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PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Employment Ironworker

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Program Description

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.

Program Overview

Your Career

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.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 10C, Math 10-3, AND,
  • 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.

Total Credits 12

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