Apprenticeship Steamfitter-Pipefitter

Blueprint your success as a Steamfitter-Pipefitter!

We offer all 3 periods of Apprenticeship Steamfitter-Pipefitter training.  You'll learn layout, assembly, fabrication, maintenance and repair of water, steam, chemical and fuel pipe systems.  The program combines extensive theory in the trade with some hands-on experience in the shop.

Career Potential
Steamfitter-pipefitters are employed by pipeline construction contractors and sub-contractors, thermal or steam generating plants, manufacturers, utility companies, oil refineries, gas plants, pulp mills and chemical plants. Employment prospects change with the seasonal and economic climates. Experienced steamfitter-pipefitters may advance to supervisory positions such as foreman, sub-contractor, contractor and construction superintendent. 


Period 1: October 23 - December 15, 2017
Period 2: January 2 - February 23, 2018
Period 3: February 26 - April 20, 2018

Admission Requirements

Recommended path: English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 30, Chemistry 30 or Science 30. Related Career and Technology Studies courses.
Minimum Requirements: English 20-2, Math 20-3, Science 10 or Entrance Exam Category B.
Registered through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training as an Apprentice Steamfitte-Pipefitter.


Transferability
The technical training is the standard throughout the Province; therefore apprentices may take their technical school training at Portage College or any college or technical institute in Alberta offering Steamfitter-Pipefitter apprenticeship training.

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Apprenticeship Steamfitter-Pipefitter

  • SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS

    Course ID: STE170

    Name: SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS

    Hours: 54

    Credits: 0

    This course focuses on the safety and wellness aspects particular to working in the steamfitter-pipefitter trade. Workers are expected to adhere to all safe work practices including Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) rules and regulations. This topic includes all piping, elbows, connections, hangers, and supports for welded pipe, threaded pipe, fiberglass pipe, and copper tubing and all the tools and supplies required to assemble runs of piping. All aspects of pipe assembly and inspection including weld faults and pressure testing are covered in this module.

  • HEATING AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

    Course ID: STE171

    Name: HEATING AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

    Hours: 65

    Credits: 0

    This course includes all terminology, responsibilities, and regulations regarding the installation and operation of hydronic heating systems, including boiler operation and trimming, ratings, and labeling of parts relating to basic hot water heating systems and their operation.

  • WELDING

    Course ID: STE173

    Name: WELDING

    Hours: 26

    Credits: 0

    This course covers an introduction and safe use of oxy-fuel equipment, brazing and soldering, oxy-fuel cutting, SMAW equipment, weld faults, mild steel electrodes and basic joints and weld types. The student will complete two projects with the acquired skills, a bracket and a pipe and pipe fitting project.

  • BLUEPRINTS, MATH AND SCIENCE

    Course ID: STE174

    Name: BLUEPRINTS, MATH AND SCIENCE

    Hours: 60

    Credits: 0

    This course covers applied mathematics (imperial & SI), perimeters, areas, percentage, grade, temperature, heat calculations, properties of matter, pressure, atmosphere, temperature and heat science.

  • SF/PF 1 LAB/SHOP

    Course ID: STE177

    Name: SF/PF 1 LAB/SHOP

    Hours: 35

    Credits: 0

    STE177

  • LOW TEMPERATURE HEATING SYSTEMS

    Course ID: STE270

    Name: LOW TEMPERATURE HEATING SYSTEMS

    Hours: 76

    Credits: 0

    This course covers basic boiler safety and code introduction for heating systems. It includes boiler types and construction, as well as boiler trim and associated equipment for low pressure steam and hot water. Piping configurations and pump types for hot water and steam and introduction of steam traps is learned. Various types of hydronic and steam heating systems will be studied. Pipe, tubing and tube bending as well as bolting, fastening, hangers and supports will be taught. Expansion, contraction and methods of directing and controlling them, through the use of special fitting or loops and offsets will be understood.

  • RIGGING & MATERIAL HANDLING

    Course ID: STE271

    Name: RIGGING & MATERIAL HANDLING

    Hours: 36

    Credits: 0

    This course identifies safe work procedures for handling and storing materials. The students learn proper use and storage of chain, wire rope and slings; both the wire rope and synthetic types. Ropes and proper knots will be tied and applied. The correct use of rigging accessories, such as shackles and cable clips, is taught. Students will learn to read and determine weights from charts and apply them to rigging models. Identification of crane types and uses, crane signals and prelift planning procedures are also learned. Students will identify and use hand rigging tools, and be able to identify, understand and work safely with scaffolding, as it is an integral part of field work.

  • PIPING, MATH AND SCIENCE

    Course ID: STE274

    Name: PIPING, MATH AND SCIENCE

    Hours: 40

    Credits: 0

    This course covers volumes, capacities, steam tables, piping offsets, water properties, buoyancy, and a introduction to electricity, pulleys, levers, mechanical advantages, pressure and flow.

  • BLUEPRINT READING SKETCHING & DRAWING

    Course ID: STE276

    Name: BLUEPRINT READING SKETCHING & DRAWING

    Hours: 30

    Credits: 0

    This course covers piping isometrics, piping spools, dummy leg, stainless steel mitre, piping offsets and serpentine piping. The student will demonstrate drawing skills, and work with drawing packages and specifications.

  • SF/PF 2 LAB/SHOP

    Course ID: STE277

    Name: SF/PF 2 LAB/SHOP

    Hours: 58

    Credits: 0

    STE277

  • REFRIDGERATION AND CONTROLS

    Course ID: STE370

    Name: REFRIDGERATION AND CONTROLS

    Hours: 34

    Credits: 0

    This course teaches students to understand basic refrigeration terms and materials, to be able to describe basic refrigeration operation, refrigerants and components and to be able to describe refrigeration flow control and HVAC systems.

  • PROCESS PIPING AND CONTROLS

    Course ID: STE371

    Name: PROCESS PIPING AND CONTROLS

    Hours: 24

    Credits: 0

    In this course, students will learn applications and common types of controls. Students will be able to describe the terms relative to control systems, including open loop, closed loop and cascade controls. Students will learn the purpose and function of: operators and final control elements, pneumatic controllers and auxiliary devices found on control systems. Students will learn how to describe the installation procedures for controls, control systems, piping and supports. Students will also learn the safe work practices used when installing controls and control systems.

  • BLUE PRINT READING SKETCHING & DRAWING

    Course ID: STE375

    Name: BLUE PRINT READING SKETCHING & DRAWING

    Hours: 62

    Credits: 0

    This course covers orthographics, schematics, piping spools and rolling offsets. They will also learn how to correctly read and interpret blueprints and specifications for commercial and industrial applications and to calculate piping offsets to specific requirements.

  • POWER & HEATING PLANTS

    Course ID: STE376

    Name: POWER & HEATING PLANTS

    Hours: 52

    Credits: 0

    In this course, students will be able to describe the operation of a condensing and non-condensing steam plant, and auxiliary equipment. Students will learn the operation of steam and hot water plants, and students will also learn basic operation of pressure vessels.

  • PIPE FABRICATION MATH AND SCIENCE

    Course ID: STE377

    Name: PIPE FABRICATION MATH AND SCIENCE

    Hours: 20

    Credits: 0

    This course covers volumes, offsets, angle mitres, rolling offsets, pressure flow, buoyancy, fluids, gases, pressure, and vacuum and expansion and contraction of pipes as it applies to the steamfitter-pipefitter trade.

  • SF/PF 3 LAB/SHOP

    Course ID: STE378

    Name: SF/PF 3 LAB/SHOP

    Hours: 48

    Credits: 0

    SF/PF 3 LAB/SHOP

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