Welding and Fabrication Technician

Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
January 2024

September 2024

January 2025

September 2025

About this program

Welding and Fabrication Technician

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The precision work of welders and fabricators holds up bridges and delivers miners safely underground. Gain skills in welding, fabrication, detailing and millwrighting that you can use across the country, from coast to coast, in virtually any industry.

Admission requirements

Required academic preparation

  • OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
  • Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent OR
  • Mature applicant

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

Recommended academic preparation

  • Welding
  • Grade 11 Mathematics

Is it for you?

Welders play an essential role in building and maintaining critical infrastructure. This is a good career for people who:

  • Show precision in their work.
  • Have solid math skills.
  • Take pride in doing things right.
  • Would like to master a skill that will be in demand wherever they go.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

First Year - Semester One

  • Computer Applications
  • Fitting 1
  • Layout 1
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Technical Math 1 (WELT)
  • Welding 1
  • Welding Theory 1

First Year - Semester Two

  • Fitting 2
  • Layout 2
  • Metallurgy 1
  • Technical Math 2 (WELT)
  • Welding 2
  • Welding Theory 2

Second Year - Semester Three

  • Applied Communication
  • Business Start Up
  • Computer-Aided Pattern Development
  • Welding 3
  • Welding Distortion and Inspection

Second Year - Semester Four

  • Computer-Aided Steel Detail
  • Fabrication & Assembly Practice
  • Layout and Template Development IV
  • Rigging, Installation and Job Planning
  • Welding 4

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


  • Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
  • Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,308
  • Total: $4,030.08
  • Additional Program Costs: $1,291 (year one)


Credential:Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)

Experiential learning

Prepare to meet increasingly complex industry standards through hands-on learning in Loyalist's newly equipped The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre:

  • Follow projects from the engineering drawings stage, through cutting and forming processes, to the completion of the job and quality inspection.
  • Create with new and evolving technologies such as CNC press brakes, CNC plasma cutting and 3D designing.
  • Practise welding techniques such as gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding.
  • Participate in the Ontario Skills Competition and field trips to the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show.
  • Expand your theoretical and practical skill set, along with in-depth trade practices and job planning skills, in the two-year diploma program.

Career paths

Find your career

As a welder/fabricator technician, you will find job opportunities in any industry where metal fabrication and maintenance are performed. Your new skills can take you anywhere:

  • You could work in manufacturing, construction, welding or inspection.
  • Fabricate mining equipment; machinery; pipelines; bridge truss systems; vehicles such as subway cars and fire trucks; or shipbuilding and aerospace.
  • Average starting salaries range from $40,000 to $44,999*. With experience and government certification, potential earnings increase to $60,000 and more.
  • Get an employment edge with certificates you can earn in the program, such as Certified Welder, Structural Steel Plate Fitter, Certified Welding Inspector or Welding Supervisor.
  • You could fast track into an apprenticeship.

*Source: Employment Profile Provincial Report, Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

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Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

Loyalist College will be Ontario’s Destination College, known locally, nationally, and internationally as a deliberate choice of students, faculty, and staff, where their experiences are enabled by an engaged and supportive culture....

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Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Box 4200
K8N 5B9 Belleville Ontario

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