WELF 150 Welder-Fabricator Foundation

Welder-Fabricators cut, join, and shape metal and other materials, using heat and a range of tools. They are required on construction projects of all sizes to do anything from fixing machinery to building bridges. 
Students will learn how to use the equipment and tools safely, how to handle the tools these materials will be used on safely and correctly, how to interpret blueprints and structural steel drawings, and how to cut and weld together various types of materials using different types of welding mediums and equipment.


Hours: 960 (Lecture: 362; Shop/Teaching Kitchen: 598)




Non-Course Prerequisites:
Admission to program




Course Content:
Perform Safety Related Functions
- Use Communication Techniques
- Maintain Safe Work Environment
- Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Safety Equipment
- Practical Fire Prevention
Use Tools and Equipment
- Use Hand Tools and Equipment
- Use Measuring and Layout Tools
- Use Manufacturer and Supplier Documentation
- Use Portable Power Tools
- Use Stationary Machinery
- Use Access Equipment
Perform Routine Trades Activities
- Use Trade Math
- Handle Materials
- Perform Inspection
- Apply Principles of Metallurgy
- Control Distortion
Interpret Plans, Drawings and Specifications
- Interpret Blueprints
- Interpret Structural Steel Drawings
- Interpret Common Welding Symbols and Bolted Connections
Use Cutting and Gouging Processes
- Apply Cutting and Gouging Theory
- Set up Oxy-Fuel Cutting Equipment
- Perform Oxy-Fuel Cutting
- Perform Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Plasma Arc Cutting
Use Welding Processes
- Interpret Weld Procedure Specification (WPS) Sheets
- Apply Shielded Arc Metal (SMAW) Theory
- Select Electrodes for Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
- Perform Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
- Apply Semi-Automatic and Automatic Welding Theory
- Apply Knowledge of Filler Metals and Shielding Gases for Semi-Automatic and Automatic Processes
- Perform Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
- Perform Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
- Perform Metal Core Arc Welding (MCAW)
Form, Layout and Fabricate Components
- Perform Line Development
- Calculate Bending Allowances and Stretch Outs
- Fabricate Plate
- Construct Templates and Jigs
- Fabricate Structural Components


Learning Outcomes:
This course follows the prescribed ITA Provincial curriculum for Fabricator-Welder Foundation. This document can be requested from the Dean of Trades and Apprenticeships.


Grading System:  Percentage


Passing Grade:  70%


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.