The UBC Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Student Chapter toured two steel manufacturing facilities to celebrate International Steel Day. Pacific Bolt Co. and George Third & Son both opened the doors of their shops to help students understand the benefits and challenges of supplying structural steel for some of Vancouver’s largest projects.

Our first stop at Pacific Bolt started with an amazing smoked BBQ lunch followed by a tour of their shop. We were shown the process of heating, forming, and threading various high capacity bolts for highways, bridges, and other large projects.


At George Third & Son, we learned about some of the unique projects they have taken on in the past, including the production of the 60’ tall decorative steel trees at 57th Avenue and Granville Street and the riveting of a 6” diameter steel shackle pin for a US Navy aircraft carrier. In the shop, we were shown some of the completed beams for an ongoing project to manufacture the structural steel beams for a custom home in Burnaby.


We thank Pacific Bolt Co. and George Third & Son for welcoming us into their shops and teaching us about the work they do!