WELDF-CT Welding

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Overview

  • Seven-month certificate
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg - August and November entry dates
  • Peguis-Fisher Campus, Peguis - April entry date
  • Work placement
  • Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded. 
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions.

Description
This program develops the skills and knowledge you need to safely and effectively perform the oxyacetylene, arc, tungsten inert gas (TIG), and metal inert gas (MIG) welding processes and related operations.

You will spend the majority of class time on practical shop work, with your remaining time spent on instruction in welding, mathematics, science, industrial communications, and blueprint reading.

Theory tests in each welding component and grading of practical work assignments to government and industry standards.

Upon graduation you will receive a certificate from Red River College.

Students will be tested for Canadian Welding Bureau certification in SMAW and GMAW for an additional fee, and on passing will receive a student ticket from Canadian Welding Bureau.

Prior to starting the program, you will be invited to participate in a math and reading skills diagnostic testing session that will advise you of your program readiness.

This is a not an apprenticeship program, but may provide credit transfer opportunities towards apprenticeship. The Government of Manitoba, Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade offers apprenticeship training that combines on-the-job practical skills development with levels of technical training. If you are interested in applying to an apprenticeship program, please visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/apprenticeship.

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLYING (unless otherwise noted below).

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
      • Grade 10 Science
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
        or
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
        or
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Academic Requirement
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in:
      • One credit in each of the following:
        • Grade 11 English
        • Grade 10 Applied Math 20S, Pre-Calculus Math 20S, or Grade 11 Consumer Math 30S
        • Grade 10 Science
          or
      • RRC's Academic Foundations program
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
      and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
8786
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
60506050
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada))
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
8786
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
4.54.04.53.0
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.56.06.55.5
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
20181918

Who Should Enrol?

You should be in good physical health with good eyesight for depth perception and colour recognition. You will need steady nerves and hands, good concentration and patience, mechanical aptitude, and manual dexterity. 

You should have no respiratory difficulties, and no physical handicaps that would prevent you from lifting 50 pounds on a regular basis and 100 pounds occasionally. Since work is often outdoors, you should be prepared to face some unpleasant weather conditions.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 31, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$4,917.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$450.00
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
$16,656.00

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Program Outline

Oxyacetylene welding and cutting is the first welding component studied. This is followed by the arc welding component. The last eight weeks are divided among metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding components and specialty welding applications. MIG is used in shipbuilding and machinery, and TIG is used in the pipeline and brewery industries and in the demanding area of aircraft maintenance.

You will perform calculations, interpret blueprints and sketches, layout work, cut to layouts, assemble and weld in all positions as required in the completion of work assignments. The identification, application, care, and use of welding equipment, hand and power tools, layout tools, and general shop equipment will be demonstrated continuously. Safety to self and equipment will be stressed.

Regular and prompt attendance, interest, and proper work habits are essential to your success. Theory tests in each welding component and grading of practical work assignments to government and industrial standards will constitute approximately 80 percent of the program grading. A final comprehensive theory examination will account for the remaining 20 percent.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-1104Communications
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This course provides you with the opportunity to develop and practice the communication skills necessary for a successful job search. The course focuses on the following areas of study: writing letters of application, preparing resumes, completing employment application forms, and performing well in a job interview.

MANU-1008Blueprint Reading
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In this course students will be provided with an understanding of trade-related print reading skills and will learn to recognize material specifications, different material gauges, and correctly calculate and interpret information from shop and working drawings. Object representation, conventional welding symbols, and nomenclature relating to interpreting shop drawings and specifications in welding will be covered. Students will learn how to create bills of materials from drawings to begin fabrication operations, in addition to learning how to best represent an object through free-hand sketching.

MANU-1014Specialty Welding Applications - Theory
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This course will equip students with basic theoretical knowledge of the numerous applications, uses, and different types of cutting and welding, e.g., air arc cutting and gouging, plasma cutting, laser cutting and welding, electron beam welding, oxy-fuel cutting (radiograph), and submerged arc welding. Additionally, students will gain information and knowledge on various welding codes and welder certifications.

MANU-1070Specialty Welding Applications - Practical
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Through practical exercises, this 'hands-on' course will provide students with fundamental experience in different types of welding and related applications, e.g., air carbon-arc cutting and gouging, plasma cutting, oxy-fuel cutting (radiograph), and spot welding.

MANU-1440Employability Skills
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Students will be assessed throughout the program on the following aspects of employability skills: 1) Safety - procedures and policies must be adhered to, 2) Care and caution - tools and equipment must be handled with care and caution, 3) Clean-up - each student must participate in clean-up according to procedures prior to the end of class, 4) Following Instructions - each student must demonstrate active listening, accurate comprehension of instructions, and ability to follow instructions as given, 5) Attendance - students are required to attend classes every day and marks will be lost for poor attendance, leaving early, coming in late (including coffee breaks) and skipping classes, 6) Personal and time management -students are expected to use class time efficiently and are expected to demonstrate proper work ethics, 7) Work without constant supervision - once basic instructions for tasks have been given, students are expected to work independently or in a team setting as much as possible, asking questions for clarification purposes, 8) Teamwork - students must demonstrate the ability to work in a group, sharing tools as required. Two early warning interviews will be held with each student three weeks into the course and a mid-term. A final interview will be held with each student prior to work experience.

MANU-1848Oxy-Fuel Welding - Theory
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This course will introduce and equip students with basic theoretical knowledge of gas welding from equipment set-up and handling, purging gas lines and lighting the torch through to basic welding and shutdown. The theory behind the use of oxy-fuel gases used in welding will be examined. In addition to learning the proper procedures and safe practices for gas welding, including identifying metals, selecting the correct filler metal for the task, and the effects of heat on metal, students will identify and study different oxy-acetylene flame characteristics and their effect on the weld.

SAFE-1028WHMIS
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The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.

SEMR-9108Comprehensive Theory Test
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Students will complete a comprehensive theory test that covers the entire course content, both theory and practical, in the Welding program.

SEMR-9209General Safety Training
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This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

SEMR-9480AC-129 Accreditation Level 1
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When a student successfully completes the Welding Pre-Employment program and meets the requirements outlined by Apprenticeship Manitoba, they can apply to receive credit towards the Level 1 Welding Apprenticeship. More information about this process can be received from instructors and Apprenticeship Manitoba.

WELD-1001Hand & Power Tools
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This course will introduce students to the correct use, maintenance, and safe operation of hand tools, fasteners, and power metal working equipment used in welding. They will be instructed on how and where each tool should be used, and these procedures will then be reinforced by laying out and fabricating various projects. The course includes based machine shop and project work.

WELD-1012Basic Metal Fabrication & Capstone Project
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This course will introduce students to basic metal fabrication procedures. They will perform lay-out applications, and set up and operate appropriate equipment and tools to fabricate and assemble a series of projects.  These projects are designed to allow students to practice safety and work independently while integrating theoretical knowledge with practical skills.

WELD-1021Gas Metal Arc Welding - Practical
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This 'hands-on' course will provide students with direct experience in GMAW (MIG or semi-automatic). Students will learn how to weld (tee, lap, corner and butt, joints) in flat, horizontal, and vertical (up/down) positions using different filler wires, (e.g., 0.025" solid filler wire, 0.035" solid filler wire, 0.045" metal core, 0.045" flux core, 0.035" aluminum filler wire) on various metals (e.g., 14 Ga to 3/8" mild steel plate and 10 Ga aluminum).

WELD-1022Gas Metal Arc Welding - Theory
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This course will introduce and equip students with basic theoretical knowledge of GMAW (MIG or semi-automatic). Students will learn different machine types and related equipment, the gases used in GMAW, how to identify filler wires, and various transfer methods. They will also learn how GMAW is applied to different metals.

WELD-1023Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - Practical
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This 'hands-on' course will provide students with direct experience using the GTAW (TIG) process. Students will learn how to weld (tee, lap, corner and butt joints) in flat and horizontal positions with applicable filler rod on mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.

WELD-1024Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - Theory
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This course will introduce and equip students with basic theoretical knowledge of GTAW (TIG). Students will learn different machine types and related equipment, the gases used in GTAW, how to identify filler rods. They will also learn how GTAW is applied to different metals.

WELD-1032Oxy-Fuel Welding - Practical
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This 'hands-on' course will introduce and equip students with basic knowledge of gas welding, from setting up equipment, purging gas lines, and lighting the torch through to basic welding techniques and shutdown procedures. Students will learn the proper procedures and safe practices for gas welding and will transfer that knowledge to direct application in welding exercises. They will perform fusion welding and braze welding in flat position using low carbon steel materials, perform soft soldering, oxy-fuel cutting, and become familiar with hard surfacing, hardening, tempering and annealing techniques.

WELD-1041Safety in Welding & Cutting
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This course equips students with safety theory in performing welding and cutting operations. They will study the appropriate selection, use, and care of personal safety equipment, and proper procedures and safe practices to follow during welding. In particular, students will learn of the potential hazards associated with welding including welding fumes and toxins generated from metals, electrodes and fluxes, arc burn and eye flash, and how to prevent them. As well, they will learn about working in confined spaces and about rigging and hoisting procedures (set-up, use, dismantling and maintenance).

WELD-1042Shielded Metal Arc Welding & CWB - Practical
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This 'hands-on' course will introduce and equip students with basic experience in arc welding. Students will weld joints (tee, lap, corner and butt) and V-groove joints in all positions using various electrodes (e.g. E6010, E6011, E6013, E7018, E7024), and will learn the proper procedures and safe practices for arc welding. They will transfer that knowledge to direct application through a series of welding exercises. Students will also perform CWB in all positions.

WELD-1043Shielded Metal Arc Welding & CWB- Theory
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This course will introduce and equip students with basic knowledge on the theory of arc welding, from electrode identification and use, polarity, and electricity, through to arc welding equipment and terms, as well as electrode manipulation and use. Students will learn the proper procedures and safe practices for arc welding.

WELD-1050Welding Math
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This course reviews the four mathematical operations in concepts such as whole numbers, fractions, and decimals with and without a calculator. Students will apply principles of conversions using metric and imperial measurements, principles of precision and tolerances, and principles of averages, percent, ratio and proportion. As well, students will learn how to manipulate formulae to compute perimeter, area, and volume. Finally, students will perform simple angle and trigonometric calculations.

WELD-1052Welding Science
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This course introduces students to basic concepts in welding science. They will learn about mining and types of iron ore, metals and alloys, types of steel, heat treatment methods and critical temperatures, expansion rates, plus the effects of welding on steel. As well, students will be introduced to stainless steel and aluminum. Students will synthesize the knowledge gained in this course when applying science principles in the shop.

WRKE-1033Industry Work Experience
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This course will provide "hands-on" welding work experience in an industry environment and equip them with the requisite experience, knowledge and appreciation of the elements that factor into being a responsible worker.  Students will be assigned to an industrial welding workshop.  Each student will observe and participate in work practices under the direction of shop supervision.  A report on the student's attendance, work ability, general attitude and employment potential will be provided by the workplace supervisor upon completion of the assignment.  The student will receive credit for this work experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe workplace practices by identifying potential hazards by:
    • Describing WHMIS and reading Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
    • Identifying personal protective gear for task
    • Describing and identifying crane hand signals
    • Practicing safe material handling by using rigging and hoisting equipment properly and safely
    • Performing safe and efficient confined space entries in the workplace
  • Fabricate and assemble a given project according to specifications and specified tolerances using trade-related equipment by:
    • Describing safety precautions when using trade-related hand and power tools and equipment
    • Selecting appropriate trade-related equipment for the job
    • Safely operating trade-related equipment to complete specified welding processes efficiently and correctly
    • Employing math concepts to measure thickness and layout materials to complete task
  • Read and work with a variety of shop drawings by:
    • Producing drawings using freehand sketching techniques
    • Following shop drawings to complete welding jobs
    • Describing and identifying conventional weld symbols
    • Recognizing and interpreting weld symbols
    • Creating bills of materials
  • Perform oxyacetylene welding and cutting operations following safe work practices by:
    • Practicing personal and shop safety
    • Performing set-up, adjustment of flame and gas pressure,  and shut-down procedures for oxyacetylene welding and cutting equipment
    • Performing math applications and applying knowledge of science of physical materials to complete task
    • Operating gas welding and cutting equipment to produce part to specifications
    • Manipulating torch at proper angle according to the four basic joints in flat position
  • Perform Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) on tee, lap, corner, and butt joints to trade specifications in the flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions by:
    • Following shop safety, personal protective equipment requirements for the task, and arc welding safety practices
    • Identifying and selecting the appropriate electrode, polarity, amperage setting, and electrode manipulation for a specific application
    • Setting up and shutting down SMAW equipment
    • Safely completing welding operations to specifications and within specified tolerances
  • Perform Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) on tee, lap, corner, and butt joints in flat and horizontal positions with applicable filler rod on mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum by:
    • Employing safe work practices
    • Safely set up and shut down GTAW machines
    • Selecting appropriate filler rod, polarity, frequency, tungsten, gas and gas flow for different types of materials
    • Demonstrating proper work and travel angle, arc length, and stickout (electrode extension)
    • Safely operating GTAW machines to complete welding operations according to specified weld criteria
  • Perform Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) on tee, lap, corner, and butt joints in flat, horizontal, and vertical (up and down) positions using various filler wires on mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum by:
    • Describing and employing safe work practices
    • Practicing safe set-up and shut-down techniques
    • Selecting correct gases, voltage, filler wire size and wire feed speed
    • Demonstrating proper work and travel angle, travel speed and stickout for welding with and without pulse GMAW machine
    • Operating GMAW machines safely to weld to specifications and within specified tolerances
    • Maintaining equipment as needed
  • Fabricate and assemble various metal components using various hand and power tools by:
    • Following safe work procedures and practice
    • Maintaining a clean work site
    • Selecting appropriate materials
    • Implementing layout procedures and cutting pieces to size and/or shape
    • Selecting appropriate facility and equipment to assemble project
    • Assembling project to specifications
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors and clients while displaying good problem-solving abilities, behaviors and attitudes by:
    • Working independently and demonstrating shop etiquette
    • Managing information and time effectively
    • Maintaining good attendance, punctuality, good work ethics, and responsibilities
    • Demonstrating self-initiated learning

Transfer Credit Opportunities

After working four and a half years or 7200 hours in industry as a welder, you can challenge the Industrial Welder Interprovincial examination through Apprenticeship Manitoba. Upon completion you will receive an interprovincial (Red Seal) certificate.

You can also challenge the High-Pressure Welder's examination if you have 5000 hours of documented manual arc welding certificates (tickets) which entitle you to perform those tasks for which the tickets are issued; however, tickets must be renewed annually.

Upon graduation from the Welding program you will receive a student CWB (Canadian Welding Bureau) welding ticket. If you are employed with a CWB certified shop, you will receive a full ticket within three months. CWB tickets must be renewed every two years.

For more information about the apprenticeship program, contact:

Apprenticeship Manitoba
Manitoba Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade
1010 - 401 York Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0P8
Phone 204-945-3337
Fax 204-948-2346
Toll-Free: 1-877-978-7233 (1-877-97-TRADE)
Email: apprenticeship@gov.mb.ca
https://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/apprenticeship/

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Other Information

Workers Compensation Board regulations stipulate that steel-toed footwear must be worn in industrial workplaces. You are required to provide and wear appropriate safety footwear in welding and machine shops, both in the College and during industry work placements.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Employment Potential

Some graduates have found employment in aircraft maintenance, farm equipment manufacturing, heavy-equipment repairs, and highway construction. Other graduates are employed in northern mines and hydroelectric power plants.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

or

Peguis-Fisher River Campus
Box 304
Selkirk, MB R1A 1T0
Toll-free: 1-866-946-3241
Phone: 204-785-5328
Fax: 204-482-7082
E-mail: interlake@rrc.ca


How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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