Overview

Apply your attention to detail and excellent visualization skills to today’s machining and welding trades.

This pre-employment program offers you the opportunity to explore two trades. You will be trained in the safe handling of a wide variety of machinery and hone your craftsmanship in machining, welding and metals fabrication.

Once you graduate, you can start your career in industries such as farm machinery manufacturing, equipment manufacturing, custom manufacturing and repair, automotive manufacturing and rebuilding, mining, hydro, railways and aerospace. If you register as an apprentice within two years of completing the program, you may be granted in-school training credit for Level 1 Welder apprenticeship or Level 1 Machinist apprenticeship.

Get a solid grounding in theory before taking on the practical aspects of working on lathes, milling machines, drill presses, bandsaws and grinding machines. Learn and understand oxyacetylene, shielded metal, gas metal and gas tungsten arc welding and plasma cutting, as well as examining metal working and machine operation.

The full one-year certificate program includes both specializations. Or, focus on a single field of study: either the seven-month machining specialization or the four-month welding and fabrication specialization.

 

Admissions

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent

  • Consumer/Essential Mathematics 40G/40S, or equivalent with a minimum mark of 60%.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

Careers & Connections

Careers

Graduates find employment in industries such as equipment manufacturing, custom manufacturing and repair, farm machinery manufacturing, hydro, mining, automotive manufacturing and rebuilding, railways, and aerospace.

Connections

Students who successfully complete the accredited program with an accumulative average of 70% or better in the trade subjects and level for which the program was accredited, gain employment and register as an apprentice within two years of graduating, will receive credit for Level 1 in-school technical training and 900 hours in the Machinist apprenticeship program.

Students who successfully complete the accredited program with an accumulative average of 70% or better in the trade subjects and level for which the program was accredited, gain employment and register as an apprentice within two years of graduating, will receive credit for Level 1 in-school technical training and 800 hours in the Welder apprenticeship program.

 

Tools & Supplies

Our classrooms, labs and shops are equipped with the necessary equipment that you need to make the most of your experience. However, there are some tools and supplies that you will need to purchase for personal use to help you with your studies. Much of what you purchase you’ll be able to use after you graduate and begin your career. 

Students are advised not to purchase tools until the second week of school. The School of Trades holds a Tool Fair during this week where students meet with various suppliers and purchase tools at reduced costs. 

Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

Courses & Costs

To graduate with an Industrial Metals Fabrication – Machining Specialization certificate, students must successfully complete 51 academic credits and 3 practical credits.

To graduate with an Industrial Metals Fabrication – Welding and Fabrication Specialization certificate, students must successfully complete 36.75 academic credits and 3 practical credits.

To graduate with an Industrial Metals Fabrication certificate (both specializations), students must successfully complete 86.25 academic credits and 3 practical credits. Note that students need only complete one work practicum to graduate with both specializations.

The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $7,260 for full program, $4,230 for machining specialization and $3,520 for welding and fabrication specialization.

Estimated costs for books and supplies are $16,800 for full program and $1,100 for machining specialization and $1,030 for welding and fabrication specialization.

Please note, all costs are approximate and subject to change.

 

Courses (Full Program)
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Blueprint Reading - INMF (DRFT-0012)

In this course, students learn to interpret symbols and conventions as they relate to both isometric and orthographic projection blueprints in the machine shop environment.

3 credit(s) No No No
Blueprint Reading for Welders (DRFT-0013)

In this course, students learn to recognize all the different parts of a blueprint related to welding. Student learn about welding symbols and the interpretation of them. Students complete sketching in isometric and oblique views.

2.25 credit(s) No No No
CAD/CAM Operations (COMP-0060)

Prerequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, METL-0002 Engine Lathe Operations, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices, METL-0004 Metallurgy, METL-0003 Milling Machine Operations, DRFT-0012 Blueprint Reading - INMF
In this course, students learn the basics of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). They complete a variety of projects using CAD/CAM procedures in conjunction with the CNC lathe and milling machine. The course includes an introduction to AutoCAD.

6 credit(s) No No No
CNC Programming and Operation (COMP-0059)

Prerequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, METL-0002 Engine Lathe Operations, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices, METL-0004 Metallurgy, METL-0003 Milling Machine Operations, DRFT-0012 Blueprint Reading - INMF
This course introduces the fundamentals of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining. Students complete a variety of projects using industry standard G and M codes to program both CNC lathe and milling machine operations.

9 credit(s) No No No
Communications (COMM-0260)

This course includes instruction in techniques to improve both written and oral communication with prospective employers, co-workers and clients. Effective strategies for customer service are emphasized. It also serves to familiarize students with the regulations related to the workplace. As well, students receive an introduction to the use of computer software and hands-on experience with Windows operating system, Internet and email.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Drilling Machines and Saws (METL-0001)

Corequisites: METL-0004 Metallurgy, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices
In this course, students learn the various operations that can be performed on drilling machines and metal cutting saws.

3 credit(s) No No No
Engine Lathe Operations (METL-0002)

Prerequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, DRFT-0012 Blueprint Reading - INMF, METL-0004 Metallurgy, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices
Corequisite: METL-0003 Milling Machine Operations
This course introduces the principles and safety precautions required to perform operations such as straight turning, facing, drilling, internal and external threading, and taper turning. It also covers lubrication, maintenance and alignment.

15 credit(s) No No No
Hand and Power Tools (WELD-0034)

Prerequisite: WRKP-0032 Orientation and Safety
This course provides students with the knowledge to select the proper hand and power tool for the job. Safety for the hand and power tools used in the welding industry is highlighted in this course. This course consists of both theory and hands-on experience in the classroom and the shop, using a variety of hand and power tools that are common in the welding trade.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Machine Shop Practices (WRKP-0006)

Corequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, METL-0004 Metallurgy
This course provides instruction in machine shop safety, precision measurement and the use of hand tools.

3 credit(s) No No No
Math for Welders (MATH-0101)

Part of being a good welder is having good math skills. Students learn basic math skills including fractions and decimals, percentages and ratios, the Imperial and Metric systems, and geometric formulas. This course presents math skills the way welders use them.

3 credit(s) No No No
Metal Forming Machines (METL-0014)

Prerequisite: WELD-0050 Shielded Metal Arc Welding
The course deals with the safety precautions and principles of operating machines such as hydraulic shears, hydraulic brakes, ironworkers and power band saws. Students will learn the skills required for layout, saw, shear, punch, bend, drill, shape, form, fit and assemble metal components.

3 credit(s) No No No
Metallurgy (METL-0004)

Corequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices
This course covers basic properties of metals including manufacturing, heat treating, hardness testing, non-ferrous metals and alloys.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Milling Machine Operations (METL-0003)

Prerequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, DRFT-0012 Blueprint Reading - INMF, METL-0004 Metallurgy, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices
Corequisite: METL-0002 Engine Lathe Operations
This course introduces the principles and safety precautions required to perform operations such as vertical and horizontal milling using a variety of cutting tool materials.

9 credit(s) No No No
Orientation and Safety (WRKP-0032)

Corequisite: WELD-0051 Oxyacetylene Principles
This course focuses on shop safety, equipment safety and welding safety. Students learn about Apprenticeship and how it relates to the welding trade. Students gain knowledge in climbing, rigging and hoisting.

4.5 credit(s) No No No
Oxyacetylene Principles-INMF (WELD-0051)

Corequisite: WRKP-0032 Orientation and Safety
Classroom lectures and shop demonstrations emphasize personal and shop safety, proper handling and use of equipment, and theory and operation of equipment components. This course includes a period of demonstration and instruction in practical gas welding as well as brazing of mild steel. It also includes theory and demonstrations of oxyacetylene cutting of mild steel.

3 credit(s) No No No
Practicum - INMF (PRAC-0056)

Prerequisite: Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater
Students spend approximately one month on the job to obtain experience in an industrial environment. Credit is subject to approval of the work experience by a designated faculty member. The student must submit evidence that the work has been successfully completed.

3 credit(s) No No No
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (WELD-0050)

Pre-requisite: WELD-0051 Oxyacetylene Principles
This course focuses on basic shielded metal arc welding (SMAW-Arc) and consists of classroom instruction and shop demonstrations emphasizing personal and shop safety, proper handling and use of equipment, and theory and operation of equipment components. It includes demonstrations and instruction of flat, horizontal and vertical positions, as well as an explanation and demonstration of test procedures.

10.5 credit(s) No No No
Wire Feed Processes (WELD-0052)

Prerequisite: WELD-0050 Shielded Metal Arc Welding
This course focuses on basic gas metal arc welding (GMAW-MIG), flux core arc welding (FCAW) and metal core arc welding (MCAW). This course also consists of classroom instruction and shop demonstrations emphasizing personal and shop safety, proper handling and use of equipment, and theory and operation of equipment components. In addition, it introduces knowledge of the procedures used to deposit a weld bead using wire feed process equipment in various positions.

7.5 credit(s) No No No
Courses (Machining Specialization)
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Blueprint Reading - INMF (DRFT-0012)

In this course, students learn to interpret symbols and conventions as they relate to both isometric and orthographic projection blueprints in the machine shop environment.

3 credit(s) No No No
CAD/CAM Operations (COMP-0060)

Prerequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, METL-0002 Engine Lathe Operations, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices, METL-0004 Metallurgy, METL-0003 Milling Machine Operations, DRFT-0012 Blueprint Reading - INMF
In this course, students learn the basics of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). They complete a variety of projects using CAD/CAM procedures in conjunction with the CNC lathe and milling machine. The course includes an introduction to AutoCAD.

6 credit(s) No No No
CNC Programming and Operation (COMP-0059)

Prerequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, METL-0002 Engine Lathe Operations, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices, METL-0004 Metallurgy, METL-0003 Milling Machine Operations, DRFT-0012 Blueprint Reading - INMF
This course introduces the fundamentals of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining. Students complete a variety of projects using industry standard G and M codes to program both CNC lathe and milling machine operations.

9 credit(s) No No No
Communications (COMM-0260)

This course includes instruction in techniques to improve both written and oral communication with prospective employers, co-workers and clients. Effective strategies for customer service are emphasized. It also serves to familiarize students with the regulations related to the workplace. As well, students receive an introduction to the use of computer software and hands-on experience with Windows operating system, Internet and email.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Drilling Machines and Saws (METL-0001)

Corequisites: METL-0004 Metallurgy, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices
In this course, students learn the various operations that can be performed on drilling machines and metal cutting saws.

3 credit(s) No No No
Engine Lathe Operations (METL-0002)

Prerequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, DRFT-0012 Blueprint Reading - INMF, METL-0004 Metallurgy, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices
Corequisite: METL-0003 Milling Machine Operations
This course introduces the principles and safety precautions required to perform operations such as straight turning, facing, drilling, internal and external threading, and taper turning. It also covers lubrication, maintenance and alignment.

15 credit(s) No No No
Machine Shop Practices (WRKP-0006)

Corequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, METL-0004 Metallurgy
This course provides instruction in machine shop safety, precision measurement and the use of hand tools.

3 credit(s) No No No
Metallurgy (METL-0004)

Corequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices
This course covers basic properties of metals including manufacturing, heat treating, hardness testing, non-ferrous metals and alloys.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Milling Machine Operations (METL-0003)

Prerequisites: METL-0001 Drilling Machines and Saws, DRFT-0012 Blueprint Reading - INMF, METL-0004 Metallurgy, WRKP-0006 Machine Shop Practices
Corequisite: METL-0002 Engine Lathe Operations
This course introduces the principles and safety precautions required to perform operations such as vertical and horizontal milling using a variety of cutting tool materials.

9 credit(s) No No No
Practicum - INMF (PRAC-0056)

Prerequisite: Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater
Students spend approximately one month on the job to obtain experience in an industrial environment. Credit is subject to approval of the work experience by a designated faculty member. The student must submit evidence that the work has been successfully completed.

3 credit(s) No No No
Courses (Welding and Fabrication Specialization)
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Blueprint Reading for Welders (DRFT-0013)

In this course, students learn to recognize all the different parts of a blueprint related to welding. Student learn about welding symbols and the interpretation of them. Students complete sketching in isometric and oblique views.

2.25 credit(s) No No No
Communications (COMM-0260)

This course includes instruction in techniques to improve both written and oral communication with prospective employers, co-workers and clients. Effective strategies for customer service are emphasized. It also serves to familiarize students with the regulations related to the workplace. As well, students receive an introduction to the use of computer software and hands-on experience with Windows operating system, Internet and email.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Hand and Power Tools (WELD-0034)

Prerequisite: WRKP-0032 Orientation and Safety
This course provides students with the knowledge to select the proper hand and power tool for the job. Safety for the hand and power tools used in the welding industry is highlighted in this course. This course consists of both theory and hands-on experience in the classroom and the shop, using a variety of hand and power tools that are common in the welding trade.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Math for Welders (MATH-0101)

Part of being a good welder is having good math skills. Students learn basic math skills including fractions and decimals, percentages and ratios, the Imperial and Metric systems, and geometric formulas. This course presents math skills the way welders use them.

3 credit(s) No No No
Metal Forming Machines (METL-0014)

Prerequisite: WELD-0050 Shielded Metal Arc Welding
The course deals with the safety precautions and principles of operating machines such as hydraulic shears, hydraulic brakes, ironworkers and power band saws. Students will learn the skills required for layout, saw, shear, punch, bend, drill, shape, form, fit and assemble metal components.

3 credit(s) No No No
Orientation and Safety (WRKP-0032)

Corequisite: WELD-0051 Oxyacetylene Principles
This course focuses on shop safety, equipment safety and welding safety. Students learn about Apprenticeship and how it relates to the welding trade. Students gain knowledge in climbing, rigging and hoisting.

4.5 credit(s) No No No
Oxyacetylene Principles-INMF (WELD-0051)

Corequisite: WRKP-0032 Orientation and Safety
Classroom lectures and shop demonstrations emphasize personal and shop safety, proper handling and use of equipment, and theory and operation of equipment components. This course includes a period of demonstration and instruction in practical gas welding as well as brazing of mild steel. It also includes theory and demonstrations of oxyacetylene cutting of mild steel.

3 credit(s) No No No
Practicum - INMF (PRAC-0056)

Prerequisite: Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater
Students spend approximately one month on the job to obtain experience in an industrial environment. Credit is subject to approval of the work experience by a designated faculty member. The student must submit evidence that the work has been successfully completed.

3 credit(s) No No No
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (WELD-0050)

Pre-requisite: WELD-0051 Oxyacetylene Principles
This course focuses on basic shielded metal arc welding (SMAW-Arc) and consists of classroom instruction and shop demonstrations emphasizing personal and shop safety, proper handling and use of equipment, and theory and operation of equipment components. It includes demonstrations and instruction of flat, horizontal and vertical positions, as well as an explanation and demonstration of test procedures.

10.5 credit(s) No No No
Wire Feed Processes (WELD-0052)

Prerequisite: WELD-0050 Shielded Metal Arc Welding
This course focuses on basic gas metal arc welding (GMAW-MIG), flux core arc welding (FCAW) and metal core arc welding (MCAW). This course also consists of classroom instruction and shop demonstrations emphasizing personal and shop safety, proper handling and use of equipment, and theory and operation of equipment components. In addition, it introduces knowledge of the procedures used to deposit a weld bead using wire feed process equipment in various positions.

7.5 credit(s) No No No

Specializations

The Machining specialization includes courses in both the theory and practical aspects of work performed on lathes, milling machines, drill presses, bandsaws and grinding machines, as well as courses in computers and communications. The advanced machining component includes courses related to advanced applications such as the programming and operation of computer numerically controlled machines, computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), as well as courses in blueprint reading and metallurgy. This specialization concludes with a work practicum.

The Welding and Fabrication specialization includes courses related to the theory and practical aspects of oxyacetylene, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW - Arc), gas metal arc welding (GMAW-Mig), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW-Tig) and plasma cutting. The metal fabrication component includes courses related to the theory and practical aspects of metalworking and machine operation, as well as the use of shears, brakes, ironworkers and metal forming equipment. This specialization concludes with a work practicum.

Fast Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next program information session?

Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming. 

To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.