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Build a Career in the Piping Trades

Note: Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training (FIATT). A new BCIT pilot program to reduce the amount of time an apprentice is required to be away from the jobsite.
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The Piping Trades consist of Plumbing, Steamfitting, Gas Fitting and Sprinklerfitting. When seeking a career choice it is critical that one looks at employability and diversity of the job and skills. These two factors keep you earning income for your needs and free of repetitive boredom.

The Program

The Piping Foundation program prepares students for entry-level employment in the piping trades:

  • plumbing
  • steamfitting
  • gasfitting
  • 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.

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.

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.

Domestic/commercial Gas Fitter's design, installs, repair and maintain gas fired appliances, equipment and distribution piping systems. Advances in modern appliance controls technology require gas fitters to develop strong electrical, computer and trouble shooting skills.

Sprinklerfitters 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.

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