PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (From NIC website)
The Fabricator-Welder Foundation program offers pre-apprenticeship training in metal fabrication but is also for welders who wish to broaden their skills for employment in this Red Seal trade. Previous welding experience can be assessed by an instructor before admission to this program.
Metal fabricators build, assemble and repair products made of steel and/or other metals for use in a wide variety of manufacturing and construction industries and must be familiar with the properties of metals and know how to operate specialized metalworking machines.
Metal Fabricators can be more employable especially with a welding ticket as they are the ones that interpret the drawings and are involved in the developing, laying out, cutting, rolling, bending, shaping, of the metal for projects.
Past graduates have worked for companies in town such as;
Courtenay Spring Welding Inc
A Metal Fabricator apprentice must complete a three-year program including 4800 workplace hours and 600 in-school hours of training completed in three levels of training, each for six to seven weeks. After completion and achievement of a passing grade, the apprentice will hold the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Inter provincial Standard Endorsement also known as Red Seal.
North Island College
(Campbell River Campus)
1685 S Dogwood St
Campbell River, BC
How do I get started?
- Meet with the Career Teacher at your school
- Plan your Grade 11 & 12 classes
- Complete a SD71 District Train In Trades Application
- Meet with a Work Experience coordinator to set up a work experience placement
- Sign up for S.T.E.P.
- Apply for a Trades Sampler program
- Meet with your school counselor to ensure you are programmed into the right courses
How should I timetable my courses?
Below is a sample timetable showing the pathway and required courses needed between Grade 10 – 12 so a student could take the North Island Metal Fabrication Foundation Program in their Grade 12 year.
|Grade 10||Grade 11||
Socials 11 or 12 *
Elective 11 (CLE11*)
*Grade 11 Academic?
Elective 10/Elective 10
|Metal Trades Sampler
(Includes WorkPlace Math 11)
NIC Metal Fabrication Program
Counts as Grade 12 Electives
Who can/do I talk to?
G.P. Vanier Career Office
Mark R. Isfeld Career Office
Highland Career Office
Glacier View Career Office
Career Coordinator: Dawn Stevens
District Trades Coordinator
Email: Steve Claassen@sd71.bc.ca
TRADES PROGRAM APPLICATION FORMSIf you will complete any of the following applications digitally, make sure you download and save them to your computer first before completing. You can use the Fill & Sign feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader to sign it.
FILLABLE - District Application - Trades 2020 (Can be done at home and brought to Careers Teacher)
FILLABLE - Grade 12 SLP - Fall 2020 (Can be started at home and brought to Careers Teacher)
ITA Youth Train In Trades Application Form (To completed once accepted to program)
NIC Trades Application -Sample Only (See a school's Careers Department for actual one)