Connections 1

Course Description

The effective designing of steel connections is a crucial element in the construction of steel framed structures. This self-paced, online course will help you develop the right skills to better understand the origin of the rules and standards used to design steel connections in the steel industry, as well as the basic design principles. Additionally, it will provide a thorough understanding of simple welded and bolted connections suitable for fabrication.

This course is the first in a two level series. It is made up of 20 modules and contains 40 hours of video instruction, course notes and references, as well as an exam. Once the course is completed, and with a score of 60% or higher on the final exam, a Certificate of Completion is issued to the learner.

This course was based on CSA S16-09. Those who practice in a jurisdiction where a later version of CSA S16 has been adopted or is expected to be adopted in the near future are encouraged to enroll in its later edition.

Duration 40 hours (20 modules) | Fee $1125.00 | 4.0 CEUs


This 40 hours course (20 modules) is the first in a two level series intended to develop the skills necessary for the design of steel connections as related to the construction of steel-framed structures.

The objective of this course is to assist steel industry personnel in their understanding of basic connection design principles, and to design simple welded and bolted connections suitable for fabrication. They will also understand the origin of the rules and standards used in the steel industry. The scope of the course is limited to connections normally encountered in common types of steel building structures and does not include connections in Seismic Force Resisting Systems.

This training also has the following goals:

  • apply the major principles of the static forces and strength of materials in connection design
  • recognize and apply the properties and characteristics of steel
  • use the appropriate connecting elements (bolts and welds)
  • develop curiosity and critical judgment

Topics include high strength bolts, welds, tension members, bolted shear connections and welded shear connections.

  • steel detailers with a desire to understand concepts and do simple design
  • junior steel fabrication engineers and steel designers new to connection design
  • college instructors involved in teaching steel detailing courses

Registration in this course includes access to the recorded sessions for four months.

Each student will be able to download a PDF file containing the course slides which the student will be able to print.

Each student will be able to download ZIP files containing the supplementary course notes, homework exercises and solutions to the homework exercises.

The course leader will set and the mark final exam.

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