Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Harmonized

Build on your metal work skills as you work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) designation. Through theoretical and applied learning, you’ll learn thermal cutting, bend allowances, drawings and blueprints, component fabrication and welding processes.


Learn more in our new highlight video.


Watch the video information session with instructor Karl Plautz and NIC recruiter Renae Roles.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Starts: See schedules below
Length: 6-7 wks/lvl

Through your metal fabrication apprenticeship you will learn applied processes in metal forming techniques, plate layout and template design. Your apprenticeship will prepare you for a successful career in the metal fabrication trade as a red seal fabricator.

Karl Plautz, NIC Metal Fabrication instructor

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Scheduled classes may be subject to change, depending on demand.

Note: Apprentices enrolling in technical training must take their training in sequential order, beginning with level 1, then 2, then 3, then level 4. Students must complete all levels of technical training in order to be eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) examination

FBH-100 – Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 1

FBH-200 – Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 2

FBH-300 – Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 3

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must be ITA registered apprentices.
  2. Complete and submit the NIC Application for Admission form, writing "Metal Fabricator" and level of training as the program name.
  3. Complete and submit the NIC Apprenticeship Training Registration form.

To Be Successful

  • You will find greater ease and success in your training if your abilities in mathematics, reading and writing are at a sufficient level. NIC Assessment Services is available to provide math and English assessments year-round. If you need to refresh your skills or upgrade in a few areas, those classes are available at NIC.
  • You are encouraged to develop a workplace plan with your employer to make sure you are practicing all related trade skills.
  • School training periods can be very intense, especially because of the quantity of reading you will be required to do. Whenever possible, you are encouraged to complete readings in advance.

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.

Karl Plautz

Karl Plautz


Trades & Apprenticeships

RSE Metal Fabricator

RSE Welder

Subjects: Metal Fabricator Appr Hrmzd, Metal Fab FndHmzd, Welder Apprentice Harmonized, Welder Foundation Harmonized
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Program Highlights

All NIC training programs follow the criteria set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to ensure your trades qualifications meet current industry standards.

NIC works closely with industry to ensure your apprenticeship training is of the highest quality. For upcoming apprenticeship training schedules view the Schedules tab. 

Supply List

NIC is pleased to make tools available to students in exchange for a 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:

  • CSA approved safety glasses with side shields
  • Hearing protection (form fitted or disposable earplugs)
  • CSA Steel toe leather boots
  • Sharp electronic calculator (# EL-520WBBK or EL-520X)
  • HB pencils
  • hi-lite marker
  • two 2” binders and note paper
  • drafting equipment: available at the NIC bookstore
    • Set square – 30/60/90 degree, Staedtler 964 12-60
    • Set square – 45/45/90 degree, Staedtler 964 12-45
    • Scale ruler, Imperial, Architects, Staedtler 987 18-31
    • Scale ruler, Metric, Staedtler 987 18-SI
    • Drawing compass, 559-02
    • Good quality white eraser
    • Non-mechanical pencils in: .3mm lead in 6H lead; .5mm in 2H & 4H lead; .9mm in 2H lead
  • Staedtler flexible line marker 571 60-400
  • Sellstrom clear full-face shield with tinted flip up visor (shade 5) (optional see instructor)
  • hearing protection (form fitted or disposable earplugs)
  • tip cleaners (long sets)
  • striker (3 flint style)
  • cotton work clothes
  • leather jacket and apron (see instructor before purchasing)
  • welding gloves (finger style)
  • welding hat
  • welding helmet (see instructor before purchasing)
  • cutting goggles (must fit over safety glasses) or full-face shield with flip up shade 5 cutting lens
  • wire feed pliers (optional – replaces slip joint pliers and diagonal cutters)
  • wire brush
  • chipping hammer
  • tape measure both imperial and metric * check with instructor prior to purchasing

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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.

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

Domestic Fees

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Grand Total
Tuition $683 $683 $585
NISU Fees $35 $35 $26
Books $350 $400 $200
Learner Resource $35 $35 $27
Total $1,103 $1,153 $838 $3,094

This program is tuition refund Category 4.

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.