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Steel Detailing Technician Certificate (formerly Drafting)


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Working in the steel construction industry, steel detailers work with engineers and architects to draw the essential assets to infrastructures such as roads, bridges, schools, stadiums, commercial and high-rise buildings. Drawings for steel-framed structures divide the structure into components that can be transported from the fabrication plant for assembly at the construction site. Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) are being increasingly used to create these drawings for steel fabrication companies, and within steel detailing offices. Through project-based learning, students will become proficient in the latest CAD and BIM software, and the industry standards for steel detailing.

Program Hours: The Steel Detaling Technician Certificate runs Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 10 months Certificate or diploma (with additional specialty) Downtown Full-time

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The first step, apply early. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months in advance of the next available start date. A first payment is required to reserve a space in the program.

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Program Description

Program Description

This is one of the five drafting programs available at VCC. In the first two months, students learn concepts, techniques and accepted practices in the drafting industry. Students learn computer-aided drafting and are introduced to specialty areas of drafting.

In the final eight months of the program graduates of this program will have developed the drafting and 3D modeling skills which will enable them to enter the workforce in many areas as team members principally in structural steel fabrication companies, miscellaneous metals fabrication companies, and steel detailing offices. Graduates will be prepared to work on a wide variety of structures in North America, including schools, sports stadia, bridges, commercial buildings and high-rise offices.

Upon completion of the initial 10 month Steel Detailing Technician Certificate, a VCC diploma may be earned by completing a second drafting specialty (terms 2 & 3, 8 months training) in either Civil/Structural or Architectural.


For further information about this program, please call Bruce McGarvie, department head, at 604.871.7000, ext. 8536 or email bmcgarvie@vcc.ca.

Check out the Labour Market Navigator for a summary of the provincial outlook for occupations in this field.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements on a first-qualified, first-served basis

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.
  • English Language Proficiency at an English 12 level or (CLB/CLBPT scores: Listening 8, Speaking 7, Reading 8, and Writing 7 or better).
  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 OR 80% on VCC Basic Math Assessment and 72% on VCC Basic Algebra Assessment.
  • Note:

     • Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement may be admitted at the discretion of the Department
     • Applicants who have met all the above requirements and have completed high school Drafting 11 and 12 may, with Departmental approval, apply for direct entry into Level 2 of the program.

    For assistance with meeting the entrance requirements, please contact Advising Services to schedule an appointment with an Advisor.

    Applicants who have met the above requirements and completed Drafting 11 and 12 in high school can apply for direct entry into Level 2 of the program.

    VCC CAD Citation graduates may insert into level 2 of the program.

    Recommended Characteristics:

    • High school drafting and physics courses, or other related work experience is an asset
    • Excellent English communication skills
    • Working knowledge of Windows OS
    • General good health, good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
    • Good mathematical and mechanical comprehension
    • Successful work habits and an ability to work well with others
    • Logical reasoning and an ability to visualize objects
    • An interest in all aspects of architecture, general construction and related fields
    • Ability to work in both imperial and metric units of measurement

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $6156
Student Union Fee $111
College Initiative Fee $102
Student Union Health Plan Fee $292
U-Pass Fee $410
Other Costs $300 deposit
$40 - Graduation Fees
$123 - Campus Resource Fee
$750 - Approximate Textbooks & Supplies
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.


For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

B.C.'s growing construction and architecture sector is in need of certified architectural technicians, civil/structural technicians, and steel detailing technicians. VCC's citation, certificate and degree programs teach students the latest CAD and BIM software, as well as the important critical thinking skills needed to succeed as a technician.

Attend an info session to participate in hands-on software demonstrations, learn about the importance of CAD and BIM technologies, and hear about the exciting projects that VCC grads have worked on. 

Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.

 





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Program Highlights

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

(DRFT 1010) CAD Drafting Fundamentals
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4 credits
(DRFT 1011) CAD Drafting Applied
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3 credits
(DRFT 1012) Office and Construction Site Safety
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1 credits
(DRFT 1013) Construction Mathematics
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1 credits


Term 2

(DRFT 1290) Structural Steel Fabrication Codes and Standards
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1 credits
(DRFT 1291) Introduction to Steel Detailing
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1 credits
(DRFT 1292) Structural Bolting and Welding
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1 credits
(DRFT 1293) Industrial and Commercial Basic Framing
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4 credits
(DRFT 1294) Connection and Layout Geometry
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2 credits
(DRFT 1295) Detailing of Inclined Components
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4 credits
(DRFT 1296) Miscellaneous Metals Detailing
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2 credits


Term 3

(DRFT 1326) Job Search Skills
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0.5 credits  course outline
(DRFT 1352) Steel Trusses
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2.0 credits
(DRFT 1370) Technical Communications
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1 credits
(DRFT 1380) AutoCAD 3D and Assemblies
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2 credits
(DRFT 1391) Introduction to BIM Software
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3 credits
(DRFT 1392) Working with BIM Software
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3 credits
(DRFT 1393) Heavy Structural Steel Framing
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4.5 credits