Practical Skill I 1 4
The following General Education course: 3
Personal Finance  
Semester 3
ENG 1780 Applied Communication II 2
FAB 2300 Fabrication & Assembly Practices II 1 4
WLD 1007 Drawing Interpretation 4
WLD 1009 Welding Processes & Practices 3
WLD 1011 Intro to Steel Detailing 3
WLD 2322 Welding Appl. & Practical Skill II 1 3
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Negotiation & Labour Relations  
Rock Music, Culture & Technology  
Psychology of Evil  
Issues and Ethics in Science  
Semester 4
FAB 2401 Fabrication & Assembly Practice III 1 4
LTD 2400 Layout & Template Develop III 2
SSD 2400 Plate & Structural Steel Develop.II 1 4
WLD 2413 Welding Appl n & Prac'l Skills III 1 5
WLD 2416 Job Planning & Preparation 2
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Negotiation & Labour Relations  
Rock Music, Culture & Technology  
Psychology of Evil  
Issues and Ethics in Science  
 Total Credits86


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $2,200. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Option

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities in welding and fabrication may exist in any industry where metal fabrication and maintenance are performed, for example:

  • Steel fabrication plants
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Pulp and paper mills
  • Mines
  • Refineries

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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