Steel Fabrication

CampusStart Date
MonctonSeptember 2018
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Working with steel can help you build a meaningful career in a number of settings. Steel fabrication includes assembling, fitting and installing steel or other metal components for buildings, bridges, boilers, pressure vessels and similar structures and products. You'll learn how to cut, form, bend, assemble, erect and weld metals. With training in steel fabrication, you'll make a great addition to any fabrication team specializing in your area of interest.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    As a steel fabricator, you could be employed in structural steel, boiler and plate work fabrication plants and by heavy machinery manufacturing and shipbuilding companies.

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    NOC Codes

    7263 - Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters
    7265 - Welders and Related Machine Operators

    What you will learn

    • WHMIS
    • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Portable and Stationary Power Tools
    • Shop Safety
    • Benchwork
    • Fabrication Equipment
    • Material Preparation
    • Metallurgy
    • SMAW Welding
    • Groove Welds in Flat and Horizontal Position SMAW
    • GMAW
    • Layout and Developments
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Mathematics
    • Communication for Trades
    • Work Practicum
    • Related Subjects

    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    Students learn the practices related to safe use and care of hand tools and measuring and layout instruments. They identify structural steel shapes, know the practices used in cutting metals using hand or manually operating cutting equipment,follow standard practices for drilling, reaming, and threading metal and uses of fasteners.


    • SECU1194G

    This course trains students to set-up and operate oxy-fuel equipment safely and efficiently, apply the safety and operational requirements of the use of the plasma arc cutting system, prepare various joints with air-arc cutting equipment, and how to weld these joints using various electrodes.


    • IPTI1030E
    • SECU1194G

    This course orients students to the safe practices for handling materials in the workplace.

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    In this course, the students are presented with a balance of theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Instructional emphasis is focussed on the information, principles and formulas required to perform trade related mathematical calculations.


    • MATH1208

    Students learn the essential requirements for the use and maintenance of stationary power shearing equipment, iron worker type equipment, and press brake equipment. They also learn the types and uses of roll forming equipment, and how to operate manual, mechanical bending, and rolling equipment safely.


    • IPTI1030E
    • PRLP1058D
    • SECU1194G

    Students employ knowledge related to metallurgical principles in carrying out practices to control the expansion and contraction of metals.


    • SECU1194G

    Students acquire safe handling skills in the use of portable power tools and small stationary power tools.


    • IPTI1030E
    • SECU1194G

    The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    This course is designed to provide students with the skills to sketch and read blueprints to extract information. Students learn to interpret information from blueprints and use proper instruments and techniques to produce drawings.

    Upon completion of this course, students know the teory required for the interpretation and use of welding symbols and abbreviations.


    • PRLP1078

    Upon completion of this course, students know the theory required to interpret and perform detailing practices on various structural components, as per detail drawings.


    • PRLP1063
    • SECU1194G


    • MATH1209
    • PRLP1058D

    This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge required to function safely in their work environment. Included within this course are the specific WorkSafeNB competencies required for all NBCC graduates. Participants cover the safety and security standards required on the job so that they are aware of potential hazards and can prevent them.

    The safety procedures introduced in the course focus on preparing the students to function efficiently and safely as they get more practice and applied knowledge specific to their trade.

    This course provides students with an understanding of:

    - their responsibilities when working in areas where fall hazards exist;

    - the use of and inspection of the required equipment; and

    - the critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall.

    This course provides students with an understanding of the hazards related to working in a confined space environment. It looks at the proper safe work practice and procedures for confined spaces as well as rescue considerations.

    Upon completion of this course the student will be introduced to shielded metal arc welding equipment, striking and maintaining the arc.


    • IPTI1030E
    • SECU1194G

    This course describes the procedures for the deposit of all position fillet welds (SMAW).


    • WDSO1125
    • SECU1194G

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the gas metal arc welding/flux-core arc welding (GMAW/ FCAW) processes.


    • WDSO1126
    • SECU1194G

    This course prepares students for depositing groove welds in the flat and horizontal position with Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux-Core Arc Welding (FCAW) processes and Metal-Core Arc Welding (MCAW) processes.


    • WDSO1127C

    Specific Considerations

    Some structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters may also be certified as skilled welders. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

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