From concept to finished product, make metal fabrication projects a reality.

Take metal fabrication projects from the engineering drawing stage through the cutting and forming processes to the welding and inspection phase. Working in our welding lab, you’ll gain hands-on experience by using industry-standard equipment to hone your welding skills and take projects from concept to finished product. 
You have the option to start your apprenticeship and will also have unique opportunities to work on community and applied research projects and polish your skills in the real world. Required work preparation sessions help you develop an industry-specific resume and effective interviewing skills. Our program features an optional, paid co-op directly related to your program of study. 

Program highlights

  • Capped enrolment 
  • Your diploma equates to 3 levels of required theory towards your apprenticeship Certificate of Qualification 
  • Take projects from concept to finished product 
  • Real-world experience using industry-standard equipment in the College’s welding lab 
  • Optional paid co-op to gain industry training 
  • Opportunity for select students to participate in the Ontario Skills Competition 

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

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
MTH 1010 Trade Math I 3
WLD 1001 Blueprint Reading & Drafting I 1 3
WLD 1003 Metal Trades Practices 1 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
One General Education course. 2 3
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 General Education course. 2 3
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 General Education course. 2 3
 Total Credits86

 Course with Lab Component


For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.

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

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024 
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Registration to practice / additional testing

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

Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information. 

Employment opportunities

Multiple career opportunities exists in welding and fabrication in any industry where metal fabrication and maintenance are performed, for example:

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

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.