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Metal Fabricator: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $430 per level Total; + $42/month Student Fee
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact: 250.370.3822
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    School of Trades 250.370.3822
    Trade Information Sessions 250.370.3810

Application Deadline Advice

Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended.

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 03
Level: 04

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Metal Fabricator (Fitter)

ITA Source: 'Metal Fabricator (Fitter)' profile.


Metal Fabricators interpret drawings and develop, layout, mark, cut, burn, saw, shear, punch, roll, bend, drill, shape, form, straighten, fit, assemble, ream, bolt, rivet, weld, test, inspect, prepare, prime, paint, rig, and handle structural and mechanical fabrications constructed from plates and structural shapes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The technical training is made up of four levels totaling 20 weeks. Each level is five weeks. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 6400 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves roughly 213 weeks of training.

Training Content

Training modules are:

  • Introduction to the Trade
  • Use Safe Work Practices
  • Solve Trade Math Problems
  • Use Trade Tools
  • Use Shop Equipment
  • Burn and Weld Metals
  • Read Drawings
  • Use Material Handling Equipment
  • Use Structural Layout Techniques
  • Develop Plate and Structural Patterns
  • Use Surface Preparation and Finishing Methods
  • Fabricate Plate and Structural Sections
  • Describe Basic Metallurgy and Testing Techniques
  • Use Testing and Inspection Methods
  • On-site Installation



  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent

Red Seal Endorsement

The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 57 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.

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Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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