About the program

This dynamic two-year graduate certificate is designed to give students specialized and thorough training in the detailing, supply, fabrication and installation of steel structures and the management and coordination such projects. The training is directly related to industry standards and working conditions within North America and will enable students to develop detailed analytical and communication skills necessary to do detailed drawings for the structural steel industry. Students will learn CAD skills, building information modelling (BIM), building code requirements, specifications and estimating to assist them with challenging projects. Faculty are highly qualified specialists with current and relevant field experience. This program includes one semester of optional co-op with industrial placements Canada-wide or guided career management. Upon graduation, students will find jobs in the structural steel and steel fabrication industries as steel detailers, coordinators and project managers. Graduates of the program will be well sought after by the Steel Plus Network Inc., a North American network of steel fabricators.

This program is available to be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses will be scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening to facilitate students who wish to take the program on a part-time basis while currently employed. Courses may also be scheduled to be delivered on Saturdays. Bridging opportunities are available for trades. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at ssmd@conestogac.on.ca.

Admission requirements

  • Diploma, advanced diploma or degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, technology, or architecture OR
  • A 3 or 4 year degree in another discipline with one or more courses in mathematics

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL PBT 580 with a TWE of 4.5 or iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; CAAT D AT 65%; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the graduate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS
  • Computer literacy and a working knowledge of MS Windows, word processing, and spreadsheets are expected.
  • Courses or equivalent experience in design or computer aided design are an asset.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Submit proof of Admission Requirements. Review Apply to a Program to learn how.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment and ranking of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

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Graduate opportunities

Upon graduation, students may find jobs in the structural steel and steel fabrication industries as steel detailers, coordinators and project managers. Graduates of the program will be well sought after by the Steel Plus Network Inc., a North American network of steel fabricators

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Program outcomes

  • Apply business and industry best practices to manage projects related to structural steel fabrication
  • Evaluate the time and resources required and set priorities to accomplish specific tasks leading to successful project completion
  • Participate effectively in a team environment, demonstrate the ability to work as a team member and contribute to project management goals
  • Communicate the identified tasks in written and graphical form to both internal team members and external stakeholders
  • Interpret the intent of contract and design documentation to recognize critical information, identify missing information and clarify project scope and technical requirements
  • Use appropriate modelling software and application methods to prepare shop drawings of steel members, connectors and erection drawings for action by the tradesperson building the structure
  • Examine the relationship between structural steel and other construction components such as reinforced concrete and reinforcing steel, cladding, pipe racks and guard rails
  • Use computer applications to create and apply surveying data used in the fabrication and installation of structural steel projects
  • Recognize and apply relevant codes, rules and industry standard practices to structural steel shop drawings
  • Apply the principles of statics and strength of materials to identify loading paths and verify loading conditions for structural members and connections
  • Estimate cost of steel work by calculating a bill of materials and developing a project delivery plan based on contract documents
Continuing Education

Mark your calendar for our registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Fall registration: Opens July 24, 2023
Winter registration: Opens November 27, 2023