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


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.


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.


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 three piping areas: plumbing, steamfitting, and sprinklerfitting.

Plumbers, steamfitters, and sprinklerfitters 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 Foundation Training Schedules (To be updated) to see available training dates.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Photo of Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas, Faculty
Plumbing I.P., “B” Gas Certification
T: 604-451-6711


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

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
Tel: 604-432-8420

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