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

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‚ÄčOccupation Description: 
Ironworker (Generalist)‚Äč 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/Steps

  • November 1 - (pre) Spring Break‚Äč
    • look over all the information below and in the right column - get a good
       understanding of the pre-reqs, expectations, time commitment, ‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äčreading, math, training
      , etc‚Äč
      • if you have no questions, please apply for the program(s)
      • ‚Äčstill have questions? ‚Äčbook an appointment to talk to the district
         coordinator, Doug MacLean, to learn more: Booking App‚Äč
    • student competes the SD43 application (top link in the right column)
    • submits to your high school counselor (usually in gr 11 for the gr 12 school year)‚Äč 
  • ‚Äč(post) Spring Break - late April
    • personal interview/conversation with district coordinator 
  • mid-May into June
    • students are conditionally accepted (or not) into programs (notified by email) 
    • applicable enrolment at the training site is made (by district coordinator)
    • counselors will adjust timetables accordingly‚Äč‚Äč for following school year
‚ÄčStudents: feel free to contact Doug via email (‚Äčdmaclean@sd43.bc.ca) or text/call (604-341-8977) at anytime during the application process.
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‚ÄčTime Commitment
  • 2 intakes:  
    • July 12, 2022 (to Dec. 16) and
    • January 9, 2023 (to June 16)‚Äč
  • 23 weeks long‚Äč
  • 5 days a week:  Monday to Friday
  • 7.00am to 1.30pm

Student Eligibility

  • students typically take this program in their grade 12 year after taking all the necessary/core grade 11 subjects
  • students must begin a program prior to June 30 in th‚Äčeir graduation year
    • ex 1:  a grade 12's program begins in March and runs for 23 weeks - this is okay for a grade 12 student‚Äč to participate in
    • ex 2:  a program will begin in January‚Äč after a grade 12 has graduated the previous June ‚Äč- this is not okay and that current grade 12s should not apply as they will not be accepted
  • unfortunately, this program is not available to "International students" ‚Äč‚Äč

Student Cost

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

Location‚Äč‚Äč & 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‚Äč)

Pre-Requisites

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

Skills + Attributes‚Äč

  • passion for working with heavy metal and welding
  • attention to detail‚Äč


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Have questions about this program?
Book a meeting with the district coordinator:‚Äč

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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828