Metal Fabricator Foundation Harmonized

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 level 1 technical training credit and work-based training hours toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification when you register as an apprentice. As a graduate, you will find a wide variety of opportunities in metal fabrication shops, construction, mining and boat building.


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: February
Length: 23 weeks
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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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

  • FFH-100 Safe Work Practices in Metal Fabrication
  • FFH-101 Introduction to Trades Math for Metal Fabricators
  • FFH-102 Tools and Equipment in Metal Fabrication
  • FFH-103 Drawing Interpretation in Metal Fabrication
  • FFH-104 Metal Fabrication Structural Drawings
  • FFH-105 Pattern Development and Layout Techniques
  • FFH-106 Materials Handling and Weight Calculations
  • FFH-107 Welding Processes in Metal Fabrication
  • FFH-108 Thermal Cutting Equipment and Processes
  • FFH-109 Quality Control in Metal Fabrication
  • FFH-110 Material Fabrication of Components
  • *OFA-001 WHMIS 2015
  • *OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • *FLO-010 Forklift Operator


*Note: Students not having current, valid First Aid, WHMIS and Forklift certification are required to take these courses to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged for First Aid, WHMIS and Forklift courses.

*Note: Based on availability of placements with industry, Trades Foundation students may have an opportunity to participate in an optional Work Experience: WXT-100 Work Experience – Trades Foundation.

*Note: In this program, students may participate in field trips to industry specific locations.

Completion Requirements

  • Students will be required to achieve a minimum C average overall for this program.  Student will be required to pass all industry certificate courses to achieve program completion requirements.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in English 10; or C in two of 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, and English First Peoples Spoken Language 10; or C in NIC ENG-035; or C+ in Communications 12; or C+ in ESL-062 and ESL-065; or successful NIC assessment testing in English; and
  2. C in one of Principles of Math 10, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10, Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10, Applications of Math 11, NIC MAT-029, or successful NIC assessment testing in math.
  3. 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.

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

The Metal Fabricator Foundation Harmonized 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.

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 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

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 $1,713
NISU Fees $80
Lab Fees $155
Books $1,020
Learner Resource $92
Total $3,060

This program is tuition refund Category 1.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.