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Metal fabricators deal with the selection, layout, shearing, cutting, punching, drilling, forming, fitting and welding of steel plates and structural steel 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, and ship parts and equipment.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the fall semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

If you are interested in working in the marine and ship building industry, you may be eligible to enter the Marine Fitter Apprenticeship program.

Alternatively, if you are already indentured with the British Columbia Industry Training Authority (ITA), or seeking more information on the apprenticeship itself, check out our Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship web page.

The Program

Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop practice enable students to become competent in basic steel fabrication methods for products such as steel buildings, tanks and equipment.

Good hand/eye coordination and good physical condition are desirable.
Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the institute’s rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Training prepares students for entry-level employment as metal fabricators. Upon successful completion of the program, students may seek employment as apprentices. Industry contacts are available.

This is a prerequisite program for the Marine Fitter endorsement. Visit the Marine Fitter Apprenticeship page for more information.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Our faculty and staff have a combined 120 years of practical experience and over 60 years of teaching experience. This translates into a huge source of knowledge that you can draw from. If after reviewing the information on our web pages you still have questions regarding steel fabrication please contact any one of us, BCIT’s
admission & registration or apprenticeship training.

Mike McKoryk, Department Head
Tel: 604-456-1262

Henry Ostermann, Faculty
Metal Fabrication TQ
Tel: 604-451-6833

Peter Thomas, Faculty
Metal Fabrication IP, Med, BCIDP
Tel: 604-431-4934

Jason Grant, Faculty
Metal Fabrication RSE
Tel: 604-412-7509

Contact Us

Mike McKoryk
Department Head
Tel: 604-456-1262

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