Pre-Engineered Building Erector

Pre-Engineered Building Erector



Pre-Engineered building erectors fabricate, construct and join scaffolding, and erect pre-engineered buildings. They are limited to work on one-storey, steel framed buildings generally referred to pre-engineered buildings.

In general, steel erectors:

  • Read blueprints, plan workflow and unload and organize steel units
  • Prepare scaffolding, hoisting equipment and rigging to move materials
  • attach cables and direct crane operators
  • Position steel units, check alignment and join steel parts by bolting them

Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Canada’s Building Trades Unions


Note: Additional training and/or certification may be required.


Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience:

  • Construction contractors
  • Commercial construction
  • Industrial construction

Other Conditions: travel, outdoors

Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook, Manitoba Prospects, and Canada’s Building Trades Unions


If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Pre-Engineered Building Erector may be right for you!

  • Do you have good communication skills?
  • Do you have mechanical ability?
  • Do you feel comfortable working at heights?
  • Are you willing to travel for work?
  • Do you like working outdoors?
  • Could you read plans and blueprints, visualizing a layout?


The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones:


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and Journey Persons for Pre-Engineered Building Erector:

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$53,071 – $58,968

For more information on apprenticeship wages, click here

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career:

Minimum Wage Rate

January 1, 2017 or after

Journey Persons



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprenticeship Manitoba or visit

Pre-Engineered Building Erector

Program Length (Minimum Years)

2 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours 

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 9 weeks Y2: 10 weeks 

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

3 years

Minimum hours experience required

5,400 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available



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