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Overview

Note: Our Winter part-time studies courses have commenced.
Our Spring/Summer term will be starting up again in April.

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 Accessibility Services 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.

Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

Courses

Program Details

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.

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.

For a list of our current Program Advisory Committee (PAC) members please see below.

Faculty and staff

Photo of Ron StewartRon Stewart, Department Head
Plumbing I.P., “A” Gas Certification
T: 604-432-8420
E: ron_stewart@bcit.ca

 

Photo of Mick BryantMick Bryant, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., “A” Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4937
E: mick_bryant@bcit.ca

 

Photo of Steve GillesSteve Gilles, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., “B” Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1225
E: sgilles8@bcit.ca

 

Photo of Rick LindbergRick Lindberg, Faculty
Steamfitting I.P., “B” Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1225
E: rlindberg3@bcit.ca

 

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

 

 

Photo of Mark OvergaardMark Overgaard, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., “B” Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4900
E: mark_overgaard@bcit.ca

 

Photo of Dale PfaffDale Pfaff, Faculty
M.Ed., C.I.P.E., Plumbing I.P.,
Sprinklerfitting I.P., “A” Gas Certification
T: 604-451-7116
E: dale_pfaff@bcit.ca

 

Photo of Lyle ReidLyle Reid, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., “A” Gas Certification
T: 604-456-1226
E: lyle_reid@bcit.ca

 

Photo of Raj SamraRaj Samra, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., “B” Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4978
E: rsamra4@bcit.ca

 

Photo of Rob SteinerRob Steiner, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., “B” Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4959
E: rob_steiner@bcit.ca

 

Photo of Brian SweetBrian Sweet, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., “A” Gas Certification
T: 604-451-7164
E: brian_sweet@bcit.ca

 

Photo of Ryan Thomas

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

 

Photo of Richard YooRichard Yoo, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., “B” Gas Certification
T: 604-431-4967
E: richard_yoo@bcit.ca

Program Advisory Committee

  • Shaun Giesbrecht-Chair, President, Matrix Contracting Inc.
  • Jeff Blair, President, Barclay Sales Ltd. BC
  • Guido Borrelli, Distribution Service Agent, Fortis BC
  • Matt Griesedale-Lifton, Superintendent, Sentrax Mechanical Contracting
  • Rick Vanier, Senior Safety Officer, Technical Safety BC
  • Cory Williams, Industry Relations, Industry Relations Authority

Training Schedule

The below training schedule is for the convenience of our prospective students.
We suggest you contact admission and registration to see if there have been any changes to what is currently listed and or the class has reached its intake capacity.

Note: All classes are limited to 16 students and fill months in advance.

Start Date: Mar 25, 2019 End Date: Sep 20, 2019
Start Date: Jun 3, 2019 End Date: Nov 29, 2019
Start Date: Jul 22, 2019 End Date: Jan 31, 2020
Start Date: Aug 26, 2019 End Date: Mar 6, 2020
Start Date: Sep 23, 2019 End Date: Apr 3, 2020
Start Date: Nov 12, 2019 End Date: May 22, 2020
Start Date: Dec 2, 2019 End Date: Jun 12, 2020
Start Date: Feb 3, 2020 End Date: Jul 31, 2020
Start Date: Mar 9, 2020 End Date: Sep 4, 2020
Start Date: Mar 30, 2020 End Date: Sep 25, 2020

Contact Us

Ron Stewart, Department Head
T: 604-432-8420
E: Ron_Stewart@bcit.ca

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