Welding is a high demand trade, one that is critical for the success of many major development projects in every province across the country. The Welding Techniques program prepares students with practical, hands-on experience that applies the technical theory and elements of the welding field. Our state of the art welding lab includes 26 individual stations that allow students to train in a controlled environment as well our virtual welding stations that offer students the opportunity to practice using realistic simulations. The Smart Welding Lab also provides a monitor and specialized infrared camera that let instructors demonstrate and digitally document welding techniques.


Program name
Welding Techniques
Casa Loma Campus
1 year (2 semesters)
Starting month
September, May
Ontario College Certificate
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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 Open
International students
Sept. 2020 Closed
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 Opens Aug 3, 2020

Full Description

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Employment opportunities in the Welding trade span several industries including transportation, petro chemical, oil and gas, aerospace, fabrication, manufacturing, pipelines, mining and construction.

George Brown’s Welding Techniques program prepares students with practical, hands-on experience that applies the technical theory and elements of the welding field. Students articulate their technical and essential employability skills through an e-portfolio, based on skill development throughout the program.

At the end of this intense, two-semester program, students will have the opportunity to challenge the shielded metal arc weld test, in accordance with CSA W47.1/W59 standards, in a position(s) of their choosing through the Canadian Welders Bureau. (This test will be voluntary and at an extra cost to the student.)

This experiential program will provide you the skills to master five of the most common types of welding processes:

  1. Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW): This process uses a consumable electrode covered with flux. It is the primary type of welding used in the maintenance and repair industry. Arc welding is usually used to weld iron and steel, although it can also be used for alloys (aluminum, nickel, etc.).
  2. Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW): This welding process uses electricity to melt and join pieces of metal together. It is generally regarded as one of the easiest types of welding to learn. It is also called Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). It can be used to weld a variety of metals such as carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, magnesium, copper, bronze, etc.
  3. Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW): The process uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode that delivers the current to the welding arc. The tungsten and weld puddle are protected and cooled with an inert gas, typically argon or helium. It is most commonly used for welding stainless steel and non-ferrous metals like aluminum, magnesium and copper alloys.
  4. Plasma Arc and Oxyfuel Cutting: This process utilizes an electrode and compressed gas, forced at high speeds through a nozzle, usually copper, to cut metal, primarily mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Oxyfuel cutting uses fuel gases combined with oxygen to cut metals, usually steel.
  5. Fabrication: Metal fabrication is the building of metal structures by cutting, bending, and assembling processes. It is a value added process that involves the construction of machines and structures from various raw materials.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Perform work responsibly and in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and industry processes and procedures, including demonstrating learned knowledge of WHMIS.
  2. Interpret engineering drawings and blueprints to produce basic graphics and welding projects as required by industry.
  3. Select, plan, and demonstrate sustainable metal fabrication operations using industrial metal fabrication machinery and emerging technologies.
  4. Perform basic technical measurements and welding functions accurately, using appropriate equipment and welding techniques.
  5. Create welds on various types of materials and joints in the major welding positions to industrial standards and codes.
  6. Use shop tools and equipment to manufacture, assemble, maintain and repair components according to required specifications and industry standards.
  7. Interact effectively and professionally in shop environments, both independently and with fellow workers and other tradespeople.
  8. Assess weld quality and implement corrective action where required to follow quality control and quality assurance procedures and meet organizational standards and requirements.
  9. Create a professional development plan that addresses one’s strengths and areas for growth in the greater context of the welder profession.

Required Courses

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semester courses
CodeCourse Name
WELD1010Blueprint Reading and Production for Welders
WELD1011Mathematics for Welders
WELD1012Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
WELD1013Gas Metal Arc Welding I
WELD1014Bronze Welding, Oxyfuel Cutting and Plasma Arc Cutting
WELD1015Metallurgy for Welders I
COMM1007College English


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
WELD1112Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
WELD1113Gas Metal Arc Welding II
WELD1114Gas Tungsten Welding
WELD1115Metallurgy for Welders II
WELD1118CAD for Welders
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

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The Industry

Student completing welding job

Welding is a high demand trade, one that is critical for the success of many major development projects in every province across the country. Employment opportunities span several industries including:

  • Transportation
  • Petrochemical
  • Oil and Gas
  • Aerospace
  • Fabrication
  • Manufacturing
  • Pipelines
  • Mining
  • Construction

The Bureau of Labour Statistics paints a very bright future for welding careers in Ontario. Between 2010 and 2025, the industry is expected to see around 15 percent growth, which is higher than the rate of growth for most other occupations. Welding positions are going to be incredibly important to both the provincial and national economy over the course of the next decade.

Your Career

Graduates of the program bring a wide range of welding skills to future employers. This program increases your marketability and knowledge of the welding trade and provides a good understanding of the safety practices relevant to the work performed. Welders are always going to be in demand in the manufacturing industry of Ontario because of how important they are to the manufacturing process. Most of the basic welding skills are the same across all industries, so welders are able to shift from one industry to the next – meaning that there is always a constant supply of work.



Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

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Tom Tomassi, Program Coordinator

School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Email: ttomassi@georgebrown.ca

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4303

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