Pipe Trades

A comprehensive and integrated program that builds skills in three fields: steamfitting/pipefitting, sprinkler systems and plumbing.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

This program gives you a distinct advantage over the training offered in other pipe trades programs. In just two years, you learn the fundamental skills of three trade disciplines: steamfitting/pipefitting, plumbing and sprinkler system installation. This exposure provides a high level of employability and is a tremendous opportunity to start working in any of these trades.

You develop the skills and knowledge to lay out, assemble, install, maintain and repair plumbing and heating systems, cooling systems, process pipe systems and industrial pipe systems. You learn to install and connect piping in buildings or structures, including the tubing for pneumatic or air handling systems. In this program, you also learn to interpret design drawings and develop skills in basic welding.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Highlight"Threading pipe to soldering and everything in between."
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    Why Take It"If you like working hard, getting your hands dirty and seeing your hard work pay off, this is the program for you."
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    Cool Activity"We got to do underground piping."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards Journeyperson Certification in the Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer trades. To work in these trades, certification is compulsory through Nova Scotia's Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Graduates of this program are eligible for transfer credit upon registration in the Provincial Apprenticeship Program.
  • You learn from our expert faculty, who bring years of experience and strong industry connections to the classroom.
  • This is a unique opportunity to become skilled in three distinct areas of expertise.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Many pipe trade sectors: construction, manufacturing, service, maintenance and repair, solar and geothermal energy and industrial/commercial/residential supply sales and service.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Chemical Use – If you are chemically sensitive, it is important to note that chemicals (petroleum products) and lubricants are commonly used in the Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer trades.
  • Red Seal – Steamfitter/Pipefitter, Sprinkler System Installer and Plumber are a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Registered apprentices can apply for the NSCC Journeyperson Diploma. This diploma recognizes your apprentice training and the completion of NSCC's employability skills and portfolio requirements.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12-weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BENV 1001   The Building as a System
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
PIPT 1001   Pipe Fittings and Assembly (Ferrous)
PIPT 1003   Applied Pipe Trade Math I
PIPT 1004   Pipe Fittings and Assembly (Non-Ferrous)
PIPT 1005   Electricity for Pipe Trades I
PIPT 1007   Applied Pipe Trade Math II
PIPT 1009   Introduction to Electric and Fuel Welding and Cutting
PIPT 1010   Introduction to Pipe Fabrication
PIPT 1012   Portfolio Workplace Shadowing I
PIPT 1013   Introduction to Sustainable Energy Systems
PIPT 1014   Portfolio Workplace Shadowing II
PIPT 1015   Blueprint Interpretation and Plan Reading I
PIPT 1016   Blueprint Interpretation and Plan Reading II
PIPT 1017   Safety
PIPT 1018   Tools and Equipment
PIPT 3000   Electricity for Pipe Trades II
PIPT 3003   Hydronic Heating (Residential)
PIPT 3004   Residential Drainage Systems
PIPT 3005   Residential Venting Systems
PIPT 3006   Residential Water Supply
PIPT 3007   Plumbing Appliances, Fixtures and Trim
PIPT 3008   Pipe Trades Science
PIPT 3011   Introduction to Rigging, Hoisting and Lifting
PIPT 3012   Industrial Pipefitting
PIPT 3100   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
Introduction to Confined Space
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Introduction to Respiratory Protection
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

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