Canada’s Steel Construction Modelling Program, Steel Detailing Technician, Produces Job-Ready Employees in 10 Months

In today’s competitive steel industry, you need hard-working junior steel detailers competent in steel detailing knowledge with skills in the latest 3D modelling software, right now.  You can’t afford to spend enormous amounts of time and money training graduates from other disciplines.  Vancouver Community College has been filling this need for decades, producing well-trained steel detailers ready for the job from Day One.

Evolving along with industry, we are changing the name of our Steel Detailing program to Steel Construction Modelling to reflect our major focus on 3D modelling.

Steel Construction Modelling (Steel Detailing Technician) has been a standout program in VCC’s CAD and BIM department for over 50 years.  We are proud to be the only steel detailing training program in Canada, and we have produced thousands of proficient steel detailers, many of whom are now top personnel in our industry.


The Program

The 10-month Steel Construction Modelling certificate runs September to June.  Students are immersed in basic drafting skills using AutoCAD (provided by Autodesk), before moving into the steel construction modelling specialty.

We consult with our Program Advisory Committee, made of successful steel detailing companies and fabricators in the Metro Vancouver area.  With their help, we are able to keep our course content relevant and current to present industry methodology.

The Steel Construction Modelling program takes students through traditional steel detailing, creating various steel detailing drawings.  They learn the necessary skills while learning about bolting, welding, working with the CISC Steel Construction Handbook and fabricator standards.  Students apply these skills in class on various commercial and industrial projects.


Our Graduates Are Ready for Your Job

Our Steel Construction Modelling graduates are in high demand, receiving multiple employment offers from across Canada and the US.  Employers tell us our graduates are more than job-ready.  They demonstrate strong steel detailing knowledge paired with competent expertise in Tekla Structures.  Less in-house training is required from job start, and this is a significant savings on your company’s training resources.


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