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Steel Detailer - Levels 1,2,3

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Steel detailers are specialized technicians who make detailed shop or fabrication drawings that a steel fabricator or welder uses to manufacture girders, beams, columns, stairways and other steel components of buildings and structures.

The steel detailer interprets the fabrication requirements for structural steel components using engineering drawings, specifications, industry and government codes, and the directions of engineers and architects. The detailer then makes the shop drawings and related instructions a steel fabricator will use to manufacture the components.

The steel detailer must be familiar with drafting and industry standard CAD (Computer-Aided Drafting) applications including 3D modelling software. They also require a high degree of expertise in the use of personal computers including standard office software and file management, and networking related to file transfer and sharing.

Those authorized to perform the restricted activities of this designated trade include:

  • Sponsored Apprentices,
  • Certified Journeypersons
  • Individuals deemed qualified by their employer, and
  • Self-Employed individuals.

For complete information, see Restricted Activities and Classes of Individuals.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Trades Qualifier

You can earn a Journeyperson Certificate based on:

Recognized Training

The requirements for a Steel Detailer (All Levels) are:

  • ONE of the below:
    • A recognized credential similar to the Steel Detailer trade, indicating the level, issued from another jurisdiction, OR
    • Registrar letter from the National Institute of Steel Detailing (NSID), indicating the level.

Program Credit

Category Information

Supporting Resources

Description / Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Competency Outline Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.


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