Program delivery mode: blended
- This program will be primarily online for all semesters except for Level 1, which will be delivered in person, on campus.
- See below for details regarding Levels 2, 3 and 4.
- The first five weeks of level 2 will be taught online; the last two weeks will be in person at the Burnaby campus (seven weeks total)
- The first seven weeks of level 3 will be taught online; the last week will be in person at the Burnaby campus (eight weeks total).
- The first six weeks of level 4 will be taught online last two weeks will be in person at the Burnaby campus (eight weeks total).
- For the online portion you will need an internet connection and a computer. A printer is recommended but not necessary.
You will be able to order your books online from the BCIT Bookstore and have them delivered ahead of time.
Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
Steamfitters/Pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, repair and service equipment and piping systems carrying water, steam, fluids, gases, chemicals, and fuel in various systems such as heating, cooling, lubricating and process piping systems. They read and interpret drawings, specifications, and codes to determine layout, type and size of pipe, and tools to use.
They measure, cut, thread, groove, bend, solder, braze, assemble and install metal, plastic and fibreglass pipes, valves and fittings. As well, they must be able to join and secure pipe sections of related equipment. They check systems for leaks. Steamfitters/Pipefitters also do general maintenance work including replacement of worn components.
The Steamfitter/Pipefitter program contains 4 levels that cover the in-school technical portion of the apprenticeship training. All levels of training use applied learning in conjunction with practical exercises.
Apprentices who have:
- completed the required work-place hours (as signed off by the sponsoring employer),
- successfully completed the in-school technical training, and
- passed the interprovincial exam
are eligible to receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship and a Certificate of Qualification with an interprovincial red seal endorsement.
|Apprentice Level 1 Start Date||Workplace hours required||In-school hours required|
|Prior to April 1, 2019||5620 hours||780 hours (in 4 levels of training)|
|On or after April 1, 2019 (Harmonized)||6300 hours||900 hours (in 4 levels of training)|
Apprentices who successfully complete the highest level of technical training and have received their British Columbia Certificate of Qualification in this trade may apply to receive a BCIT Diploma of Trades Training.
Note: Due to changes in the time-in-trade and technical-training requirements for the Gasfitter – Class B apprenticeship, plumber and steam fitter apprentices beginning their technical training after March 31, 2019 will no longer be eligible to write their Gasfitter – Class B Certificate of Qualification during their plumber or steam fitter apprenticeship. In the new system Plumbers and Steamfitter/Pipefitters are given credit for 1500 of the required 3000 Gasfitter – Class B work-place hours and Level 1 of the Gasfitter – Class B technical, in-school, training. Plumbers and Steamfitters/Pipefitters are required to complete Gasfitter Class B Level 2 and 1500 hours of work experience in the Gasfitter Class B trade in order to be eligible to write the Gasfitter – Class B Certificate of Qualification with Technical Safety BC.
Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.
Harmonized Steamfitter/Pipefitter apprenticeship
The Industry Training Authority is working with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship to improve mobility of workers during their apprenticeship across Canada. To achieve this, training outcomes for each level of technical training in a given apprenticeship are being harmonized so that apprentices can easily transfer between jurisdictions during their apprenticeship training without missing or repeating training outcomes. This may also result in changes to the number of work-place hours and in-school hours apprentices are required to complete.
The transition from the current system to the Harmonized system will take place in stages between April 1, 2019 and April 1, 2022.
New Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprentices starting the program after April 1, 2019 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program.
Harmonized apprentice levels will be regularly scheduled as follows:
- Level 1 intakes offered after April 1, 2019
- Level 2 intakes offered after April 1, 2020
- Level 3 intakes offered after April 1, 2021
- Level 4 intakes offered after April 1, 2022
Current Steamfitter/Pipefitter Apprentices will have the following options to complete their training:
Option 1: complete the current program
Apprentices that began their training prior to April 1, 2019 are encouraged to complete each level of their training in their current stream as follows:
- Level 1 before March 31, 2019
- Level 2 before March 31, 2020
- Level 3 before March 31, 2021
- Level 4 before March 31, 2020
If you try to register and the level is unavailable please ask the Apprentice Services Customer Service Representative to add your contact information to the interests list to be notified when additional intakes become available.
Option 2: transition from the current stream to the harmonized stream
Current apprentices that need to transition to the new program will need to complete GAP training in order to enter the new stream. Additional training is required to address the gaps in program content as follows:
- Transition from current Level 1 to harmonized Level 2 AFTER April 1, 2020 –30 hours of GAP training will be required.
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.
|Steve Gilles, Department Head
Plumbing IP, “B” Gas Certification
|Rick Lindberg, Faculty
Steamfitting IP, “B” Gas Certification
- Plumbing Apprenticeship I.P. Refresher – Distance Education
- Plumbing Interprovincial Training – Distance Education
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