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Fabricator - Welder

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Fabricator - Welder

Program Overview

Metal fabricator-welders are in high demand—in the oil patch, mining, manufacturing and construction. It’s a trade that requires a high level of skill and a comprehensive knowledge of industrial welding and joining processes. The payoff is high wages and good career mobility.

It's a great way to jump into the workforce … in either the welding or steel fabrication trade.

Fabricator–Welder is a one-year, dual certificate program offered at Saskatoon campus. You’ll learn from experienced instructors how to interpret drawings and use different welding processes and metal forming machinery. Working in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped shops, you’ll be trained in:

  • benchwork and trade safety
  • communications, trade math and print reading
  • layout, template development and fitting
  • gas metal arc and gas tungsten arc welding
  • oxy-fuel processes and plasma arc cutting
  • rigging and electric overhead crane operation
  • shielded metal arc welding
  • shop management

You’ll also fabricate several projects, complete your Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) welder qualification tests and participate in a one-week work experience.

2 Apprenticeship Paths

Use your Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificate to get advanced standing as an apprentice in the steel fabricator or welder trades. You’ll need to get a job in the trade and register as an apprentice. Get more information on the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) website.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

As a graduate of the Fabricator-Welder program, you can work in the custom fabrication, construction, mass production, maintenance, petroleum, mining, forestry and railway industries. You can work in either welding or steel fabrication. Steel fabricators work in steel fabrication plants and heavy machinery manufacturing companies.

Welders work for companies that manufacture structural steel plate work, boilers, heavy machinery and other metal products, and for welding contractors and welding shops. Once you gain experience and skills, you can also contract yourself out or start your own business.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 34 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 20*
    • Effective for the fall 2016 intake: Grade 12 with Foundations of Math 20 or Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 20 or Pre-Calculus 20*
  • English Language Requirement

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted

  • Math 20

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 70 Arithmetic
  • 65 Reading

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$7,000

International Students

Year 1 (34 weeks) - $15,900 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
BESK 101
Benchwork
3
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You will use hand and power tools to shape and finish metals.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 127
Industry Communications
2
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You will practice fundamental employability skills related to oral and written communications. You will also practice employability skills related to working effectively with others. You will learn personal employability skills and the effect of attitudes and behaviours on successful job search.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127A, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Work Based Delivery
EQPT 116
Layout and Template Development
3
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You will develop skills in layout and template development. You will learn how to use geometric construction to layout two-dimensional figures.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
EQPT 117
Layout and Fitting
2
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You will apply your layout, fitting and tacking skills in shop projects.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
EQPT 118
Metal Working Equipment
4
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You will use metal working and fabrication equipment to cut, bend and form metal.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
JOBS 101
Shop Management
2
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You will study quality assurance, lean manufacturing and job planning in this introductory course. This will allow you to fully contribute to today’s competitive industry.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
MATH 136
Trade Mathematics
3
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You will study basic mathematical concepts including whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, ratio proportion, squares and roots. You will also study the International System of Units in calculations such as finding length, capacity, mass, area and volume.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
METL 107
Metallurgy and Material Designations
3
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You will learn to describe steel grades and how to identify and describe structural steel, plate, grating, pipe, tube and industrial fasteners.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
PRNT 104
Print Reading
6
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You will learn basic drawing skills and how to interpret a variety of drawings. Drawing interpretation is an essential skill because it is the language of the fabrication industry.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 85.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PROJ 106
Fabrication Projects
6
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You will fabricate several projects varying in complexity and material requirements.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 95.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lab/Practical
RIGG 105
Rigging and Electric Overhead Crane Operation
3
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You will study the types, operation and control of cranes, Occupational Health and Safety aspects, load estimation, and site evaluation. You will study the capacity of cranes, as well as rigging, signalling and maintaining the crane and log books.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SFTY 133
Trade Safety
4
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You will study safety process, regulations and legislation. In order to develop safe work practices you will study safety concerns on an ongoing basis throughout the program and be evaluated accordingly.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 53.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
WLDR 142
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Theory)
1
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You will develop the knowledge required to select, setup, operate and maintain shielded metal arc welding equipment.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
WLDR 143
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Shop)
8
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You will develop skill in welding light gauge steel in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions. Fillet welds on heavier material will be practiced in the horizontal, vertical and overhead positions.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lab/Practical
WLDR 144
Oxy-Fuel Processes (Theory)
1
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You will develop the knowledge required to select, set up, operate and maintain oxy-fuel welding (OFW) and cutting equipment.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
WLDR 145
Oxy-Fuel Processes (Shop)
2
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You will learn to set up and use oxy-fuel equipment to weld, braze and solder.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lab/Practical
WLDR 146
Oxy-Fuel and Plasma Arc Cutting
2
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Using manual and motorized equipment, you will perform oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting systems in a variety of applications.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
WLDR 147
Gas Metal Arc Welding (Theory)
1
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The gas metal arc welding process utilizes complex equipment and accessories. You will develop and apply a working knowledge of this apparatus. You will also be introduced to metal-cored arc welding and flux-cored arc welding.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
WLDR 148
Gas Metal Arc Welding (Shop)
8
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You will focus on skill development in using the gas metal arc welding process in a variety of materials, joints, and weld positions. You will also study the operation of metal-cored arc welding (MCAW) and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW).
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lab/Practical
WLDR 149
Canadian Welding Bureau Welder Qualification
2
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You will complete the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) welder qualification tests using the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) process or the flat groove-fillet (1GF) test.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
WLDR 150
Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
1
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You will develop skill in using the gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process on light gauge steel and aluminum material.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
WORK 119
Work Experience
0
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Industrial placements provide the learner with on-the-job training and access to potential employment. You will spend one week in industry as a requirement of the program.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


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Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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