What to Expect
The Ironworker (Metal Building Systems Erector) program follows the current Alberta Apprenticeship Course Outline (pdf) to ensure all students are provided with appropriate training experiences to successfully pass their apprenticeship examinations.
Apprentices get a full understanding of the complexities and engineering included in working with steel through training in
- erecting and connecting steel
- bench metal work
- roofs, walls and finishing of pre-engineered metal buildings
- oxy-fuel gas cutting and arc welding
- rigging theory and practical exercises
- blueprint reading
Theory and shop classes concentrate on safety practices related to all aspects of the trade, including
- the safe and correct use of hand and power tools
- shop safety practices
- personal protective equipment
- fall arrest procedures
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average
- 30 hours per week in classrooms and labs
Training is done at the NAIT Waiward Centre for Steel Technologies at NAIT's Souch Campus, 7110 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton.
Is This Program For You?
Successful ironworker (metal building systems erectors) enjoy developing their expertise by doing precise work in a broad range of industries and locations. They enjoy the outdoors and often like travelling and working with different crews.
To be successful in their trade, ironworker (metal building system erectors) need
- the ability to interpret blueprints
- an understanding of safe work practices and the knowledge to safely operate the tools of the trade
- the ability to work at heights
- the ability to lift 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
- the ability to act quickly and decisively in emergencies
The School of Skilled Trades wants our first-year students to become confident in their abilities, get connected to NAIT through groups, peers and staff, be supported personally and academically, get motivated to complete their program and most importantly enjoy the learning environment here at NAIT.
Being an apprentice student is quite different from being a full-time student. Apprentices are in school for short periods of time and some programs are on satellite campuses. Our goal is to improve communication with apprentices on all campuses to ensure you have access to all the services we have to offer at NAIT for you to be successful.
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- Apprenticeship Information
- Frequently asked questions about NAIT apprenticeship
- Frequently asked questions about the apprenticeship process
Women in Technology and Trades
The Ironworker program is supported by Women in Technology and Trades (WITT), an offering of NAIT Student Engagement. The goal of WITT is to ensure that all female students are aware of and prepared for the career opportunities that are available to them in diverse technical fields. Throughout the year, WITT provides networking events, lunch and learns, mentorship opportunities and support services that are available to women in technology and trades programs at NAIT.