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Steamfitter Pipefitter

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Length: 4 periods Credential: Apprenticeship Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Overview

Learn to lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes. 

If you like to work with your hands at physically demanding tasks independently, you will enjoy a career as a steamfitter-pipefitter. 

To install a typical piping system in a commercial building or industrial plant, you will study blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the type of pipe and tools to use and layout the sequence of tasks.

During your career, you will sometimes make detailed sketches for pipe and equipment fabrication and installation. You will measure, cut, thread, groove, bend, assemble and install metal, plastic and fibreglass pipes, valves and fittings, join pipe sections, related equipment and secure in position and use testing equipment to check systems for leaks.

You may also remove and replace worn components, do general maintenance work and may work on plant shut-downs.

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

Is this the right fit for me?

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

  • manual dexterity
  • mechanical aptitude
  • the ability to read and understand complex instructions
  • the ability to do careful and exact work
  • a commitment to safe working conditions

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.

Steamfitter Pipefitters are 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 get training in our Pre-Employment Pipetrades program. You will work both indoors and outdoors at physically demanding tasks that often require climbing. As a steamfitter–pipefitters, you will likely be employed by pipeline construction contractors and sub-contractors, thermal or steam generating plants, manufacturers, utility companies, oil refineries, gas plants, pulp mills and chemical plants.

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

$35 - $45
Average hourly wage
4
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $1,168.72
Year 2: $1,168.72
Year 3: $1,168.72
Year 4: $1,168.72

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Registration for the 2021/22 academic year opens on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

How to register

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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 20-2
  • Math 20-3
  • Science 10

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 30 OR Chemistry 30 OR Science 30
  • 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

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Training

The term of apprenticeship for a steamfitter pipefitter is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.

training pathways

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*

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees 2021/22 total
1 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
2 $899 $197.50 $71.92 $1,168.72
3 $899 $197.50 $71.92 $1,168.72
4 $899 $197.50 $71.92 $1,168.72

SAIT Fees

Campus recreation fee: $45.80
Lab and material fee: $77
Student support fee: $37.50
Student technology fee:
$37.50

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.

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Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.info@sait.ca

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