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Enhanced Metal Fabricator Foundation


Note:  This program is not currently being offered.  For more information please contact Kevin Jeffrey, Lead Hand Trades.

Metal Fabricators build, assemble and repair products made of steel or other metals for use in a wide variety of manufacturing and construction industries. They must be familiar with the properties of metal and know how to operate specialized metalworking machines. Metal Fabricator is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal Program. Metal Fabricators can work for sheet metal fabrication and welding shops, and for manufacturers of structural steel, boilers, plate workers, heavy machinery and transportation equipment. They can work for shipbuilding companies and for welding, ironwork and sheet metal work contractors. Metal fabrication is a good foundational skill to have in many rapidly evolving industries, such as aviation. The work of a Metal Fabricator is often intricate and highly precise.

This program is 35 weeks and this new training model is to provide additional essential skills, job readiness skills as well as workplace training experience to level 1 foundation students in order to enhance their skills and make them a valued employee with in local industry.  With the cooperation of partner companies, students will be given a work experience opportunity which will put students in a better position to acquire apprenticeship positions within industry and local employers will have had an opportunity to observe and train these students to determine if there is a desire to take them on as a continuing employee. 

This new model will include the ITA mandated foundation training, 1 week of safety certs (forklift, occupational first aid level 1, fall protection, WHMIS, transportation of dangerous goods and construction safety training systems), 8 weeks essential skill training (communication & listening skills, anger & self-management, interpersonal skills, lifelong learning skills, teamwork, working independently alongside others, working jointly with a partner, work as a member of a team, participate in supervisory or leadership roles, positive attitudes, keeping your focus, accepting guidance and direction, successful service skills, and resume and interview skills), 2 weeks work placement and a 3 week community project.

Program Outline 
Line  Course Name 


Perform Safety-Related Functions


Use Tools and Equipment


Interpret Plans, Drawings, and Specifications


Perform Quality Control


Handle Materials


Perform Trade Math and Layout


Form Materials


Fabricate Components


Perform Welding Activities




Occupational First Aid


Fall Protection




Transportation Dangerous Goods


Lock Out Tag Out


Essential Skills


Work Experience

Admission Requirements 
  • Grade 12 or Mature Student 
  • English 10 or Equivalent
  • Apprenticeship Workplace Math 10 or Equivalent OR
  • Successful Completion of a CAT assessment

Complete a NWCC Bursary Application [PDF]

Dates and Locations 
Location  Date 
Terrace  TBA
Program Fees 
FEES Full-time Domestic (35 Weeks) Full-time International (35 Weeks)
Tuition:  $3,324.65 $14,129.76
Student Union Fees: $83.04 $83.04
Mandatory Fees: $2,034.20 $2,079.08
Health Insurance: N/A $234.60
Total Tuition: $5,441.89 $16,526.48

Fees effective as of August 7, 2018

Books & Supplies

Tools and books are not included.  

Tool Kits are available for purchase through the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited and reserved for students enrolled in specific Trades programs only. Tool kits do not include the required PPE and Supplies on the TOOLS/SUPPLIES LIST. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please pay for tool kits at the Registration Office.

In addition to the fees outlined in the Program Fees section, the following additional costs apply:

  • Purchase of necessary learning resources (available at the NWCC Bookstore)
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Classroom Supplies
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Tools