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Learn how to install, repair and maintain heating, cooling, process pipe and industrial piping systems.

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Start Date:
1 Year
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September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available

Program Overview

Steamfitters/Pipefitters have the skills to layout, assemble, install, repair and maintain heating, cooling, process pipe and industrial piping systems.

In this program, you develop skills to install and connect piping systems, including processes that convey gases or the tubing for any pneumatic or air-handling system. You're introduced to design drawings and installation programs for a variety of systems. In a workshop setting that reflects industry practice and safety standards, you learn to use hand tools, power tools and shop equipment; to select materials; to cut, join and fabricate piping and fittings; to perform electric tack welding and oxy-fuel cutting; and rigging practices.

Admission Requirements

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

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Steamfitter/Pipefitter trade. 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.
  • This program delivers real skills and experience that you can take into a variety of occupations.

Employment Opportunities

  • Construction, manufacturing, service industries, maintenance and repair, plumbing and heating and technical sales.

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 Steamfitter/Pipefitter trade.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Steamfitter/Pipefitter is a designated trade 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.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Steamfitter/Pipefitter trade in Nova Scotia.
  • 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.
  • 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
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
SAPF 1000   Safety, Tools, Equipment and Rigging
SAPF 1001   Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Piping
SAPF 1004   Introduction to Fuel/Electric Welding & Cutting
SAPF 1005   Blueprint Reading & Interpretation II
SAPF 1006   Introduction to Hydronic Heating
SAPF 1007   Introduction to Pipe Fabrication and Layout
SAPF 1013   Blueprint Reading and Interpretation I
SAPF 1014   Industrial Pipefitting
SAPF 1015   Piping Math I
SAPF 1016   Piping Math II
SAPF 1100   Work Experience
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Next Steps

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