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Pursuing a Career in Steel Detailing

Considering steel detailing as your chosen career, but would like more information? For education requirements, employment opportunities and how to get started, check out the career profile on the TechWORKS! web site.

You've recently graduated from a recognized drafting program and are working for a steel detailing firm, you can now apply for registration with ASTTBC as an ASSOCIATE STEEL DETAILER (ASD). This will get you started on becoming fully certified as a professional steel detailer.

Once you are registered as an ASD with ASTTBC, you will receive a Career Log to document your work experience.

Already an ASD?

To meet the certification requirements as a CERTIFIED STEEL DETAILER (CSD) you need to acquire a minimum of three (3) years relevant experience and complete three (3) intermediate level steel detailing or related courses such as:

CAD or Steel Detailing Graphics Programs
Math: Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry
Basic building construction
Statics and strength of materials
Stress analysis
Engineering survey
Already certified as a CSD?
You may wish to pursue certification as a REGISTERED STEEL DETAILER (RSD). To take this next step, you need to complete two (2) more courses: 'Connection Design' and 'Welding Fundamentals' or have a minimum of five (5) years relevant experience and complete four (4) advanced level courses such as:
Structural design
Technical writing
Business communications
Construction documents and contracts
Construction contract law
All of the courses listed above, except 'Connection Design' and 'Welding Fundamentals', are available at BCIT; equivalent courses may also be found at other colleges in BC.
The 'Connection Design' course is available through SDIBC and 'Welding Fundamentals' is sponsored by the Canadian Welding Bureau.
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