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Pre-Employment Ironworker

Length: 9 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

Program Highlights

Enter an ironworker apprenticeship with hands-on skills through this program that covers fabrication, ornamental iron work and structural steel and rebar. Grads can challenge the first year apprenticeship exam.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,820
Year 1 (International): $12,229

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


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!

Program Details

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.

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.

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.

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

View additional Pre-Employment Ironworker program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
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


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

2019/20 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $5,820 - - - $5,820

2019/20 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $12,229 - - - $12,229

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $5,820 $186 - - $5,820

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $86
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $50 
Student technology fee: $50

Books and supplies*

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


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