Project Description

Narrative Summary

OSTTC has a unique approach to Welder Training based on the student. Our training programs are designed to teach proper welding skills and instill good work ethics. The 15 week apprentice course follows the Ontario Ministry Curriculum for the Metal Fabricator (fitter) and welder. Training is achieved through classroom and practical instruction, demonstration, and participation. This course provides the apprentice with building blocks required to advance their knowledge and understanding through on the job training.

Admission Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete Academic Assessment
  • Exemplary marks in Grade 12 Math and Science

Course Outline

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Flux Core/Metal Core Arc Welding (FCAW/MCAW
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Blueprint Reading Including
    • Lines, Views, and scales
    • Welding Symbols
    • Joint and weld Types
    • Sections and Shapes
  • Welding Fundamentals including:
    • Safety-WHMIS, PPE, Material Handling
    • Power-sources and controls
    • Electrode and Wire Designations and codes
    • Performance Variables
  • Oxy-Fuel Cutting

Full-time participants in the program are provided with: welding helmet, gloves, chipping hammer, wire brush, and a welding jacket.

Hours and Duration

12 week program, Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Canada currently faces a critical shortage of skilled workers. Skilled tradespeople will be increasingly in demand because of the rapid pace of technological changes and as current workers in the field begin to retire. According to the Working in Canada Report (Government of Canada), employment opportunities for licensed welders will be steady.

Graduates of this program will find a range of employment opportunities through welder apprenticeship programs, as well as positions associated with manufacturing and fabricating, automotive, heavy equipment production, automation, and construction. Self-employment or working in the construction oil industry are also viable options upon graduation.

Career Opportunities

  • Aviation welding technician
  • Electric arc welder
  • Gas shielded arc welder
  • Spot welder
  • Pressure vessel welder
  • Brasing machine setter/operator
  • Soldering machine operator
  • Production worker
  • Aviation welding technician
  • Electric arc welder
  • Gas shielded arc welder
  • Q.C. inspector
  • Metal fabricator apprentice
  • Welder
  • Pressure vessel welder
  • Welder fitter
  • Brazing machine operator
  • Production welder
  • Maintenance welder
  • Fabrication estimator
  • Pipe welder
  • Welding product sales