Welding Classes in Oshawa

According to industry statistics, well over 15% of Canada’s work force is heading in the direction of retirement. This is creating a labor shortage in the skilled trades that some are describing as “serious”. The Institute of Technical Trades offers welding classes in Oshawa, and trains welders to fill the skilled trades gap. ITT trains up-and-coming welders for their new career, as well as experienced welders to upgrade and enhance their skills. The school provides welding training that encompasses the most common welding processes, in addition to blueprint theory and blueprint reading.

Welding classes in Oshawa comprise 15 different welding practices and processes. The training program is hands-on, with comprehensive instruction from qualified staff that has many years of trade experience. Certified licenses are in-built to the welding program, with additional certified licensing available through the CWB and TSSA. At the Institute of Technical Trades, vocational programs range from training that’s suitable for entry-level positions, to training that provides skills upgrading, to advanced training that sets the stage for long-term careers in the welding industry.

At ITT, safety is always a priority. Students learn the primary importance of safely operating welding equipment and tools, while minimizing risks in an operating shop environment. ITT also serves as a Test Centre for the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). More importantly, the Institute of Technical Trades is not just a leading edge training facility – ITT is about commitment – with a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to providing top-quality education, guidance, and support to every enrolled student.

Welding classes in Oshawa offer flexibility in training – there are training options for new students, as well as in-depth continuing education courses for the more experienced trade professionals. The objective at ITT is straightforward: to provide students with the most up-to-date technology and leading edge training. And after nearly four decades, our technical trade program is one of Canada’s most established and respected welding schools. This success is based on our continuous efforts to incorporate student needs into the curriculum. It’s a formula for future career success.

The Institute of Technical Trades is a respected quality-driven, technology-training center. For those students enrolled in our welding classes in Oshawa, the fundamentals of the program are rooted in a committed corporate philosophy.

  • to identify student needs and to provide a program that meets those needs
  • to inspire realistic career goals and to support the achievement of the goals
  • to encourage every student to be a ground-breaker in the welding industry
  • to ensure that the ITT team provides the support that every student needs
  • to help turn a student’s dreams into realistic career potential for the future

Welding Classes in Oshawa – Basic Course Descriptions

Welding Master

  • for experienced welders who are looking to upgrade
  • includes 4 CWB Position Tests or 1 TSSA License Test
  • Electric Arc (SMAW) – total of 160 hours of training

Welding Master – Option A

  • course completion in 7 weeks – 160 hours of training
  • includes 2 CWB Position Tests or 1 TSSA License Test
  • oxy-acetylene, MIG welding, basic blueprint reading
  • choice of electric arc pressure or structural welding

Welding Master – Option B

  • Certificate Program – 16 Weeks – 380 hours of training
  • includes either 2 TSSA tests or 4 CWB Electric Arc Tests
  • welding theory, oxy-acetylene, basic blueprint reading
  • choice of electric arc pressure or structural welding
  • MIG welding or TIG pressure welding (exploratory)
  • guidance and coaching for career planning/job search

Welding Techniques

This is a Certificate Program, ideal for those students who want to pursue advanced welding skills, production welding and general upgrading. These welding classes include 4 CWB Position License Tests or 2 TSSA License Tests.

  • Oxy-Acetylene Fuel – 8 hours
  • Electric Arc (SMAW) – 184 hours
  • MIG – Mild Steel (GMAW) – 10 hours
  • TIG – Mild Steel (GTAW) – 10 hours
  • Elective course in MIG or TIG – 80 hours
  • Basic Blueprint Reading – 40 hours
  • General Welding Theory – 40 hours
  • Career Planning/Job Search – 8 hours

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Welder Fitter

This Diploma Program is designed for those with long-term career plans in structural welding or pipe welding. Here, welding classes include all position CWB License Testing in Electric Arc plus 1 CWB License in MIG or 3 TSSA License Tests (consisting of 1 in each welding process).

  • Oxy-Acetylene Fuel – 35 hours
  • Electric Arc (SMAW) – 250 hours
  • MIG – Mild Steel (GMAW) – 40 hours
  • TIG – Mild Steel (GTAW) – 60 hours
  • Basic Blueprint Reading – 40 hours
  • Blueprint Reading for Welders – 80 hours
  • Welding Theory – 30 hours
  • Career Planning/Job Search – 8 hours

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Welding Technology

For those who have long term career plans in welding, and who want to specialize with further advanced training, this program will accelerate job advancement, and will set the stage for a better paying job. These classes include 5 TSSA License Tests or 3 TSSA License Tests plus all position CWB License Testing in Electric Arc

  • Oxy-Acetylene Fuel – 35 hours
  • Electric Arc (SMAW) – 250 hours
  • MIG – Mild Steel (GMAW) – 40 hours
  • TIG – Mild Steel (GTAW) – 60 hours
  • Elective Specialty
  • 200 hours MIG Aluminum and Flux-Core or…
  • TIG Aluminum and Stainless Steel or…
  • Electric Arc CWB
  • Basic Blueprint Reading – 40 hours
  • Blueprint Reading for Welders – 80 hours
  • General Welding Theory – 30 hours
  • Specialty Welding Theory and L.P.I. System of Inspection – 40 hours
  • Career Planning/Job Search – 8 hours

Testing Centre – Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB)

In Canada, the Canadian Welding Bureau licenses all structural welders. CWB testing is made available at the Institute of Technical Trades every two weeks, pending an advanced booking. Welders who are renewing their existing licenses are required to bring expiring or expired license to be validated.

During testing, each position and each process is a separate test. Welders who are being tested must successfully pass flat, horizontal and vertical before the over-head test is valid. The final test results are valid for a two-year period. ITT provides testing for the following processes:

  • Electric Arc Mild Steel Welding (SMAW)
  • Electric Arc Stainless Welding (SMAW)
  • MIG Welding (GMAW)
  • Flux-core Welding (FCAW)

Testing Center – Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSAA)

The Institute of Technical Trades is a recognized Technical Standards and Safety Authority Testing Center. Certified testing is available at ITT during the week (Monday to Friday) with advanced booking for the following processes:

  • Electric Arc Mild Steel Welding (SMAW) – plate or pipe (2″, 4″, 6″)
  • Electric Arc Stainless Welding (SMAW) – plate or pipe (2″, 4″, 6″)
  • Electric Arc Aluminum Welding (SMAW) – plate
  • MIG Mild Steel Welding (GMAW) – plate
  • MIG Aluminum (GMAW) – plate
  • TIG Mild Steel Welding (GTAW) – plate or pipe (2″, 4″, 6″)
  • TIG Stainless Welding (GTAW) – plate or pipe (2″, 4″, 6″)
  • TIG Aluminum Welding (GTAW) – plate
  • TIG Mild Steel Welding (GTAW/SMAW) – plate or pipe (2″, 4″, 6″)
  • Flux-core Mild Steel Welding (FCAW) – plate
  • Alberta B Pressure Welding (SMAW) – 6″ pipe 2G 5G