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Metal Fabricator Foundation – Certificate

Program Details

Length: 23 weeks

Total Credits: This program provides credit towards Red Seal Certification

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Silver King

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Certificate in Metal Fabricator Foundation and credit for Level 1 Technical Training plus 450 hours towards completion of Apprenticeship.


Program Summary

This 23-week program prepares learners for entry level positions as metal fabricators employed in fabrication shops associated with manufacturing, shipbuilding, forestry, mining, construction, transportation and oil and gas industries.

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 One technical training credit towards 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 at Selkirk College 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.

Metal Fabrication is also an excellent program for welders to expand on their skills and increase employment options in the industry across Canada.

Program Outcomes

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.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Graduation from a British Columbia Senior Secondary School or equivalent
  • Workplace Math 11, or Selkirk ABE 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

Additional Requirements

  • 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.

Graduation and Promotion

In order to receive your credential in your program you must maintain a minimum of 70% average.

Program Curriculum

See the ITA website for program outline