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

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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.

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.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

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.

Other info

  • If you're chemically sensitive, it's 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
Strait Area Campus/Online Port Hawkesbury Full time BlendedBlended
Complete your program through courses that combine online (scheduled), and on-campus learning.
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 is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

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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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

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

COMM 1228 - Communications II
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.

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.

SAPF 1000 - Safety, Tools, Equipment and Rigging
This course introduces safe work practices as outlined by WHMIS and OHS. Learners will have the opportunity to use trade tools and equipment and to practice tool safety. An emphasis will be given to construction and industrial safety practices when using equipment on the job site.

SAPF 1001 - Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Piping
This course introduces types of piping, their characteristics and use in the trade. Material addresses the selection of fittings and valves, calculation of fitting allowances, and hangers and supports used to install pipe.

SAPF 1004 - Introduction to Fuel/Electric Welding and Cutting
This course is designed to develop the skills to safely assemble, operate, disassemble and store oxy-fuel and electrical welding equipment. Learners will be introduced to welding codes and standards as well as oxy-fuel cutting processes.

SAPF 1005 - Blueprint Reading and Interpretation II
This course builds on the learning in Blueprint Reading and Interpretation I. Course material also introduces spool sheets and their use. Template development will be addressed as well as calculations required for piping and assembly.

SAPF 1006 - Introduction to Hydronic Heating
This course will introduce learners to residential heating systems and their components. Learners will read and apply manuals, drawings and manufacturing specifications.

SAPF 1007 - Introduction to Pipe Fabrication and Layout
This course applies learning in a variety of areas covered in the program. The course enables learners to fabricate piping systems required for industrial processes.

SAPF 1013 - Blueprint Reading and Interpretation I
This course introduces piping drawings and their use in the trade. Types of drawings are covered along with lines and piping symbols. Learners will have the opportunity to create sketches from drawings.

SAPF 1014 - Industrial Pipefitting
This course will focus on both new construction and maintenance of industrial piping installations. Quality control will be introduced along with additional piping materials. Learners will build on knowledge of rigging practices. This course emphasizes and reinforces safe practice.

SAPF 1015 - Piping Math I
This course will refresh basic mathematical skills and begin to introduce their application within the piping trades.

SAPF 1016 - Piping Math II
This course will refresh basic mathematical skills and begin to introduce their application within the piping trades.

SAPF 1100 - 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.

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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