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Steamfitter/Pipefitter: Apprenticeship


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  • Training Level
    Apprenticeship
  • Tuition Estimate
    Weekly tuition is approximately $110 per week.
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Average Cost Range: $45 to $200; Contact: 604.456.8100 for details
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    BCIT Apprentice Services: 604-456-8100 or 1-800-667-0676 (Canada & US only). Email apprentice@bcit.ca

Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted year round. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application Fee: N/A

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 01
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Level: 02
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Level: 03
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Level: 04
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This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Steamfitter / Pipefitter

ITA Source: 'Steamfitter / Pipefitter' profile.


Description

Steamfitters/Pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, repair and service equipment and piping systems carrying water, steam, fluids, gases, chemicals and fuel in various systems such as heating, cooling, lubricating and process piping systems. 

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The technical training is made up of four levels. Levels One and Two are 7 weeks (210 hours) each. Levels Three and Four are 8 weeks (240 hours) each. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, online, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 6,300 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves just over 210 weeks of training.

For details about the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative and recent changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN 2018 003.1 .

Training Content

Modules of training are:
  • Perform Safety Related Functions
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Perform Routine Trade Activities
  • Perform Layout and Installation of Piping and Components
  • Perform Fabrication
  • Use Communication Techniques
  • Install Heat Tracing Systems
  • Install Hydronic Systems
  • Install Steam Systems
  • Install Industrial Water and Waste Systems
  • Apply Electrical Concepts
  • Plan Gas-Fired Systems Installations
  • Install:
  • --Fuel Systems
  • --Medical Gas Systems
  • --Process Piping Systems
  • --Hydraulic Systems
  • --Compressed Air and Pneumatic Systems
  • --Heat Recovery Systems
  • --Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems (HVACR)
  • --Specialty Systems
  • Perform Commissioning
  • Install Marine Systems
  • Install Backflow Prevention

Pre-requisites

Recommended

Grade 12 or equivalent, including
  • English 12
  • Algebra 11 or Trades Math 11
  • Physics 11 or Science & Technology 11

Red Seal Endorsement

The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.

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