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Overview

Learn to size, install, test, adjust and service natural gas and propane equipment ranging from residential furnaces to industrial boilers.

If you like to work independently, with your hands and enjoy diagnosing problems, you'll enjoy a career as a gasfitter. You'll repair and extend gas mains and install, repair and service pipes and fittings between mains and buildings.

Following codes, regulations and accepted safety practices, you will:

  • determine the size and type of pipe, equipment, appliances and devices to use
  • test, identify and select the correct piping and related materials
  • measure, cut, thread and assemble pipe using tools such as pipe cutters, pipe threading machines and pipe vices
  • install vents and flues, and connect gas-consuming appliances such as ranges, dryers barbecues, furnaces, boilers, space heaters, radiant and forced air heaters
  • test and replace defective equipment or components,
  • start-up and adjust new or repaired equipment
  • prepare reports.

As a gasfitter, you may also install and repair underground gas mains and distribution pipes, respond to calls about escaping gas, assist in the investigation of gas fires and explosions, convert motor vehicles or appliances to use other fuels (e.g. propane or natural gas) and install and service propane and natural gas filling stations.

In Alberta, gasfitter journeypersons may specialize with a class A or class B certification.

  • Gasfitter – Class A is responsible for work on appliances and devices exceeding 400,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs).
  • Gasfitter – Class B is responsible for work on residential furnaces and industrial boilers that do not exceed 400,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs). 

This is a compulsory trade - to work in this trade you need to hold a recognized trade certificate to be a registered apprentice. 

Is this right for me?

Students who have the following characteristics see greater success in this trade:

  • coordination and manual dexterity
  • the ability to work at heights
  • the strength, stamina, and ability to use proper lifting techniques to lift items weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
  • good vision
  • the ability to work as part of a team and communicate with ground crews, usually using hand signals and voice communication
  • a commitment to safe work habits.

Credentials

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training. This is a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada. 

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Career opportunities

Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice or gain experience with our Pre-Employment Pipetrades program. Gasfitters employed by utility companies repair and extend gas mains, and install, repair and service pipes and fittings between mains and buildings. Those employed by propane distributors install and service propane vaporizers, temporary heating equipment, propane metering and dispensing equipment, and propane pumping equipment. Gasfitters employed by mechanical and service companies install and maintain piping and appliances in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

After becoming a journeyperson, you may advance to supervisory positions or take on new apprentices. Some journeypersons go on to run their own crane rental businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.

$24 - $38
Average hourly wage
3
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $1033.92
Year 2: $1033.92
Year 3: $1033.92

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

When can you apply?

  • Registration for apprenticeship intakes opens August 2020

Admission and completion

To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.

Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.


Minimum requirements
Successful completion of the following courses:

  • English 10-2
  • Math 10-3

OR

A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests

OR

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam


Recommended Path
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 20 OR Chemistry 20 OR Science 20
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses

How to register

Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services
1.800.248.4823
tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Suite 200 Willow Park Centre   
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE 
Calgary, AB

After you register

Email is the primary source of communication after you have registered for your intake. Please ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Courses

Apprentices in this trade will spend 3 years (four 12-month periods) of on-the-job training and technical training at SAIT. Technical training will be 8 weeks each year.

Find an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice
Apply as an apprentice with AIT and your employer 
Sign contract and receive record book
Written entrance examination or get approved for previous transcripts
Gasfitter Class A
Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1560 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend first period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass first period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1560 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend second period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass second period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete third period of on-the-job training (1560 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend third period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT
Pass third period Trade Qualification Exam
Become a Journeyperson 
Write and pass the Interprovincial Qualification Exam
Gasfitter - Class B
Complete first period of on-the-job training (1560 hours) 
Register at SAIT
Attend first period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass first period Trade Qualification Exam 
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1560 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend second period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass second period Trade Qualification Exam 
Become a Journeyperson
Write and pass the Interprovincal Qualification Exam

Technical Training Performance 

To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

Class A

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Lab & Material fees 2020/21 total
1 $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92
2 $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92
3 $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92
4 $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92

Class B

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Lab & Material fees 2020/21 total
1 $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92
2 $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92

SAIT Fees

Student support fee: $25.00 
Student technology fee: $25.00

Books and supplies*

  • Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
  • It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Wellness centre

Membership to the SAIT Wellness centre - including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetteball courts and eight room is available to apprentices at a discounted rate.

Financial planning tool

Our apprenticeship cost calculator can help you make a financial plan by identifying and adding up your expected expenses while attending SAIT — find out exactly how much money you need to save, seek or borrow to get you through your studies.

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.info@sait.ca

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