Metal Fabricator

This partnership between British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District No. 42 provides a unique opportunity for secondary school students to complete Grade 12 graduation requirements while earning post-secondary credits and certification in the Metal Fabricator field tuition free. Additionally, students will acquire skills to enter the job market or pursue other post-secondary education.

Metal fabricators deal with the selection, layout, shearing, cutting (with a torch), punching, drilling, forming, fitting and welding of metal plates and structural metal shapes into products for the forest, mining, construction, transportation and agricultural industries.

Typical projects that involve metal fabricators include bridges, buildings, hoppers, conveyors, towers, cranes, heavy-mining equipment, logging equipment, ship parts and equipment.




How to Apply

To apply to this program, visit

Your application package must include the following:

  • BCIT application
  • SD42 Partnership Application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter (briefly stating why you are interested in this program)
  • Recent transcript of your grades

Submit the complete package to your school’s career planning assistant, work experience teacher, or counsellor.

The program

Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop practice enable students to become competent in basic metal fabrication methods for products such as metal buildings, tanks and equipment. Good hand/eye coordination and good physical condition are desirable to successfully complete this program.


Program Content

The standard 10-month (September through June) program consists of a practicum and the following course content:

  • Apply safe work practice
  • Mathematics
  • Sketch and read drawings
  • Metal fabrication power equipment
  • Measurement layout hand and power tools
  • Patterns/templates – shop applications
  • Use Oxyacetylene
  • Arc Welding
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Plate Development
  • Material Handling
  • Cleaning & Painting
  • Fabricate & Metallurgy theory

A portion of the program includes instruction at BCIT’s trades campus in Burnaby.


An overall GPA of 70 per cent or better is required. All courses must be passed in order to successfully complete the program.

Dual Credit

Students who successfully complete the program will have completed seven courses for 28 credits on their secondary school graduation transcript. They will also receive a BCIT certificate in trades training.

Where can the program lead?
  • To a career as a metal fabricator
  • Preparation for one of many other related careers
  • Apprenticeship training
  • Other BCIT programs
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