You May Be Interested If:
You have an interest in a career as a machinist or a welder. This program will allow you to explore both fields while earning dual credits, and will help you take your first step toward a career as a professional tradesperson. With our well-equipped shops and labs and qualified trades faculty, there's no better place to start than Sheridan.
What Students Are Saying About This Program
“I chose to take the dual credit program because I believed it would give me valuable hands on experience for the real life work place. And to also get myself started off with some college credits. It was a great experience.”
“I took this course for more experience. I liked how we got lots of hands-on experience in lab. Doing dual credit made me see that college is fun and is worth going. Dual credit helped me pick what I really wanted to do as a job. “
What Will I Learn/Do?
You’ll be taking three courses: one that will teach you the welding and cutting processes, one that will allow you to develop and practice skills for the workplace in Sheridan’s well-designed and equipped shop setting, and one course that will teach you how to stay safe on the job.
Precision Machining 1A
Students learn to use machine shop/tool room equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Machine tool operations on lathes and milling machines are practiced. Precision measuring and checking techniques are used throughout the course. Fitting and assembly projects are completed using hand tools and bench tools, pedestal grinders, drill presses and saws etc.
Welding & Cutting Processes
Students explore the principles and fundamental processes of oxy-fuel welding and cutting. Emphasis is placed on the safe setup and operation of oxy-fuel welding and cutting equipment. Students practice with oxy-fuel cutting/welding equipment in a lab setting. Students participate in demonstrations, lab-based activities, interactive lectures and discussions.
Manufacturing Trade Safety
Students learn how to work safely in a potentially dangerous environment. Specifically they learn how to identify hazardous conditions and how to prevent work place accidents. Personal, work place and welding machinery/equipment safety are emphasized throughout the course. Students learn how to research safety related issues (i.e.: legislation and regulations) using the internet. Students participate in interactive lectures, discussions, demonstrations and role plays.
Pathways to Full Time Sheridan Programs:
This dual credit program is ideal if you’re not quite sure of your direction, and want to explore your options while still earning credits in high school. You’ll have the chance to get a head start on the full time one year Mechanical Techniques program or the full time one year Welding Techniques program, which both offer an Ontario College Certificate. If you apply and are offered admission to either of these full time programs, you can apply to have the relevant dual credit courses counted towards your program.
Further Academic/Career Pathways:
Sheridan is recognized for excellence in skilled trades instruction. Our graduates have an outstanding track record, and employers seek them out for apprenticeships. The one-year Mechanical Techniques certificate program is the gateway to a full apprenticeship or employment in precision metal machining occupations, and is also a transfer pathway to the more advanced Mechanical Technician–Tool Making Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program, if successfully completed. You may also choose to continue your education in related Technician and Technology diploma programs at Sheridan. Graduates of the Welding Techniques program are sought by employers for welding apprenticeships as welders, boilermakers, pipefitters, steamfitters, millwrights, sheet-metal workers or in a related trade, or you can go directly into entry-level employment as a welder, fitter welder, service technician or inspector. After earning your Ontario College Certificate in welding, you’ll be eligible to take up to three certification tests through the Canadian Welding Bureau.