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Occupation: Welding Inspector

Welding Inspectors perform visual and non-destructive testing of welded material.  In doing so, they must make sure the materials are safe and meet industry standards and codes.

Program: Welding Engineering Technician

Institution: College of the North Atlantic (Burin Campus)
Duration: Two years

Entrance Requirements:

High school graduation with:

  • English 3201 or 3202 (minimum 60%)
  • Mathematics:
    • Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course), or
    • Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
  • Science:
    • Biology 3201, Physics 3204, Chemistry 3202, or Earth Systems 3209
    • Any other science course in level 1, 2 or 3.

Program Description:

Students in the welding engineering technician diploma program complete the common engineering technology first year.  In the second year, students focus on theory and practical work associated with welding inspection and quality control.  Students who complete the program are eligible to write national certification exams in at least four specialty areas.


The program prepares students to write the following national exams required by the Government of Canada (Department of Natural Resources) Certification Body:

  • CSA W178.2 Welding Inspection Level 1
  • CSA W47.1 Welder/Welder Operator Qualification
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
    • Certified Exposure Device Operator
  • CAN/CGSB 48.9712
    • Radiography (RT) Level I
    • Ultrasonic Inspection (UT) Level I
    • Magnetic Particle Inspection (MT) Level II
    • Liquid Penetrant Inspection (PT) Level II