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Metal Fabricator Ontario College Certificate

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  • Objectives
    The Metal Fabricator program provides the apprentice with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of metal fabrication together with the practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training with an employer.
  • Practical experience
    There is an on-the-job training component associated with this program.
  • Academic Title
    Metal Fabricator Ontario College Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    DRWG1700     Engineering Drawings I

    Description: This course will develop interpretation skills for metal fabrication drawings developed using orthographic projection methods. Basic drawing skills will be practiced with drafting tools and freehand sketching as well as a demonstration of CAD software. Additional topics include welded joint design and welding symbols.
    Hours: 51
    Credits: 4

    WELD1270     Semi-Automatic Welding Processes I
    Description: This course will develop basic welding skills with the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) (commonly referred to as "MIG" welding) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) (commonly referred to as flux cored welding) processes. Techniques will be developed for producing fillet and groove welds in the flat and horizontal positions with both processes.
    Hours: 54
    Credits: 4

    WELD1280     Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
    Description: This course will develop basic welding skills with the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process, commonly referred to as "stick" welding. Techniques will be developed for producing fillet welds in all welding positions while groove welds will be produced in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions with a variety of electrode types.
    Hours: 69
    Credits: 5

    WELD1290     Thermal Cutting
    Description: Application and set-up of thermal cutting processes used for the cutting, piercing, bevelling and gouging of various metals will be studied in this course. Hands-on practice will stress safety and quality using the oxy-fuel gas cutting, plasma arc cutting, and air-carbon arc gouging processes.
    Hours: 27
    Credits: 2

    WELD1300     Trade Practices

    Description: The first topic in this course reviews safety topics including potential workplace hazards, precautions and personal protective equipment and safety legislation. The second topic reviews proper application and use of hand, measuring and power tools used for welding and metal fabrication. The third topic will develop mathematical skills necessary for trade calculations in the welding industry.
    Hours: 33
    Credits: 2

    WELD1310     Welding & Fabrication Quality I

    Description: Welding quality will be studied from a perspective of defect identification and reviewing cause, effect and corrective actions for various defects. In addition, causes and control methods for warpage and distortion in welded fabrication will also be reviewed.
    Hours: 27
    Credits: 2

    WELD1320     Welding Theory I
    Description: The major welding processes will be studied in this course with emphasis on learning the effect, set-up and control of the main welding variables. This knowledge will then be used to assist in developing welding skills in accompanying practical courses. Processes to be studied include Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Metal Cored Arc Welding (MCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).
    Hours: 39
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    DRWG2200     Engineering Drawings II

    Description: This course will further develop interpretation and drawing skills from Blueprint Reading I with detail drawings for structural steel, platework, pressure vessels and piping. Additional practice will be gained from producing Bill of Materials from fabrication drawings that specify piece part dimensions and processing methods and the layout and fabrication of basic shop projects.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    DRWG2210     Pattern and Template Development I
    Description: This course will further develop the ability to layout templates and patterns using radial and parallel line methods. Methods will include interpretation of drawings, use of layout and measuring tools and application of formulae to ensure accuracy and functionality to meet specified tolerances.
    Hours: 33
    Credits: 2

    WELD2400     Metal Fabrication I
    Description: This course will develop skills to plant, setup and perform metal fabrication techniques on sheet, plate, pipe and structural shapes. Hand and power tools will be used to perform fabrication exercises including coping, pipe branches, elbows and box construction.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    WELD2410     Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

    Description: This course will develop basic welding skills with the GTAW process, commonly referred to as "TIG" welding. Techniques will be developed for producing fillet and groove welds in the flat and horizontal positions on both mild and stainless steels.
    Hours: 21
    Credits: 2

    WELD2420     Fabrication Machine Operation

    Description: This course will develop skills in the safe operation of machine tools used for cutting, forming and piercing operations in the fabrication of metals. The course will combine classroom instruction with practical projects using machine tools including drill presses, plate shears, ironworkers, band saws, plate rolls and the brake press.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    WELD2430     Welding & Fabrication Quality II
    Description: The first topic in this course reviews advanced metallurgy topics including the application of an iron-carbon equilibrium diagram to understand how steels react to heat and the weldability of different metal types. The second topic examines additional methods to control and correct for weld distortion. The third topic will review codes and standards used in the welding industry and welding procedure documentation and qualification requirements.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    Level Three
    DRWG3200     Pattern and Template Development II

    Description: This course will further expand the apprentice fabricators ability to solve complex surface development problems by mathematical, graphic and computer software applications.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    WELD3210     Metal Fabrication II
    Description: This course will expose the apprentice fabricator to a range of advanced practical applications, building on Metal Fabrication I as well as other courses in the program. An efficient, safe and cooperative approach will be expected during the completion of individual and group projects.
    Hours: 96
    Credits: 7

    WELD3220     Fabrication Project Planning
    Description: This course will develop an understanding of Project Planning for fabrication and installation by studying and applying drawing interpretation, estimating and compliance with regulations as well as client completion schedules.
    Hours: 15
    Credits: 1

    WELD3230     Shipment Preparation
    Description: This course will provide the apprentice fabricator with an understanding of the requirements for preparing a fabrication project for shipping to the client or construction site.
    Hours: 21
    Credits: 2

    WELD3240     Fabrication Installation

    Description: This course will provide the apprentice fabricator with an understanding of the process of site installation and erection by safe, efficient lifting and rigging as well as exposure to the application of fall protection regulations and equipment.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

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