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The Foundation to Your Future

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The Piping Foundation program prepares students for entry-level employment in the piping trades: plumbing, steamfitting, gasfitting, and sprinklerfitting. By experiencing all four trade specialties, students will be prepared to make an informed decision about which career path best suits them if they decide to pursue an apprenticeship. The knowledge of various piping trades also increases their employment opportunities.

Plumbing - Plumbers work with domestic hot and cold water, drainage systems, and hydronic heating systems. Many plumbers hold gas tickets because of the widespread use of natural gas in British Columbia. All plumbing work in Canada is closely regulated. Accordingly, plumbers must become familiar with the National Building Code, the BC Plumbing Code and municipal bylaws and amendments.

Steamfitting - Steamfitters/pipefitters install, alter, maintain and repair piping systems that convey low and high pressure steam, hot water, air, fuel gases, fuel and finely divided solids. Steamfitters/pipefitters are employed in thermal and hydro power plants, mines, chemical and industrial plants, petroleum refineries, pulp and paper mills, dairies, schools, apartment and office buildings, hospitals, shopping malls, laundries, ships, shipyards and oil drilling platforms.

Gasfitting - Domestic/commercial Gas Fitters design, install, repair and maintain gas fired appliances, equipment and distribution piping systems. Advances in modern appliance controls technology require gasfitters to develop strong electrical, computer and trouble shooting skills. They may work in new construction, or be installing systems in existing buildings that are being upgraded.

Sprinklerfitting - Sprinklerfitters/sprinkler system installers install, alter and repair automatic, deluge or open sprinklers; foam, fog and carbon dioxide systems; wet or dry standpipes; inside first aid and hose pipe systems, private fire hydrant systems, fire pumps and all related equipment. They also install and repair outside services when those services are used for fire protection. They may work in new construction, or be installing systems in existing buildings that are being upgraded.

The Program

Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop practice enable students to become competent in basic tasks in each of the four piping areas: plumbing, steamfitting, gasfitting and sprinklerfitting.

Plumbers, steamfitters, sprinklerfitters and gasfitters must be able to work at heights and in enclosed spaces. Good physical condition is necessary. Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the Institute's rehabilitation specialist, 604-451-6963.

Piping trades people must have mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, and the ability to read and understand complex instructions and to do careful and exacting work. They need to be comfortable with a wide range of power tools, machines and equipment, and must be prepared to learn about new developments in their trade.

Program Entry

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must review the Student Introductory Letter and meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

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BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$400 (general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0730–1400, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  PIPE 1100 Safe Work Practices for Piping Trades 2.0
  PIPE 1110 Piping Tools and Equipment 14.0
  PIPE 1120 Organize Work in the Piping Trades 18.0
  PIPE 1130 Prepare and Assemble Piping Components 18.0
 
Total Credits: 52.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

26 weeks, full-time

Grading

In order to successfully pass a course, a minimum grade of 70% is required.

Attendance Requirement

A student who is absent for any cause, for more than 5% of the prescribed total program time unless prior authorization has been granted by the chief instructor, may be prohibited from completing the program.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Program structure

The program is divided into:

  • Shop demonstration and practice
  • Classroom lectures and assignments
  • Student self directed studies

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation or Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) program. This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Piping Foundation prepares students for entry-level employment in the piping trades. Upon successful completion of the program, students may seek employment as apprentices. The employment outlook for graduates of the Piping program is very good.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 Graduates. The reports are organized into two-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

If after reviewing the information on our web pages you still have questions regarding our program, please contact any one of us. It would be our pleasure to help you with additional information.

Ron Stewart

Ron Stewart, Chief Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-432-8420
E: ron_stewart@bcit.ca

 
Mick Bryant

Mick Bryant, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4937
E: mick_bryant@bcit.ca

 

Tim Carson, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-453-4067
E: tim_carson@bcit.ca

 

Steve Gilles, Instructor
Plumbing I.P.,
T: 604-456-1225
E: sgilles8@bcit.ca

 
Bill Johnston

Bill Johnston, Instructor
M.Ed., C.I.P.E., Steamfitting I.P.,
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1225
E: bill_johnston@bcit.ca

 
Michael Lesperance

Michael Lesperance, Technician
T: 604-451-6991
E: michael_lesperance@bcit.ca

 
Karl Lutsch

Karl Lutsch, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-412-7535
E: karl_lutsch@bcit.ca

 
Eric MacKay

Eric MacKay, Support Staff
T: 604-432-8962
E: eric_mackay@bcit.ca

 
Mark Overgaard

Mark Overgaard, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4900
E: mark_overgaard@bcit.ca

 
Dale Pfaff

Dale Pfaff, Instructor
M.Ed., C.I.P.E., Plumbing I.P.,
Sprinklerfitting I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-451-7116
E: dale_pfaff@bcit.ca

 

Lyle Reid, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1226
E: lyle_reid@bcit.ca

 
Rob Stiener

Rob Steiner, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4959
E: rob_steiner@bcit.ca

 
Brian Sweet

Brian Sweet, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
T: 604-451-7164
E: brian_sweet@bcit.ca

 
Lorne Sweet

Lorne Sweet, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., Steamfitting I.P.,
"A" Gas Certification,
"B" Welding TQ with PWP7
T: 604-431-4994
E: lorne_sweet@bcit.ca

 
Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-451-6711
E: ryan_thomas@bcit.ca

 
Richard Yoo

Richard Yoo, Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "B" Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4967
E: richard_yoo@bcit.ca

 

Contact Us

Ron Stewart, Chief Instructor
Plumbing I.P., "A" Gas Certification
Tel: 604-432-8420
E-mail: ron_stewart@bcit.ca 

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Testimonial

KLM Mechanical Systems Ltd. has been using BCIT to help us hire new plumbing apprentices for approximately ten years. When we are looking to hire new apprentices, we always start at the BCIT Piping Foundation program. They have always been a great partner in staffing for our Company.

Jim MacGregor
Field Superintendent,
KLM Mechanical Systems Ltd.

Testimonial

"Plumbing is a diversified and continuously changing field. BCIT's shop is very well equipped with the latest technology, while excellent instructors provide the instruction. I received the skills I needed to open up my own business as a plumber and gas fitter. I recommend BCIT's Plumbing program."

Jeff Small
President, Benchmark Mech. Ltd.,
BCIT Plumbing Graduate

Career video featuring Jeff Small.

Testimonial

"Taking the BCIT Piping Foundation Program was the first step in a major career change for me. I entered the program completely green to the industry and graduated with job ready skills that landed me a great apprenticeship opportunity. Every aspect of the curriculum equipped me with the knowhow to succeed. Day one on the job site I was handed tools and tasks that I was completely familiar with and able to perform. These skill set is what I continue to utilize and develop everyday on the job." Cameron Hock, Foundation Graduate