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Metal Fabrication

Metal Fabrication

Build, assemble and repair products made of steel and other metals for use in a wide variety of industries.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2018 Akerley Campus • Dartmouth  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Metal fabricators turn blueprints into bridges, ships, boilers and girders. Working with welders, they turn raw steel into components for the manufacturing and transportation industries, as well as major infrastructure projects. Everything they do is built to last for generations, so they can take pride in making a lasting contribution every day they're on the job.

This program provides you with the knowledge and skills required to enter the metal fabrication and plating industry. You learn to repair metal parts and structures, fabricate components and apply safe work practices using various welding and cutting equipment and fabrication techniques. You also get experience with layout practices, blueprint reading and planning and preparing jobs.

Metal Fabrication and Welding are both two-year programs that share the same courses in the first year. Both programs offer strong apprenticeship tracks and graduates from both programs often end up working side-by-side.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. 1
    Highlight"Taking a project from a blueprint to a finished object."
  2. 2
    Favourite"Working in the shop."
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    Highlight"Learning to weld after I couldn't even start an arc on the first day in shop."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Metal Fabricator (Fitter) trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • Major employers have worked with NSCC to ensure the program provides students with specialized skills industry requires. The job forecast for Metal Fabrication Fitters is very strong.
  • Faculty have years of experience in the metal fabrication industry and a strong desire to see you succeed; many students look to them as mentors.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • You're prepared to start your career in a wide variety of industries and companies, including structural steel and manufacturing plants, heavy machinery, construction and shipbuilding.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Certification with a Red Seal – Metal Fabricator (Fitter) is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards require that you have adequate vision and colour perception to operate safely, in the shop and in the field, while performing the tasks.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CADD 1000   AutoCAD Level I
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
MATH 1016   Math I
MATH 2000   Math II
MFPL 2100   Blueprint Reading III
MFPL 2200   Layout and Fabrication III
MFPL 2300   Rigging and Material Handling II
MFPL 2400   Marine Applications
MFPL 3000   Blueprint Reading IV
MFPL 3100   Work Experience
MFPL 3200   Semi-Auto Wire (4-Pos Fillet)
MFPL 3210   Intro to Metallurgical Principles and Heat Distortion
MFPL 3220   Layout and Fabrication IV
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
WEMF 1000   Safety Fundamentals
WEMF 1100   Oxy-Fuel Processes
WEMF 1200   Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
WEMF 1300   Blueprint Reading I
WEMF 1400   Rigging and Material Handling I
WEMF 1500   Portfolio Work Experience
WEMF 2000   Semi-Automatic Wire Welding Processes I
WEMF 2100   Blueprint Reading II
WEMF 2200   Layout and Fabrication I
WEMF 2300   Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
WEMF 3000   Layout and Fabrication II
WEMF 3100   Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Next Steps

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