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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Learning for a Lifetime
Ironworker (Generalist)


​Occupation Description: 
Ironworker (Generalist)​ means a person who rigs, welds, burns, rivets, bolts, drills, fits and fabricates or otherwise handles structural shapes and plates in the erection, demolition, repair and routine maintenance of steel structures, such as buildings, towers, cranes, and bridges, and is involved with placing or moving machinery, curtain wall, window wall, tilt-up, column cladding, architectural metal, the detailing, placing, post-tensioning, pre-stressing and tying of reinforcing steel or cable including the unloading and handling of all such material in the field for work as is usually performed by a journeyperson Ironworker.

Application Process

November 1 to Spring Break
    • l​ook over all the information below and in the right column - get a good understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment,    reading, math, trainin​g, etc
      • no questions... go ahead and apply for the program!
      • questions?... book an appointment with Benjamin King (district principal), to learn more
        • use the: Booking App, or
        • use the QR code in the right column
    • student completes the fillable "SD43 Application" (top link in the right column) by typing in answers and getting necessary signatures
    • submit to your counsellor at your high school

after S​pring Break to late April

    • Personal interview/conversation with Ben King at your school

​​mid-May into June

    • Ben King will:
      • email students conditional acceptances into the program
        • unsuccessful applicants will also are contacted
      • enroll the student at the training site(s)
      • ​​ensure counselors adjust students' timetables to reflect course/credits
​Time Commitment
  • 2023-24 intakes:  
    • January 8 (to June 14)
    • July 8 (to December 13)​​
  • 23 weeks long​
  • 5 days a week:  Monday to Friday
  • 7.00am to 1.30pm

Student Cost

  • tuition-free, but students will need to pay about $400 for course materials, textbook, resources, etc

Location​​ & Transportation

  • BCIT "Burnaby Campus" - 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
  • Transportation, to and from the training site, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian
    • Skytrain is the best transportation option
      (Skytrain to Brentwood Mall, transfer to bus​)


  • plan to complete Language Arts 12
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • excellent attendance + lates record while in high school


  • General
    • Athletic, Collaborative, Mathematical, Precise, and Tactile
  • Key Job​
    • Use of Rigging/Hoisting/Lifting Equipment, Application of Crane Work Procedures, Steel Structure Erection, Reinforcement/Pre-Stressing/Post-Tensioning Techniques, and Structural Steel Maintenance
​Student Eligibility
  • this program is made up different districts filling the 16 seats -
    traditionally Coquitlam SD​43 has been able to have 1-2 students enrolled per intake
  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects... and a plan for English 12
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 of their graduation year
    • ex 1:  a Program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a current grade 12 student​ to apply to
    • ex 2:  a program will begin in September ​after a grade 12 has graduated - that current grade 12 can not apply as they will not be accepted​​
  • must have government-issued photo ID (ex: a driver's license, BC ​ID, passport) that is current/valid on the β€‹ITA exam date (last week or so of program)​
  • on intake date, students must be:
    • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and
    • an enrolled student in a high school (non-grad) in SD43​
  • unfortunately, international students are not able to enroll in this program
Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with ​Ben King
Principal of Trades & Transitions​


School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

1080 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 0M6
604-939-9201 604-939-7828