This 25-week program (duration may vary for some intakes) prepares students for employment as a pipefitter, steamfitter, sprinkler installer, gasfitter or plumbing apprentice. Students will develop the necessary habits concerning safety, time and materials management, hand tools, and power tools. Practical projects are performed in a shop environment to enhance students’ skills in installation, pipe repair and maintenance, fixtures and other equipment used for water, steam, chemical and fuel distribution, in addition to wastewater disposal in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
Students who complete the Foundation program are eligible for SkilledTradesBC credit in Pipefitter, Steamfitter, Sprinkler Installer, Gasfitter or Plumber Level 1 apprenticeship and 375 work-based hours. Students will need to declare their intended apprentice field. KPU Apprentice Services will support students through this process.
Taking a foundation program can build the skills that employers are looking for. To progress as an apprentice you will need to find an employer who will sponsor your apprenticeship and register with SkilledTradesBC.
Faculty's website: kpu.ca/trades
Department's website: kpu.ca/trades/plumbing
In addition to KPU’s General university admission requirements, including the vocational-level English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply.
- English Studies 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
- Literary Studies 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
- English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
- Composition 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
- Creative Writing 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
- KPU’s Vocational Trades English Reading Assessment with a minimum score of 80%.
- Any Math 11 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
- KPU’s Vocational Trades Mathematics Assessment with a minimum score of 55%.
Note: Admission for international applicants requires approval of the Dean.
Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.67 for all required courses:
|PIPE 1101||Safe Work Practices||3|
|PIPE 1105||Organize Work||7|
|PIPE 1110||Prepare and Assemble Piping Components||6|
|PIPE 1121||Tools and Equipment||8|
Students will be required to supply their own CSA approved steel-toed safety shoes or boots, CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, 1 imperial 1" by 25' measuring tape and 1 metric 25 mm by 8 meters measuring tape. A list of any required tools, equipment or supplies will be provided by the instructor at the start of the program.
Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Citation in Plumbing and Piping.
KPU will report student's in-school technical training completion information to SkilledTradesBC in order for SkilledTradesBC to determine credit towards a student's designated apprenticeship.
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