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Welding and Fabrication Technician Diploma

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  • Objectives
    In this program, students will develop the knowledge and skills required to become multi-skilled employees in the fabrication, detailing, and welding of metals. Graduates will have been provided with the opportunity to follow metal fabrication projects from the engineering drawing stage through cutting and forming processes to the welding and inspection phase. Extensive classroom and practical training will provide the graduate with the skills necessary for entry level positions in the steel trades.
  • Practical experience
    The Skills Technology Institute (SkyTech) sponsors qualified Co-op Apprenticeship students to work as apprentices on a cooperative work term following their first and second academic years. This co-op placement is optional. Students will be selected based on an application process, which review past academic achievements. Please note that students on appropriate co-op placements receive credit for all in-school apprenticeship training.
  • Academic Title
    Welding and Fabrication Technician Diploma
  • Course description
    Semester 1
    # BPR1100   -   002   -   Blueprint Reading And Drafting I

    This course introduces students to drafting rules and principles, sketching isometric and orthographic shapes, and the interpretation of various types of steel construction drawings and blueprints.

    # SWP1101   -   002   -   Safe Working Practices

    This course will familiarize students with safe working practices in both the welding shop and field environments, proper handling of tools and equipment, good housekeeping practices, including and compliance with government and company safety standards. Students will learn how report injuries, avoid restricted areas, use fire extinguishers safely, erect ladders, recognize potential health and safety hazards, and take corrective action when required for the protection of self and others.

    # TCA1101   -   003   -   Trade Math I

    This course will familiarize students with basic mathematical operations including addition, substraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Students will incorporate the use of both imperial and metric measurement to solve area, volume, and trade-related mathematical problems.

    # WLD1110   -   002   -   Welding Metallurgy I

    This course will enable students to identify metals and describe methods of identification. In addition, students will learn to describe and identify the basic mechanical and physical properties of metals and alloying elements and their effects on the properties of metals and its weldability. Students will be able to describe iron and steel, how they are produced and their types of classifications and applications. They will develop an understanding of the effects of heating and cooling on the properties of steel and how heating and cooling affect the grain structure and mechanical properties.

    # WLD1122   -   008   -   Welding Applications I

    This course provides the student with a thorough technical understanding of the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process fundamentals in the lab. In the lab, students will be given demonstrations in the application methods for these processes. Students will weld with the SMAW process in different positions and on a variety of weld joint configurations using a variety of electrode types. Various trade equipment will be used in the cutting and processing of these projects as required.

    # WLD1131   -   003   -   Welding Processes & Technology I

    This course will provide the theoretical knowledge required to operate various types of welding machines and various welding processes. Students will develop an understanding of various polarities, current settings and how to set up various make and types of welding machines to suit various processes and consumables. Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW),Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Metal Cored Arc Welding (MCAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Oxy-Fuel cutting processes and equipment will be included.

    Semester 2
    # BPR1205   -   002   -   Drawing Interpretation & Drafting I

    Prerequisite: BPR 1100 This course builds on the knowledge acquired in BPR 1100. Students will produce Bills of Material, freehand sketches and drawings to illustrate the work to be performed, and the fittings and/or components to be fabricated. Abbreviations, weld symbols, structural steel shapes and common terminology to compliment fabrication and welding practices will be covered. Fundamental joint types and the purpose and design of different weld joint types will be discussed.

    # CAD1100   -   002   -   Computer-Aided Drafting I

    Prerequisite: IMM 1155 (for IMTN students only) This is a hands-on course utilizing a computer to perform computer-aided drafting using the latest version of AutoCAD. Topics include drawing construction, scaling, editing, dimensioning, layering, entity controls and blocks, with the objective of producing industry-standard drawings.

    # ENG1580   -   002   -   Applied Communication I

    Prerequisite: ENG 1581 Students will practice the fundamentals of career-related applications of basic communications skills.

    # ENG1581   -   001   -   Communication Fundamentals:Ind. Stu.

    The students will develop independent learning skills and review the fundamental conventions of Standard English.

    # FAB1200   -   004   -   Fabrication & Assembly Practices I

    Prerequisite: WLD 1121 In this course, students will be taught the uses of the various metal forming equipment as dictated by projects being fabricated and formed. Students will be encouraged to fabricate different usable projects.

    # FAB1205   -   003   -   Fabrication Theory

    Prerequisite: SWP 1100 This course will provide theoretical knowledge to supplement the skills and progress in FAB 1200. Students will be introduced to common operation and maintenance of fabrication equipment for forming plate and structural steel, as well as the planning and sequencing of fabrication projects.

    # LTD1200   -   002   -   Layout and Template Development I

    In this course, students will be taught the proper use of layout instruments and to develop stretch-outs and patterns for various rectangular and cylindrical shapes, employing the parallel line development method.

    # TCA1201   -   001   -   Trade Math II & Science

    Prerequisite: TCA 1101 In this course, students will develop an understanding of and the ability to select trigonometric functions in order to solve trade related problems and calculate metal forming allowances for rolling, bending, and shrinkage by applying formulae.

    # WLD1226   -   004   -   Welding Appl'n & Practical Skill I

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    Semester 3

    # BPR2305   -   002   -   Drawing Interpret'n & Drafting II

    Prerequisites: BPR 1205 and TCA 1201 In this course, students will be taught drawing interpretation at an advanced level including dimensioning and tolerances, pressure vessels and associated piping drawings. Students will continue to produce freehand drawings and sketches as well as detail drawings from engineered plate fabrication drawings.

    # CAD1205   -   002   -   Computer Aided Drafting II

    This course is a second course in Computer Aided Drafting using AutoCAD and an introduction to Autodesk Inventor software. Topics include review of blocks, attributes, external references, the design centre, view ports and multi-scale drawings using layouts in autoCAD. It is an introduction to Autodesk Inventor and Parametric Modelling including 2D sketching and the sketch plane, using constraints, creating 3D parts from 2D sketches, creating 2D Part Drawings, using multiple sketch planes to complete a part and creating multipart assemblies.

    # ENG1751   -   001   -   Job Search Skills: Ind. Study

    Prerequisite: ENG 1551 Through guided independent study, students will explore the job search process in detail and gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices that lead to successful job searching and career planning. This course will also encourage further development of the independent learning skills and strategies practiced in ENG 1551 and 1581.

    # ENG1780   -   002   -   Applied Communication II

    Prerequisites: ENG 1580, ENG 1581 In this course, students will refine their communication skills by preparing responses to a variety of work-related situations. In accordance with MTCU requirements general education, the course will provide the opportunity for students to develop a greater understanding of work and the economy and of the relationships among individuals and society.

    # FAB2300   -   004   -   Fabrication & Assembly Practices II

    In this course, students continue the various metal forming equipment as dictated by projects being fabricated and formed. Students will be encouraged to fabricate different usable projects.

    # LTD2300   -   002   -   Layout & Template Development II

    Prerequisite: LTD 1200 In this course, students will develop patterns for conical and pyramid shapes employing the radial line development method using layout instruments.

    # SSD2300   -   002   -   Plate & Structural Steel Develop. I

    This course will familiarize students with the types and characteristics of structural shapes and members. Drawings and terminology of structural steel connections and construction processes in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction will be studied in detail.

    # WLD2322   -   003   -   Welding Appl'n & Practical Skill II

    This course will build on the knowledge and skills obtained in WLD 1121 and WLD 1223, adding new skills in welding processes as required by the students.

    # WLD2325   -   001   -   Welding Processes

    Prerequisite: WLD 1110 This course will build on the knowledge acquired in WLD 1110 and includes an introduction to the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process (GTAW) and thermal cutting processes including Plasma Arc Cutting and Air Carbon Arc Gouging.

    # WLD2330   -   002   -   Welding Distortion and Inspection

    Prerequisite: WLD 1110 This course familiarizes the students with the fundamental causes, effects, and correction procedures of distortion and the characteristics of metals and their alloys. It will build on the knowledge acquired in WLD 1110, as to the function and application of destructive and non-destructive testing methods in conjunction with weld quality, weld discontinuities, and defects.

    Semester 4
    # CAD2410   -   004   -   Computer-Aided Struc. Steel Detail

    Prerequisite: CAD 1200 This is an introductory subject in computer-aided detailing, students will use SteelCAD and various types of structures and elements of structures. Topics include fabricator and contract settings, structural piece marked erection drawings, individual member detail drawings of beams, columns and bracing, as well as various types of connections.

    # FAB2401   -   004   -   Fabrication & Assembly Practice III

    Prerequisite: FAB 2300 This course will build on knowledge and skills obtained in FAB 2300, adding new skills in operations of the welding equipment and shop, in fabrication equipment and in the assembly of place weldments, which must be mastered. Students will be required to safely and accurately fabricate assemblies in the shop. Students will be required to work in a group setting when fabricating some of the larger plate weldments.

    # GEN2400   -   002   -   Trade Practices & Ethics

    This is a self-directed learning course where students become familiar with provincial legislation that applies to trades workers, the ethical responsibility of trades workers, and quality standards that affect the workplace. In accordance with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities' general education requirements, this course provides an understanding of the history and organization of work and of working life challenges for the individual and society.

    # LTD2400   -   002   -   Layout & Template Develop III

    Prerequisite: LTD 2300 In this course, students will develop patterns for irregular tapered forms, transitions, and double angle forms, employing the triangulation method using layout instruments and mathematics utilizing material thickness calculations and bend allowances.

    # RIG2400   -   002   -   Rigging & Installation

    Prerequisites: SWP 1100, FAB 1200, FAB 2300 This course will explain and describe the process of site installation and the students will become familiar with the selection and the safe operation of lifting and rigging equipment utilizing fall protection procedures in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturers recommendations, and specifications and approved industry-standards.

    # SSD2400   -   004   -   Plate & Structural Steel Develop.II

    Prerequisite: SSD 2300 In this course, students will develop and assemble structural steel fabrications, which may include columns, joists, trusses, frames, beams, and stairs. They will perform the assembly of plate work components in order which may include cylinders, cones, pipes, and irregular fabrications using trade machinery to cut, bend, and shape plate and structural steel components, to produce the contour, shape, and sized in accordance with established trade tolerances as required by drawings and specifications.

    # WLD2412   -   003   -   Welding Appl'n & Prac'l Skills III

    Prerequisite: WLD 2321 This course will build on the knowledge and skills obtained in WLD 1121, WLD 1223, and WLD 2322, adding new skills, which must be mastered in welding and cutting processes. This course will allow time for testing of the students in welding positions and processes they have mastered by various welding agencies.

    # WLD2416   -   002   -   Job Planning & Preparation

          This course will provide the student with the knowledge required to plan a project for completion. The appropriate actions required for preparation and shipping of the final products will be explained. Students will be introduced to the site installation process.

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