Metal Fabricator Foundation - Certificate
Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. They learn theoretical principals of the trade in the classroom and then apply their knowledge in the shop, where they master the skills employed in the fabrication of steel structures, vessels, containers and equipment.
Students earn Level 1 technical training credit toward the metal fabricator apprenticeship. Additionally, graduates of the program receive credit for 450 work-based hours of the practical on-the-job component of the metal fabricator apprenticeship.
Graduates of the Metal Fabricator Foundation Program may find employment as apprentice metal fabricators engaged in the fabrication of buildings, bridges, ships, boilers, vessels, containers and heavy equipment.
Selkirk College offers Metal Fabricator (Fitter) technical foundation training in cooperation with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The Foundation Program consists of Level 1 technical training in addition to practical and essential skills related to the Metal Fabricator (Fitter) apprentice program.
- Reading drawings and blueprints
- Materials burning and welding
- Plate and structural pattern development, section fabrication and layout techniques
- Safe work practices
- Surface prep and finishing methods
- Trade math solutions
- Trade tool and shop equipment usage
Metal Fabrication is also an excellent program for welders to expand on their skills and increase employment options in the industry across Canada.
The Youth Train in Trades program is designed to help secondary school students get a head start on careers in the trades while earning credit towards their high school graduation. Learn more online at Skilled Trades BC.
For more information, speak with your high school guidance counsellor or get in touch with Selkirk College’s Industry and Trades administrative assistant.
Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:
- Perform safety-related functions
- Use tools and equipment
- Interpret plans, drawings and specifications
- Perform quality control
- Handle materials
- Perform trade mathematics and layout
- Form materials
- Fabricate components
- Perform welding activities
- Graduation from a British Columbia Senior Secondary School or equivalent
- Workplace Math 11, or Selkirk AUD Math 46, with minimum of 60% or better
- Consideration will be given to mature individuals (19 years or older) who are not senior secondary school graduates, provided they are working to complete the recommended education:
- Grade 10 or equivalent including English 10, Mathematics 10
- Grade 12 preferred
- All applicants are required to complete a computerized placement test using the College Readiness Tool (CRT) in reading, writing and mathematics once they have submitted their application.
- Employers may require higher level of Math as part of their hiring policies
- Basic computer are skills highly recommended.
- A refundable tool deposit of $100 will be required at the start of the program.
- An interview (in person or by telephone) with the school chair or designate may be required before entry to the program. Interview results are not used as criteria for admission.
Tuition & Fees
All amounts are estimates and are subject to change. Tuition amounts are based on a full-time course load. Please note that many programs have additional costs beyond those listed here. For more information, please visit Tuition & Fees.
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