In partnership with the Educational Partnership Foundation, the district offers students a free one-semester program to explore pipe trades including: plumbing, steamfitting, pipe-fitting, gas-fitting, B-pressure welding and sprinkler fitting.
About the Program
While taking this program students will have the opportunity to explore a career as a:
- Pipefitter, who is responsible for all aspects of installing and maintaining pipe systems, pipe supports and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating and industrial production and processing systems.
- Steamfitter who lays out, assembles, fabricates, maintains and repairs piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes.
- Gasfitter, who installs, tests, adjusts and services natural gas and propane equipment ranging from residential furnaces to industrial boilers not exceeding.
- Sprinkler systems installer, who fabricates, installs, tests, maintains, inspects and repairs sprinkler systems on commercial and industrial sites.
This single-semester, 180-hour program runs Monday to Thursday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Building Trades of Alberta's world-class, multi-million-dollar training facility—Local Union 2103, Alberta Carpenters Training Centre. Red Seal Journeyman trainers educate students. Classes begin in February and finish in May 2019.
This program has an all-female cohort available for interested students.
Students need to be at least 15 years old, in Grade 11 or 12 students and:
- Complete HCS3000, HCS3010 and Construction Safety Training Systems (CSTS)
- Travel to the Piping Industry Training School (5649 Burbank Road SE)
- Provide consent from parent or guardian
- Have CSA steel-toed boots.
Students who complete the program will:
- Earn industry recognized credentials in Confined Space and Fall Protection
- Earn Up to seven Work Experience credits and 3 CTS credits
- Participate in a unique and outstanding learning experience
- Explore a pipefitting apprenticeship trade
- Gain a summer job-placement, for successful candidates
- Become ready for full-time work immediately after completing high school.
Students can apply at their high school through their career practitioner or Off-Campus teacher.