Metal Fabrication Foundation

Develop advanced skills and qualify for a wide range of job opportunities in the metal work field. Learn to build, assemble and repair products made of steel and aluminum and earn apprenticeship technical training credit toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification. As a graduate, you will find a wide variety of opportunities in metal fabrication shops, construction, mining and boat building.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Starts: Fall 2020
Length: 5 months
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Having metal fabrication opened up more opportunities for me. There’s a lot of different hats that a metal fabricator can wear. What you’re working on can change from day to day, especially if you’re working in small shops. I’d highly recommend it to anyone interested in getting into metal work.

Mark Werner, NIC Metal Fabrication, Welding Foundation and B&A grad

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Program Requirements

Completion Requirements

  • To pass the program, a minimum average of 70% for all courses is required. 

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of English 10, Composition 10, Creative Writing 10, Literary Studies 10, New Media 10, Spoken Language 10, English First Peoples Writing 10, English First Peoples Literary Studies 10, English First Peoples New Media 10, English First Peoples Spoken Language 10 or NIC ENG-035; or C+ in ESL-062 and ESL-065, or certified CLB 7; or successful completion of NIC assessment testing in English; and
  2. Successful completion of the NIC Metal Trades Assessment with a minimum of 70% in each of the four sections tested.
    Note: For general information about the Metal Trades Assessment see the Metal Fabrication Assessment Study Information or speak with an NIC Advisor. To prepare for the Metal Trades Assessment use the Math Study Guide.
  3. Registered in Welder Foundation preceding the start of Metal Fabrication Foundation or completion of Welder Foundation, level B, level A, or Apprenticeship Welding training; or
  4. Applicants with significant previous welding experience may be considered with instructor approval.
  5. High school graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

International Language Requirements

If you are applying as an international student, you must meet NIC international admission requirements.

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To Be Successful

  • You are encouraged to contact the instructor for an in-person or telephone interview. The purpose of the interview is to provide advice, answer questions about the program and discuss various career fields and choices.
  • Many employers require Grade 12 completion as an employment standard. If you do not meet this requirement we encourage you to contact an educational advisor to discuss upgrading or Grade 12 completion options offered at NIC. In addition to the stated prerequisites, secondary school equivalent courses in math, science, physics and drafting are considered an asset.
  • The most important key to success is the desire to become a quality trades person. The traditional values of hard work, reliability, positive attitude and the desire to do quality work are essential to succeed in the program.
  • Prospective students should be aware that trades programs require good hand-eye coordination, good binocular vision, strong abilities in spatial and mechanical reasoning along with good math and communication skills.
  • There is also an expectation of physical activities such as lifting, working on ladders and scaffolding or in confined spaces and under various weather conditions.
  • You will be required to stay focused for prolonged periods.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Program Highlights

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Supply List

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:

  • full face shield with tinted flip up visor
  • clear safety glasses (regular style frame)
  • hearing protection (form fitted or disposable earplugs)
  • tip cleaners (long sets)
  • striker (3 flint style)
  • cotton work clothes
  • steel-toed boots
  • leather jacket and apron (see instructor before purchasing)
  • welding gloves (finger style)
  • welding Hat
  • welding helmet (see instructor before purchasing)
  • adjustable wrench (crescent 10”)
  • vice grips (regular style, 10”),
  • C-clamp 10”
  • slip joint pliers (10”)
  • diagonal cutters (9”)
  • wire feed pliers (optional – replaces slip joint pliers and diagonal cutters)
  • wire brush
  • chipping hammer
  • tape measure 16’ x 1” (imperial/metric graduations or separate imperial and metric tapes)

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $1,680
NISU Fees $80
Lab Fees $155
Books $1,020
Learner Resource $90
Total $3,025

This program is tuition refund Category 1.