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Pipe Trades

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

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

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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.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer trades. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • 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

Other info

  • If you're chemically sensitive, it's important to note that chemicals (petroleum products) and lubricants are commonly used in the Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer trades.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer are designated trades in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer trades in Nova Scotia.
  • 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.
  • 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.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Institute of Technology Campus Halifax Full time In-class Waitlist
Shelburne Campus Shelburne Full time In-class Seats available

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • 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.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

PIPT 1001 - Ferrous Piping
This course introduces ferrous piping materials used in the piping trades. Joining methods and installation of ferrous pipe will be addressed and practiced in a workshop setting. Course material also includes hangers and supports required for ferrous piping systems. .

PIPT 1003 - Applied Pipe Trade Math I
In this course, the learner will improve math skills to the level required by an apprentice in the Pipe Trades. The course concentrates on the skills that will allow the learner to efficiently solve equations and formulas encountered in industry. This course emphasizes practical problem solving while it attempts to increase overall competency in mathematics.

PIPT 1004 - Non-Ferrous Piping
This course introduces non-ferrous (non-steel) piping materials used in the trade and the techniques used to join various non-ferrous piping materials. Material also includes the use of hangers and supports as they are required for piping systems.

PIPT 1007 - Applied Pipe Trade Math II
Learners will advance their math skills by applying these skills to practical applications. The course concentrates on the skills that will allow the learner to efficiently solve equations and formulas encountered in industry. This course emphasizes practical problem solving.

PIPT 1009 - Introduction to Electric and Fuel Welding and Cutting
This course is designed to develop the skills to safely assemble, adjust, disassemble and store oxy-fuel cutting/welding and electric welding equipment. Learners will be introduced to welding codes and standards, electric welding and oxy-fuel cutting processes in a shop environment. Learners will have the opportunity to carry out simple welding and cutting tasks.

PIPT 1010 - Introduction to Pipe Fabrication
This course introduces the calculations needed to fabricate spool pieces for use in the pipe trade. Learners will apply blueprint interpretation and create working piping drawings and perform basic fabrication tasks.

PIPT 1012 - Portfolio Workplace Shadowing I
Learners will connect with industry to observe some of the trade-related duties in the workplace. Learners will identify the attitudes and behaviours that enable and enhance the ability to work successfully in piping trades.

PIPT 1013 - Introduction to Sustainable Energy Systems
This course introduces sustainable energy systems that involve installation of piping. Learners will be given an overview of their applications, operation and piping requirements.

PIPT 1014 - Portfolio Workplace Shadowing II
This course allows learners to build on their knowledge of workplace practices and behaviours.

PIPT 1015 - Blueprint Interpretation and Plan Reading I
This course introduces the theory and practice required to read plans and blueprints. Learners will have the opportunity to apply the fundamentals of blueprint interpretation and produce drawings and sketches used in the piping trades.

PIPT 1016 - Blueprint Interpretation and Plan Reading II
This course allows learners to build on their ability to read drawings and prints with specific reference to piping systems.

PIPT 1017 - Safety
Safety is the most important factor on the job site and in the shop. Trades people need to work in ways that will protect themselves and others from accident and injury, and to take appropriate action should an accident occur. This course provides a grounding for the safety that will be practised in every course of the program.

PIPT 1018 - Tools and Equipment
Learners will demonstrate the use of tools and equipment used in the piping trades. An emphasis will be given to construction and industrial safety practices when using equipment on the job site.

PIPT 1019 - Introduction to Quality Control
Quality affects every aspect of a building project from costs, to scheduling and organization. In this course you will learn about the factors that affect quality in a piping project. Topics like non-destructive testing will be introduced and you will get a sense of how your work in the trade contributes to cost control and sustainability in the industry.

PIPT 1020 - Introduction to Sprinkler Systems
Although it has a lot in common with other piping trades, the Sprinkler System Installer trade has many unique aspects. This course will introduce you some of the equipment, materials, and work you will need to carry out in this trade.

PIPT 3003 - Introduction to Hydronic Heating
In this course the fundamentals of hydronic heating are explored. Learners will have an opportunity to install boilers and piping systems for a residential building.

PIPT 3004 - Introduction to Drainage Systems
This course introduces the learner to basic residential plumbing drainage systems. Terminology, components and installation practices will be explored. Learners will have the opportunity to install a simulated basic residential drainage system. Learners will demonstrate knowledge of ferrous piping materials used in the plumbing trade and the ability to join various ferrous piping materials. This course also includes the use of hangers and supports, as they are required for piping systems.

PIPT 3005 - Introduction to Venting Systems
This course introduces the learner to basic residential plumbing venting systems. Terminology, components and installation practices will be explored. Learners will have the opportunity to install a simulated basic residential venting system.

PIPT 3006 - Introduction to Water Supply
This course introduces the residential water system from the street water main to the faucets and outlets including the components, installation practices, and code requirements. Learners will also examine equipment, piping, and valves required for the supply of residential potable water.

PIPT 3007 - Introduction to Plumbing Appliances, Fixtures and Trim
This course introduces plumbing fixtures and their accessories. Material covers procedures used for basic installation, maintenance and repair of fixtures used in residential plumbing systems.

PIPT 3011 - Introduction to Rigging, Hoisting and Lifting
This course introduces learners to equipment used for material handling. There will be emphasis placed on safe procedures when working with or near moving loads.

PIPT 3012 - Industrial Pipefitting
This course introduces installation requirements for alloy pipe in various industrial applications. Learners will have the opportunity to bend, bevel and fabricate pipe in an industrial workshop setting.

PIPT 3013 - Pipe Fabrication II
This course builds on the skills that you began in the first year of the program.?You will study additional fabrication and assembly scenarios including marine applications.

PIPT 3014 - Electricity for Pipe Trades
In this course you will study basic electrical theory and learn how electricity is used in controls for hydronic heating systems.

PIPT 3015 - Blueprint Interpretation and Plan Reading III
In this course you will further develop your blueprint reading skills by looking at drawings used in the marine and industrial sectors. Also, you will have the opportunity to see how revisions are handled, and use as-built drawings and revisions to create a bill of materials for piping projects.

PIPT 3016 - Building as a System
This course introduces modern construction methods and technologies that help to make the overall structure and its systems sustainable. Your work will have an impact on other parts of a building’s construction in areas like moisture levels and air flow This course will help you to understand the science behind getting the building parts and systems to work together.

PIPT 3017 - Pipe Trades Communication
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

PIPT 3100 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1025 - Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
This course provides participants with an understanding of the hazards associated with working from heights and compliance with Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (2013). Throughout the course, participants will gain experience in the donning of a harness, an overview and presentation of system components involved when working from heights and learn how to complete a fall calculation and emergency procedures.

WORK 1100 - Workplace Mentoring I
This unit of instruction is designed to assist learners in managing their learning as an apprentice in the workplace. Learners will study their own experiences with learning new skills and identify their own learning preferences as an aid to developing learning strategies.

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