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PRIMARY TRADE: Welder/Metal Fabricator Pre-Apprenticeship

This course will provide hands-on and theoretical classes in basic welding to prepare participants for an entry-level position in the industry and the fundamentals for pursuing a career in the field. The participants will use industry grade tools and equipment throughout the course when completing projects.

Course Outcomes
Successful completion of this course will enable the participant to understand:
  • Design and fabrication of metal projects
  • Basics of metallurgy
  • Read and work with a variety of shop drawings to complete welding jobs
  •  Identification and interpretation of weld symbols
  • Importance of selection and preparation of materials and equipment settings
  • Layout procedures and material preparation
  • Set-up, adjustment of flame and gas pressure and shut-down procedures for oxyacetylene welding and cutting equipment
  • Creation of basic weld joints in a variety of positions and processes including GMAW (MIG), FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding) and SMAW (ARC) and applied according to required standards
  • Define the fundamental causes of distortion and describe the factors affecting distortion.
  • Understand the methods used to prevent distortion
  • Post-welding procedures
  • Inspection and troubleshooting of welding projects

SECONDARY TRADE: General Machining
PROGRAM LENGTH: 60 Hours training

This course provides the basic skills required to pursue a career in the machining field. Each participant will be able to develop their skill set by completing projects focusing on basic machining techniques and utilizing a variety of machines. The participants will be using industry grade equipment throughout the course when completing projects. This hands-on course will allow participants to further their education and take away a better understanding of the basics of general machining.

Course Outcomes
Successful completion of this course will enable the participant to:
  • Work with files and other hand tools.
  • Understand machining terms and methods.
  • Calculate speeds and feeds used in machining various materials.
  • Identify parts of milling machine and lathe.
  • Be knowledgeable on material removal and drilling using a milling machine.
  • Be knowledgeable on turning, facing and drilling using a lathe.
  • Able to cut off material using a horizontal bandsaw.
  • Interpret basic blueprint drawings and prepare free-hand sketches.
  • Able to utilized measuring instruments such as micrometers and vernier calipers
  • Be knowledgeable in the use of layout equipment
  • Be knowledgeable in various setup, clamping and work holding techniques


General Health & Safety:
This course covers safe material handling operations, Industrial Safety Acts and potential workplace hazards in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturers’ recommendations and approved industry standards.

Safety Certification Training: 
Certification training such as Workplace First Aid + CPR, WHMIS and Confined Space Entry will be done at strategic points in the program and prior to work placement. These classes will be arranged by the TTG Training/Marketing Coordinator.

Hand Tools/Power Tools:
By the end of this course participants will be able to properly describe the safety precautions of hand tools and power tools in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturers’ recommendations and approved industry standards. Participants will identify and gain knowledge in the use of various hand tools and power tools used throughout industry, including tools particular to the welder/metal fabricator and machining trades.

Trade Math:
A third party partnership with Conestoga Career Centre, Stratford Campus will provide an introductory trade calculations course which focuses on basic arithmetic, basic algebra, and geometry using practical workplace examples. This course is designed to prepare the participant for practical applications and subsequent learning in the welding/metal fabrication and machining fields.

Applied Blueprint Reading:
Participants will be able to describe the content and organization of drawings as well as understand the purpose of common types of lines, common views and presentations found on drawings. Participants will perform drafting and sketching operations and apply layout and fitting techniques to perform assigned shop projects.

Employment Preparation:
There will be a strong emphasis on employer expectations to better prepare participants for moving successfully into the workplace and retaining that employment once hired. Classes will focus on resume writing, interview skills and in particular, employer expectations.

These services will be provided by Conestoga Career Centre (CCC), Stratford Campus. The sessions will be group workshops with one-on-one as necessary.

Work Placement (8 weeks):
Paid work placements are the preferred option. A wage subsidy will serve as an added incentive for employers to take on a work placement. Participants will interview for a paid job placement within the local business community with employers receiving a wage subsidy to offset their work placement wages.

This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.