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Steamfitter/Pipefitter: Apprenticeship


  • Training Level
    Apprenticeship
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    Judy Kolesar 250.489.8219 or
    1.877.489.2687 Loc 3216
    Email kolesar@cotr.bc.ca

Application Deadline Advice

Admission is based upon a first qualified, first-admitted principle which is based on the date and time the applicant meets all admission requirements. Early application is therefore recommended.

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).

Contact COTR for the next opening.

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 install, alter or repair steam and hot water boilers and systems for the generation and conveyance of steam and hot water and process piping systems in industrial project or manufacturing plants.

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

The technical training is made up of four levels totaling 26 weeks. Levels One, Two and Three are 6 weeks each. Level Four is 8 weeks. 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, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 5620 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves just over 187 weeks of training.

Training Content

Modules of training are:
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Organize Work
  • Prepare and Assemble Piping Components
  • Install Hydronic Heating and Cooling
  • Perform Layout, Fabrication and Installation
  • Special Application Systems
  • Water Supply
  • Install Natural Gas and Propane Systems

Pre-requisites

Recommended

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • 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 57 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.

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Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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