Metal Fabrication

Foundation Program
Also available as:
TYPE:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 6 months or less
FEES: Estimated at $3,524
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees

Overview

Are you looking for a rewarding and diverse career in trades? Become a metal fabricator with this foundation program. As a sheet metal fabricator, you will build, assemble and repair products made of steel or other metals for use in a wide variety of manufacturing and construction industries, operating specialized metalworking machines.

Careers

Metal fabricators are needed at:

  • Sheet metal fabrication and welding shops
  • Structural steel, boilers, plate workers, heavy machinery and transportation equipment manufacturing companies
  • Shipbuilding companies
  • Welding, ironwork and sheet metal work contractors

Become an Apprentice

This foundation program will provide entry level practical skills and academic knowledge to prepare you to begin the apprenticeship pathway as a sheet metal fabricator. You do not need an employer sponsor to participate. In fact, one of the main reasons to complete a foundation program is to gain experience and familiarity with the trade, giving you a competitive advantage to finding an employer to hire you as their apprentice.

Upon successful completion of the foundation program, you will receive credit with the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Level 1 technical training in Metal Fabrication. Once you are officially registered as an apprentice with ITA, you will then be able to complete the work based training hours (on the job training) and higher levels of apprenticeship training for your chosen trade.

Apprenticeship programs provide a unique approach to post-secondary education, combining classroom based learning (known as technical training) with on the job training. This enables you to “earn while you learn,” significantly reducing the need for student debt and building your career NOW, instead of waiting until you’ve completed your education.

 

 Governing bodies

Metal Fabrication Courses

Learn to build, assemble and repair products made of steel or other metals for use in a wide variety of manufacturing and construction industries, operating specialized metalworking machines

Metal Fabrication Foundation: Program Outline

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Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

There are no offerings of this program scheduled at this time. Check back later.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of the following:

  1. English 10; or Communications 11; or equivalent with a “C” or higher.
  2. Foundation Math and Pre-Calculus 10; or a "C" or higher grade in one of the following: Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 or Trades Math 041 or Math 030

Students who do not meet the above requirement, and think they may be admissible as a mature student should consult a CNC counsellor/advisor.

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Selective admission

A program for which seats are filled based on approved selection criteria. Such criteria may include, but are not limited to, assessment, portfolio submissions, interviews and grade point average. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance to the program. 

Selection process

If the program is over-subscribed, students will be selected based on the selection criteria listed below:

  1. The letter grade for English 10, English 030 or Communications 11 or equivalent will contribute its actual points to the selection process: e.g., “A” = 4.0, “B+” = 3.33, etc.
  2. The letter grade for Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 or Math 030 or Trades Math 041 or equivalent, will contribute its actual points to the selection process: e.g., “A” = 4.0, “B+” = 3.33, etc.
  3. Credit in Physics 11 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher will be awarded 4 points.
  4. The mechanical reasoning portion of the Student Readiness Assessment (SRA) will be awarded a maximum of 5 points.
  5. A passing grade in the English portion of the SRA (or completion of remedial work) will be awarded 1 point.
  6. A passing grade in the Math portion of the SRA (or completion of remedial work) will be awarded 1 point.
  7. Credit in one or more trades-related courses at the Grade 12 level with a grade of “B” or higher, or successful completion of any foundation-level trades training program or documented experience of one year in a trade will be awarded 3 points.
  8. Credit in any of the following: English 11, Principles of Math 11, or equivalents, or Trades Math 042 with a “C” grade or higher will be awarded 3 points.
  9. Submission of a resumé and personal handwritten statement indicating the reasons for wishing to enter this program will be awarded a maximum of 3 points.

Maximum points = 28

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $3,524.
  • Tuition: $2,689
  • Student fees: $635
  • Tool Deposit: $200 (Refundable)

These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial assistance to find out how. 

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.

Highlights

$58,147
Median Salary
Annual provincial median salary in related fields according to Work BC.