This program follows an accelerated format. Please consult Student Services for exact start and end dates.
Career possibilities: As a graduate, you will find a wide variety of opportunities in metal fabrication shops, construction, mining and boat building.
The Metal Fabrication Foundation program offers pre-apprenticeship training in metal fabrication but is also for welders who wish to broaden their skills for employment in this Red Seal trade. Previous welding experience can be assessed by an instructor before admission to this program.
Metal fabricators build, assemble and repair products made of steel and/or other metals for use in a wide variety of manufacturing and construction industries and must be familiar with the properties of metals and know how to operate specialized metalworking machines.
You will learn the principles, knowledge and skills involved in metal fabrication. During the 23-week program, you will develop advanced skills and acquire the basic knowledge necessary for employment as an entry-level metal fabricator.
Students at the Campbell River campus have the option to complete both the Welder Foundation and Metal Fabrication Foundation certificate consecutively in a 43-week period. Please speak with an educational advisor or instructor if you are exploring this option.
On successful completion of this program and upon entering into an apprenticeship, you will be eligible to receive technical training credit for Level 1 and 450 hours of work-based credit toward your apprenticeship hours requirement.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are prepared for a career as a metal fabricator apprentice in industries such as metal fabrication shops, mining, oil and gas, construction, sawmills, boat building and more.
NIC is pleased to make tools available to students in exchange for a $200 refundable tool deposit. The deposit is not included in your tuition and will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration Office.
You are also responsible for having the following basic supplies:
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Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
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