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Pre-employment Ironworker

Length: 9 weeks Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Prepare for an ironworker apprenticeship with hands-on skills through this program that covers fabrication, ornamental ironwork and structural steel and rebar. 

This nine-week program is designed to offer an alternative route to those looking to enter the Ironworker trade. Courses cover the same material delivered in a first-year Ironworker apprenticeship, 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.


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

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue entry-level positions in the construction, metal fabricating, oil and gas, iron and steel production, electric utilities and rail transport industries and are prepared to become indentured ironworker apprentices. 

Potential career progression includes: 

  • ironworker journeyperson 
  • supervisory positions  

Related careers include: 

  • welder 
  • boilermaker 
  • metal fabricator 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,348

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications open Oct. 2, 2019, and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Winter 2021 Coming soon!

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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 accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

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.

Program Outline

Course Code Course Name Credits
AMAT-200 Applied Math 1.5
WELD-253 Welding Shop 1.5
AMEC-200 Rigging Theory 1.5
AMEC-203 Rigging Shop 1.5
BLPR-226 Drawing Interpretation 1.5
SAFE-255 General Safety Theory 1.5
SAFE-268 General Safety Shop 1.5
WELD-251 Welding Theory 1.5
Total Credits 12.0

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Transfer Options

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.


Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $6,227 $121 $- $- $6,348


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $92
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $75
Student technology fee: $75
Saitsa fee: N/A

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: N/A
  • Dental Plan: N/A

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2021

Orientation date

Your program orientation date will be announced shortly.

Visit our orientation page.

We are expecting to meet you at student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes that begin on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

  • Solid Wi-Fi connection at home

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • CSA steel toe boots
  • Safety glasses

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 145: Orientation for Apprentices and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Email:  ma.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Steve Wooldridge, Academic Chair  
Email:   steve.wooldridge@sait.ca

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