Foundations in Metal Trades

Closed for Fall 2021

Length: 1 month Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Learn foundational skills and knowledge in welding, ironworker and pipe trades in this multi-disciplinary, hands-on program.

Welders, ironworkers and pipe trades professionals all work with metal, whether as copper or iron pipe, pre-cut or pre-fabricated sheet metal, or structural steel. Individuals in these professions way work in residential, commercial and/or industrial contexts. Most professionals are involved in reading plans and specifications, selecting materials and methods of work, and measuring, cutting and joining materials.

This program covers fundamental skills, processes and knowledge relating to welding, ironwork and pipe trades professions. The program is designed to help students decide if these apprenticeship pathways are options would like to pursue, as well as to equip students with skills and knowledge to help them secure jobs in industry.

Your Career

Pipe trades professionals may work as residential or commercial plumbers, or as steam/gas/pipefitters in industrial settings, or as sprinkler fitters. Work environments for welders vary from one job to another, and may involve working outdoors on construction sites or indoors in production and repair shops. Ironworkers fabricate, lay out and join metal scaffolding and structural steel as part of the construction of buildings, bridges and ornamental structures.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to receive a SAIT Certificate of Achievement. Students may also earn work experience and/or CTS credits at the high school level.

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School board partners

SAIT currently offers youth foundations programs within the following school board jurisdictions.

  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Calgary Catholic School District
  • Palliser Regional School District
  • Foothills Academy Society
  • Rockyview School Division

Is this the right fit for me?

This program is for students in Grade 10, 11 or 12 who:

  • enjoy working with computers; and
  • are considering a career relating to construction, welding, plumbing, pipefitting and/or other metal or mechanical trades

Program length

  • Foundations in Wood Trades is offered over one semester
  • Requires a commitment of four afternoons at SAIT campus throughout the program
Term Program start

How to Apply

Students interested in youth foundations studies should contact their career practitioner, high school counselor or off-campus coordinator.

The selection of high school students for youth foundations programs is determined by each school board. School boards will take into account different criteria, such as attendance, ability to commit to the program, and if the student is on-track to complete any other classes.

School boards will provide prospective high school students with deadlines for program application and registration. Once selected by the school board, students will need to register for the youth foundations program with SAIT.

Students who have successfully been selected to participate in youth foundations studies will receive detailed information about the registration and orientation processes.

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

Youth Foundations
MB026, Stan Grad Building

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