Metal Fabrication

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Steel is one of the world’s ultimate building materials. And working with metal is one of the oldest and most important trades. Since the early days of metal working, skilled fabricators have played a huge role in our evolution. Today, the work they do still impacts almost every facet of our lives. Steel fabrication is a big industry where you can build big things from buildings to ships, bridges and more. If you have an eye for precision, strong math skills and manual dexterity, you have the raw materials to be a great steel fabricator.

Our program immerses you in every step of the fabrication process. You’ll learn how to cut, form, bend, assemble, erect and weld metals. You’ll work with metal fabrication tools, machinery and modern technology to master the skills that will make you a great addition to any fabrication team specializing in your area of interest. Enroll today to become a skilled professional who can literally shape how things come together in the world.


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

    Steel fabricators can find work in fabrication shops and manufacturing facilities that produce products for a wide variety of industries. Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters fabricate, assemble, fit and install steel or other metal components for buildings, bridges, tanks, towers, boilers, pressure vessels and other similar structures and products.
    If you enjoy working with technology and machinery, metalworking and forging machine operators operate metalworking machines which shape and form light and heavy metal into parts or products. Heavy metalworking machine operators are employed by structural steel fabrication, boiler and platework manufacturing companies, heavy machinery manufacturing companies and in the shipbuilding industry. Experienced steel fabricators also have opportunities to move into CAD design, project estimating and project management as their careers advance.

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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.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • 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

    Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

    NOC Codes

    72104 - Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
    72105 - Ironworkers
    72106 - Welders and related machine operators
    94105 - Metalworking and forging machine operators

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