Science and Tech Students

Aluminum Boat Building

  • Program Length 
    30 Weeks
  • Credential 
  • Location Offered 

The Aluminum Boat Building Certificate Program

We are currently not accepting applications for this program.

This program provides the student with fabrication and aluminum welding skills with a specialty in alumimum boat building. The areas focused on are: Work Practices and Procedures; Introduction and Program Orientation - Theory; Aluminum Characteristics; Gas Metal Arc Welding - Theory; Gas Metal Arc Welding - Practical; Aluminum Welding, Aluminum Fabrication; Aluminum Boat Building.

The students will be evaluated using written exams, assignments and practical work projects. Students must achieve 70% to be successful.

Aluminum Boat Building

BOAT 100T - (Work Practices and Procedures)

BOAT 102T - (Introduction and Program Orientation - Theory)

BOAT 110T - (Aluminum Characteristics)

BOAT 112T - (Gas Metal Arc Welding - Theory)

BOAT 113T - (Gas Metal Arc Welding - Practical)

BOAT 120T - (Aluminum Welding)

BOAT 130T - (Aluminum Fabrication)

BOAT 140T - (Aluminum Boat Assembly)

All program courses must be successfully completed before certificates will be issued.

Completion Requirements

Students must achieve a 70% average on all written and practical exams and assignments.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Notes on Admission

  • Adequate vision, and free from respiratory ailments.
  • Physically suited to the trade.
  • Applicants who do not possess the minimum educational requirements may substitute two years related work experience approved by the Program Coordinator in lieu of educational requirements.

The Aluminum Boat Building Program gives graduates a marketable skill set in aluminum fabrication and welding. There are several aluminum boat manufacturers in the West Coast region. Aluminum welding and fabrication skills are not common and the demand for these skills is high. Graduates from this program are able to move into entry-level positions with aluminum boat builders or other fabrication shops specializing in aluminum construction.

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.



Tuition (5 months x $470.40 per month)


Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)


Student Services fee (4.42% of tuition)


VIU Students' Union fee (6 months x $20.90 per month)


Books and supplies (approximate cost)


Lab fee (Lab fees are non-refundable)





All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus Options
Testing Required
Admissions Assistant

Name: Darlene Norby
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2594

Chair Contact

Name: Michael Hallam
Phone: 250-748-4529 ext. 3703

Previous versions of this program can be found in the Program Archive.