Metal Fabricator (Fitter) Trade Regulations

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Metal Fabricator (Fitter) Trade Regulations
made under Section 29 of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

O.I.C. 2014-17 (January 21, 2014), N.S. Reg. 9/2014



1     These regulations may be cited as the Metal Fabricator (Fitter) Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;


“General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications ActGeneral Regulations made under the Act;


“manufacturing facility” includes a facility in which the manufacture and assemblyof metal parts is carried out before delivery of the parts to the point of finalinstallation;


“metal fabricator (fitter) trade” means the occupation of laying out, cutting, fitting,tacking and fabricating structural steel, plate and miscellaneous metals for use inmanufacturing and construction industries, and consisting of 1 or both of thefollowing:


                         (i)     making and repairing metal parts in a manufacturing facility for use inconstructing buildings, bridges, tanks, towers, boilers, pressure vessels,ships and other structures and products,


                         (ii)    assembling and fitting metal sections and plates together to formcomplete units or sub-units, such as frames, plates, girders and chutes, tobe used later in the assembly process.


       (2)    The definitions contained in the General Regulations apply to these regulations.

Term of apprenticeship for metal fabricator (fitter) trade

3     The term of apprenticeship for the metal fabricator (fitter) trade is 6000 hours of combinedpractical experience and technical training approved by the Director, including aprobationary period of up to 3 months, and a certification examination.

Ratio of apprentices to journeypersons

4     (1)    Subject to subsection (2), an employer in the metal fabricator (fitter) trade mustmaintain a minimum ratio of 1 journeyperson to every 3 apprentices, unless theDirector permits the ratio to be varied in accordance with Section 24 of the GeneralRegulations.


       (2)    In order for an employer to maintain the minimum ratio of 1 journeyperson to every3 apprentices, at least 1 of the apprentices must be in the final year of his or her termof apprenticeship.

Wage schedule for apprentices

5     (1)    Subject to subsection (2), the minimum wage for each hour worked by a metalfabricator (fitter) apprentice is a percentage of the wage for a metal fabricator (fitter)journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Metal Fabricator (Fitter) Apprentice

Hours in Term

of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)










       (2)    An employer must not employ a metal fabricator (fitter) apprentice at a wage foractual hours worked that is lower than the wage that would be paid at the minimumwage rate prescribed in the Minimum Wage Order (General) made under the LabourStandards Code.

Certificate through trade qualification

6     For the purpose of paragraph 30(1)(a)(ii)(B) of the General Regulations, which authorizesthe Director to issue a certificate of qualification in a designated trade to a person whodoes not hold a certificate of apprenticeship in the trade if the person applies and meetscertain requirements, 9000 hours is prescribed as the period of employment required forthe metal fabricator (fitter) trade.


7     A person who, immediately before the coming into force of these regulations, was anapprentice in an apprenticeship program under the trade regulations for the metalfabricator (fitter) trade (formerly known as the steel fabricator (fitter) trade and originallythe metal fabricator trade), N.S. Reg. 128/84, made by the Governor in Council by Orderin Council 84-756 dated June 26, 1984, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeshipprogram under these regulations.