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Piping Trades - Foundation (2018/19)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$3,210.36
Tuition: $2,392.56
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:55.20
Bus Pass Fee:66.60
PVHE-100 Fee:120.00
TDG Fee:40.50
Toolbox Fee:250.00
WHMIS Fee:30.50
Health and Dental Fee:225.00
Total Fees:$817.80

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

This comprehensive 24 week Piping Trades Foundation (pre-apprenticeship) program provides students with the skills, knowledge and training necessary for entry level positions on industrial projects or in manufacturing plants and covers the program competencies for Level 1 of the Apprenticeship Programs for the following trades: Steamfitter/Pipefitter; Plumber; Sprinkler System Installer;

Domestic/Commercial Gasfitter B. Content covered includes preparing and assembling piping components, plumbing components, sprinkler system components and installing and servicing fuel systems. The program is taught through regular lectures and demonstrations, and students are given extensive practical training in a shop setting. Safe work habits are emphasized, reinforced and practiced throughout the program.

Program Information:

Upon successful completion of the 24 week Piping Foundation program, students receive:

  • Level 1 Technical Training credit from the Industry Training Authority of the 4 Level Steamfitter/Pipefitter; Plumber; Sprinkler System Installer; Domestic/Commercial Gasfitter B Apprenticeship programs
  • 375 Work-based Training hours for Steamfitter/Pipefitter; Plumber; Sprinkler System Installer
  • 180 Work-based Training hours for Domestic/Commercial Gasfitter B
  • Certificate of Completion (ITA)
  • College of the Rockies Certificate

Admission Requirements

Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or completion of a College of the Rockies assessment to an acceptable level.

Recommended prerequisites:
The following education is highly recommended for student success within the program:

  • Algebra 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Trades Mathematics 11, or equivalent
  • English 12
  • Physics 11 or Science and Technology 11

Flexible Assessment (FA): Yes (Credit can be awarded for this program through FA)

Prior Learning Credit: Student may apply for prior learning credit with the ITA (Industry Training Authority), please visit www.itabc.ca

Start Dates

Visit our Trades Training Schedule for program start dates

Technical Training Content:

PIPE 101 Safe Work Practices

  • Control Workplace Hazards
  • Describe and use information in the OHS Regulation and WorkSafeBC Standards
  • Describe and use WHMIS and Hazardous Materials Safety
  • Use Personal Protective Equipment
  • Practice Fire Prevention Procedures

PIPE 102 Use Tools and Equipment

  • Use Hand Tools
  • Use Portable Power Tools
  • Use Stationary Power Tools
  • Use Measuring and Levelling Tools
  • Use Cutting, Brazing and Soldering Equipment
  • Use Ladders, Scaffolds and Elevated Work Platforms
  • Use Rigging and Hoisting Equipment

PIPE 103 Organize Work

  • Use Mathematics and Science (including electricity)
  • Read Drawings and Specifications
  • Use Codes, Regulations and Standards
  • Use Manufacturer and Supplier Documentation

PIPE 104 Prepare and Assemble Piping Components

  • Join Pipe
  • Select and Install Valves
  • Select and Install Fittings
  • Describe Methods of Penetrating Structures

PIPE 105 Prepare and Assemble Plumbing Components

  • Install Pipe
  • Install Valves
  • Install Fittings
  • Penetrate Structures

PIPE 106 Prepare and Assemble Sprinkler Components

  • Install Pipe and Fittings
  • Install Valves
  • Penetrate Structures

PIPE 107 Install and Service Fuel Systems

  • Describe the Gas Delivery System
  • Install Piping and Tubing Systems
  • Install and Service Propane Systems

Program Competencies:

Upon the successful completion of this program, students will be able to

  • control workplace hazards;
  • describe occupational health and safety regulations;
  • describe WHMIS and hazardous materials safety;
  • use personal protective equipment;
  • practice fire protection;
  • use hand tools;
  • use ladders, scaffolds and elevated platforms;
  • use cutting brazing and soldering equipment;
  • use measuring and leveling tools;
  • use rigging and hoisting equipment;
  • use portable power tools;
  • use pressure measuring equipment;
  • use oxyacetylene equipment;
  • use stationary power tools;
  • use trade-related mathematics and science (including electricity);
  • read drawings and specifications;
  • use codes, regulations and standards;
  • use manufacturer and supplier documentation;
  • join and install pipe;
  • select and install valves;
  • select and install fittings;
  • install tubing systems;


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