Short Term Programs

Women in Trades (WIT)


Career Description

Women are in trades. Whether they are electricians, welders, mine technicians, power engineers, or in other areas in the trade industry, they all needed to get started somewhere. Often times this was done by trial and error, let’s change that together.

This type of work is best suited for people who like to work with their hands, enjoy working outdoors, and working as a member of a construction team.

Program Description

This  program is designed to prepare women in the for employment in the Industrial Trades. The training will focus on engaging the students with hands-on project work, providing entry level skills required for employment in the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Trade, and other Trades such as: Welder, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and associated trades and technologies.

Admission Requirements


Academic Requirements

One of the following: Grade 10 with Math, ABE 10, GED

Mature Admission:

21-years-of-age or older

Any applicant under special admission is subject to a CAAT Assessment


Non-Academic Requirements

Must have good communication and interpersonal skills, good mechanical interest and aptitude, an interest in working outdoors and in remote areas, and be physically fit.

Preference will be given to those who have a valid class 5 driver’s license,


Industry Requirements

Must have good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity and physical agility, be able to work at heights and in confined spaces, and lifting of heavy materials.

Industrial Mechanics may work with heavy equipment and around moving machinery.

Applicants may be required to pass a medical prior to employment. Many employers require drug testing.

Delivery Method

Over a sixteen (16) week period students enrolled in this program expect to attend 30 hours/week of classes.

The breakdown:

40% in class

60% hands on training

Additional at home independent learning is not needed but can help with your education.

Tuition and Fees

Dependent on location.

Students can expect to pay little to no fees depending on location and circumstances involved in training. (sponsors, LFD)


WIIT 100 – Work Readiness

WIIT 110  -Communications

WIIT 120 – Career Opportunities in the Resource Sector

WIIT 130 – Math Basics for Industry

WIIT 200 – Introduction to Welding/Cutting

WIIT 210 – Introduction to Industrial Mechanics

WIIT 220 – Job Site Safety

WIIT 230 – Job Placement

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass all courses.

A Pass/Fail grading system will be used in evaluating the skills learned.

Attendance Policy

You must attend class regularly and maintain 90% attendance throughout the program to meet graduation requirements.

Apprenticeship Requirements

Instructors, program coordinators will help students identify the necessary steps for apprenticeship when a student has chosen a field in industry.

For more information about designated trades, click here.

Career Posibilities

Graduates will be prepared for entry level employment in the trades and technologies common to the resources and industrial sectors.  Areas of potential employment include mining, processing, surveying, oil and mineral exploration and extraction, industrial manufacturing, maintenance, and support services.

Almost all of these employment Opportunities are in Heavy Industry. Candidates must be prepared to move to where the work is.

International Students

SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.

English Language Benchmark

SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

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