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  • Full Time
  • Cambridge
  • February 28, 2023
  • Hours: 40

Website Aecon Construction Group Ltd.

The Welding Development Student will play a key role in supporting the (P.Eng) Engineers in the Aecon Centre of Excellence (COE) department. This department is responsible for these 3 basic areas:

Developing, administering and maintaining the welding program at a corporate level
Support new and in process project activities
Performing R&D, proposal work and supporting the sales team

This Co-Op position is suitable for an Engineering student interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing and welding Engineering in an exciting field which supports Nuclear facility fabrication and construction. The candidate will get hands on exposure to the development and analysis of welds, welding equipment/automation, tooling, and developing production strategies and training efforts. There will also be a strong exposure to the ongoing production activities related to encountered issues and related problem solving.


Assist welding Engineers in developing, troubleshooting, designing, testing and training with various types of welding processes and pieces of equipment.
Assist with the Aecon Nuclear welding school activities and classes (theoretical and hands on)
Development, recording parameters and registration of welding procedures using SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, FCAW, SAW or other weld processes.
Developing or trouble shooting welding equipment
Writing technical reports related to development, troubleshooting and testing efforts.
The Weld Development Student shall expect to work in both an office and a shop environment. The split is anticipated to be about 60% office and 40% hands on shop work.


Currently enrolled in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering or Engineering Technology at a recognized University or College.
Familiar with welding principles is preferred. (Basics of arc welding, types of welding etc.)
Familiar with robotics or comparable semi-automated and mechanized machinery.
Able to create solid models using Solidworks, AutoCAD Inventor or related software.
Ability to map processes and write procedures.
Results oriented, takes ownership of tasks assigned.
Familiar with CANDU Reactor fundamentals is an asset.
Practices a strong safety culture.
Strong problem solving and trouble shooting skills.
Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Strong computer skills (typical MS suite programs).
Strong mechanical aptitude and understanding of basic machine design.
An interest in welding and an intent to take the welding specialization in 4th year Mechanical is an asset.


Customers, suppliers, JV Partners
Project Managers, project personnel
Trades personnel


Due to the nature of work conducted by Aecon, mandated nuclear export controls requirements must be met for employment.
Aecon’s background check process includes a full security check and clearance process as well as reference checks. The security clearance process includes a comprehensive list of previous residences, employment, education and other pertinent information.


The Aecon Centre of Excellence is essentially the “skunkworks” division of Aecon Nuclear. The intent is to be at the forefront of welding technology by investing in R&D and testing and developing new and exciting equipment. The COE is a core group of “problem solvers” who get to figure out how to do something, or to troubleshoot them if they are not working as expected.
This position has a wide variety of responsibilities and trouble shooting opportunities to keep you engaged, but also learn from industry experts in the process. A good split of hands on and desk work.
Weld Engineering is a field which most students don’t consider but it is a field that is underrepresented in industry, especially in the Nuclear field. It is a fantastic career path opportunity.
Exposure to a wide variety of welding equipment, automation/robotics, and new processes is an added bonus which is good experience for any future career related to mechanical engineering.
The COE holds training courses to external customers to teach the principles of welding in theory and hands on. The student will be able to help and participate in these classes and also be able to learn how to weld hands on.

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