This 9-week program is designed to offer an alternative route to those looking to enter the Ironworker trade. This program covers all course materials received by a first-year Ironworker apprentice, as well as additional value added programming focused on safety and field operations.
Students in this program will be provided with the opportunity to learn about fabrication, scaffolding, structural steel buildings, building bridges, ornamental ironwork and pre-casting structures.
The program prepares students to enter into an apprenticeship with hands-on skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will qualify to challenge the first-year Ironworker apprenticeship exam.
Most ironworkers are employed by construction contractors, but some are employed in industries such as metal fabricating, oil and gas production, iron and steel production, electric utilities and rail transport. Very few ironworkers are self-employed. In the construction industry, ironworkers work on a project-to-project basis and frequently travel long distances from job to job. Union members work out of union hiring halls where work is allocated on a rotating basis. Employment can be seasonal, and employment prospects change with the economic climate, particularly with the volume of commercial and industrial construction projects.
If you chose a career as an Ironworker, you'll need the following characteristics:
- the ability to interpret blueprints
- an understanding of safe work and tool practices.
- to be able to work at heights
- the strength, stamina, and ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift items weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
- very good muscular coordination, agility and balance
- a willingness to travel to various work sites
- an inclination to work cooperatively with others
- ability to act quickly and decisively in emergencies.
The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:
- Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
- Rocky Mountain College
To learn more, visit Transfer Options.
Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:
- Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10,
- English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2
- All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
- A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 2) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.
Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.
SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada.
Direct Entry: Four Step Process
Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.
Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.
Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Ironworker and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.
- Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.
Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.
To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
|Course Code||Course Name||Credits|
|SAFE-255||General Safety Theory||1.5|
|SAFE-268||General Safety Shop||1.5|
Domestic Tuition and Fees*
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International Tuition and Fees*
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Universal Transit Pass (UPass): Program does not meet UPass eligibility requirements.
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Dental Plan: N/A
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Cost and Supplies*
- Tuition includes all course materials, student fees and access to appropriate technology.
- Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room is available at a discounted rate.
Find out about Tuition and Financial Aid.
This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.
* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
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