The Pre-Employment Pipetrades program is designed to offer an alternate route to those looking to enter into the pipe trades.

You will learn to lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes. You will learn the skills needed to become a Gasfitter, Plumber or Steamfitter-Pipefitter. 

For plumbing, you will learn how to plan, install and service plumbing systems, fixtures, piping equipment, and controls. These piping systems may be used to transport water, waste, gases or hot liquids.

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 involved, and the training that is required. You will learn to install a typical piping system in a commercial building or industrial plant, study blueprints, drawings, and specifications to determine the type of pipe and tools to use, and lay out the sequence of tasks.

For Gasfitting, you will learn to set up propane equipment ranging from residential furnaces to industrial boilers. Gasfitters employed by utility companies repair and extend gas mains and install, repair, and service pipes and fittings between mains and buildings.

After you successfully complete this program, you may choose to continue your training as an apprentice. Once indentured by an employer, you may register for one of the following apprenticeship programs offered at SAIT. 

You may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year apprenticeship.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT pre-employment certificate. 


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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

people icon 100% graduate employment rate

salary icon $43,212 average starting salary

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Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.


Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

Services and workshops


The Pre-Employment Pipetrades certificate requires 12 credits (6 courses) to complete.

Course Credits

The Calculations and Science consists of the folowing topics: applied calculations, perimeters, areas, percentages and grade, volumes and capacities, piping offsets, matter, density and relative density, pressure and atmosphere, and principles of electricity.


The Drawings & Specifications course consists of the following topics: sketching and drawing, single line drawing and drawing interpretation.


The Equipment and Materials course covers the various hand and power tools used in the Pipe Trade industry. Topics included in the course are hand tools, power tools, welded pipe and fittings, plastic pipe and tube, threaded and grooved pipe, tube and tubing, valves, hangers, supports and fasteners, pressure testing and pumps.


The Pipe Shop course engages students with a variety of projects designed to apply their knowledge. The topics included in this course are safety, fabrication, welding, assembling and testing of piping, tubing systems, and components.


The Safety and Rigging is a theory course which consists of the following topics; safety legislation, regulations and practices ensuring safe work, climbing, lifting, rigging and hoisting, hazardous materials and fire protection, apprenticeship training program, pipe trade codes and electrical safety.


The Metal Fabrication course consists of welding safety, welding, brazing, and soldering.



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.

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Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and have successfully completed the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Math 20-3 AND,
  • English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 20-2, AND,
  • Science 10

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.


Academic Upgrading

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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Available intakes

Winter 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Closed
  • Application deadline: Oct. 26, 2023
Domestic students: Waitlisted
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2024

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024


2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.

Domestic students

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 0.5* $5,796 $157 $5,953
Total cost:
*Less than a full semester of 16 weeks.

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

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

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • CSA-approved eye protection
  • CSA-approved steel toe boots
  • Gloves (standard work gloves of your choice, leather gauntlet style for hot work) 

Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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Canada Alberta Job Grant icon

This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.

Application process

Ready to apply?

Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Communication during admission

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. We recommend you add the construction.advising@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.


Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

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