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Pre-Employment Pipetrades

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

Length: 12 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn about plumbing, steamfitting/pipefitting, gasfitting, blueprint reading and safety through hands-on classes that cover all the course materials found in the first-year of pipe trades. Grads are eligible to write the first-year trade qualification apprenticeship exam. 

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $4,986

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

Full costs

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019. 
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Winter 2021 April 6, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

Program Details

Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Program Description

This 12-week pre-employment program comprises the first period of the corresponding apprentice program that SAIT currently offers in this trade. The program trains individuals 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. Steamfitter- Pipefitter is a pipe trade that deals with the installation, maintenance and repair of piping systems, but differs from other pipe trades in relation to where the work is performed, the types of piping that are involved and the training that is required. To install a typical piping system in a commercial building or industrial plant, a Steamfitter- Pipefitter will study blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the type of pipe and tools to use, and lay out the sequence of tasks. Heavy lifting may be required.

Credentials and Accreditation

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for the first-year Apprenticeship.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Rocky Mountain College

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Contact

Have questions about this specific program?

Contact the School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.info@sait.ca 

Admission Requirements

  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications are accepted March 30, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 20-1, Math 20-2, Math 20-3, Pure Math 20, or Applied Math 20, AND,
  • English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 20-2, AND
  • Science 10
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 4) is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Pipetrades and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Program Outline

View additional Pre-Employment Pipetrades program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Course Code Course Name Credits
APPH 202 Calculations and Science 1.5
BLPR 232 Drawings and Specifications 1.5
EMTL 214 Equipment and Materials 3.0
PIPE 215 Pipe Shop 3.0
SFTY 202 Safety and Rigging 1.5
WFAB 201 Metal Fabrication 1.5
Total Credits 12.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 4,800 $186 - - $ 4,986

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $86
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $50
Student technology fee: $50

Books and supplies*

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

    Next steps for incoming students

    Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

    Important dates and deadlines

    Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

    Important Dates

    Fall 2020

    Orientation date

    Tenatively Sept. 8th

    Delivery 

    This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

    How to register for classes

    You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

    Computers and laptops

    This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

    Required equipment/tools

    • Solid Wi-Fi connection at home

    Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

    • CSA steel toe boots
    • Safety glasses
    • Hard hat
    • Gloves

    Preparation courses

    To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 145:  Orientation for Apprentices and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

    Required textbooks

    You’ll receive more details about your textbooks 4-6 weeks before the start of classes.

    Contact 

    Phone: 403.284.8367

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