Steel Fabrication

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2021 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

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 or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission 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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    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.

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    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.


    • SECU1221F

    In this course, students learn to safely use oxyacetylene equipment to weld joints using various electrodes.


    • IPTI1030F
    • SECU1221F

    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.


    • IPTI1030F
    • PRLP1058E
    • SECU1221F

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


    • SECU1221F

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


    • IPTI1030F
    • SECU1221F

    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 will understand the theory 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


    • MATH1209
    • PRLP1058E

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    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.

    Note:  This course may be delivered at the discretion of the college.

    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.

    Note:  The delivery timeline of this course is at the discretion of the campus.

    Shielded Metal Arc Welding (S.M.A.W) is one of the oldest and most common welding process.  Through a combination of classroom theory and hands-on shop time, students learn the basic principles and techniques associate with S.M.A.W.  At the end of this course, students will be able to select and safely use the proper equipment to strike and maintain an arc.


    • IPTI1030F
    • SECU1221F

    This course builds upon the knowledge and skills covered in WDSO1125.  It covers Shielded Metal Arc Welding (S.M.A.W.) procedures for the deposit of all position fillet welds.


    • WDSO1125D
    • SECU1221F

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


    • WDSO1126D
    • SECU1221F

    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.


    • WDSO1127D

    NOC Codes

    7235 - Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
    7263 - Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters
    7265 - Welders and Related Machine Operators
    9416 - Metalworking and forging machine operators

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