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During COVID-19: On Pause

With regret, we have decided to put the Trades Discovery programs on pause during COVID-19. Trades Discovery programming is predominantly a hands-on-in-the-shop curriculum that relies on the active collaboration and support of more than 15 different program areas from three BCIT Schools over four campuses. Currently many of BCIT’s workspaces have been challenged with accommodating months of backlogged classes that were halted at the onset of the pandemic. Many areas are slowly returning to business at either reduced capacity to allow for required distancing or blended online with limited face to face activity. As more program areas are able to settle in to a “new normal” we’re working diligently with them to reschedule Trades Discovery for the Winter 2021 term.


Trades Discovery programs are designed to allow participants extensive access to the available trades and technical training at BCIT campuses.

These highly practical and relevant training programs prepare participants to successfully enter and complete trades/technical training or seek apprenticeship.

Students gain hands-on experience in approximately 15 different trades disciplines. Some examples of activities are: lay out and fabrication, general piping, framing, welding, wiring and working on mechanical systems in automobiles, aircraft, and heavy equipment.

The programs include two weeks of unpaid work experience, partnering education with industry and the community. Students will be trained and certified in the following:

  • HILTI Powder Actuated Tool
  • Lift Truck Operator (forklift training)
  • WCB Occupational First Aid Level One
  • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)

Trades explored

Students will explore a variety of programs from the following sectors:

  • Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing

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Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Contact Us

General Information:
Telephone: 604-456-8182

Tamara Pongracz
Chief Instructor
Telephone: 604-432-8233

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