Plumbing and Pipefitting

Applied Certificate

Program Overview

Fast track your career in the skilled trades with Sask Polytech's 17-week applied certificate program. Plumbers install, replace and maintain water and sewage systems in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Many are also licensed gas fitters.

The Plumbing and Pipefitting program provides the knowledge and skills you need for an entry level job. Your learning is practical and hands-on – and includes a two-week job placement that lets you test your skills in the real world.

Plumbing is a skilled trade. The more education and experience you get, the higher you can climb on the wage-earning ladder. A fourth-year journeyperson plumber can earn double the hourly wage of a first-year plumbing apprentice.

The Plumbing and Pipefitting applied certificate program is delivered at Sask Polytech campuses in Regina and Saskatoon. It is also available off campus through Continuing Education and regional colleges.

For more information, contact ConEd@saskpolytech.ca

Apprenticeship Credit

Applied certificate programs can give you a head-start on apprenticeship. To learn how to apply academic credit toward Level 1 of the Plumber apprenticeship program, contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Trade to Degree

The Bachelor of Applied Management (BAMgt) degree provides journeypersons the unique opportunity to leverage existing education and experience into a bachelor's degree with two years of additional study. Part-time and remote options are available.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Successful completion of the Plumbing and Pipefitting applied certificate can open the door to entry level jobs with plumbing contractors and construction companies, as well as with maintenance departments in power, mining or manufacturing companies.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

January 4 - April 29, 2022

August 29 - December 16, 2022

January 9 - April 28, 2023

Length:

16 weeks


Locations

  • Regina
  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Alternative Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.



ACCUPLACER©

Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Alternative Admission using Accuplacer.

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 245 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 247 Reading

Post-secondary

Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.

If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

2022/23 Academic Year

$12,280
Additional costs to be considered for personal protective equipment. Steel toed work boots are required.

You may be eligible for a Student Loan. Individuals on employment insurance (EI), who wish to continue receiving benefits while attending training should contact their local Labour Market Service office for further information.

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DRAW 101
Blueprint Reading
3
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You will study drafting fundamentals and practice line drawing techniques, applying them to orthographic and isometric projections. You will apply industry symbols and language as it applies to blueprints and specifications. You will produce and interpret basic shop drawings and piping sketches as used at a typical work site.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
INDG 100
Introduction to Indigenous Studies
1
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You will receive an introduction to the Indigenous cultural groups within Saskatchewan. You will learn about the colonization of Indigenous peoples by the Canadian state. Your studies will help you discuss current issues and explore possible solutions.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
JOBS 125
Essential Job Skills
1
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You will develop essential job skills by preparing job search documents and practicing effective interpersonal communication skills for the workplace.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 106, COMM 127, HUMR 102, TCOM 102, TCOM 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
MATH 112
Trade Math
1
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You will solve mathematics problems within the construction industry. You will convert units of measurement using the Imperial and Metric systems. You will then apply your knowledge to solve geometric problems found in the construction industry involving perimeters, areas, and volume.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
PIPE 102
Pipe Fabrication Theory
3
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You will discuss trigonometry as it applies to the piping trades. You will learn piping layout, pipe fabrication, support, and sleeving techniques. You will be introduced to the common piping materials utilized within the two trades. You also will define piping system protection and system commissioning.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
PIPE 103
Pipe Fabrication Shop
2
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You will work with copper, plastic, and steel piping materials to assemble shop projects. You will apply trigonometry and pipe fitting functions for solving piping offsets, and piping installations. You will install piping supports and sleeves in accordance to codebook protocols for optimal systems protection. You will test the piping systems in accordance with codes and the local authority having jurisdiction.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
PLMB 102
Codebook Theory
3
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You will practice the fundamental use of the National Plumbing Code of Canada (NPC). You will explain the components of a potable water system and a drainage and vent system. You will apply the NPC in sizing the components of drainage and vent systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
PLMB 103
Gasfitting Theory
2
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You will develop the required skills necessary for the installation of a domestic gas piping system. You will be introduced to the gas science applications used in industry, along with the code requirements for proper piping installations. The course emphasizes the safety factors involved in working with natural and propane gas and the importance of accurate code interpretation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
PLMB 104
Gasfitting Shop
1
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You will develop skillsets used for the installation of a domestic gas piping system. You will develop pressure testing protocols used in the gafitting field. The course emphasizes the safety factors involved in working with natural gas and the importance of accurate code interpretation.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
PROJ 118
In-House Projects
2
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You will plumb drainage waste and venting to a mockup house, you will install fixtures and install water lines to the fixtures.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SFTY 139
Trade Related Safety
2
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You will study general safety as it applies to the plumbing and pipefitting trades. You will be introduced to the Workplace hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and articles of the Occupational Health and Safety OH&S) Act & Regulations that apply to these two trades.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TOOL 118
Basic Tools and Materials Theory
3
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You will identify hand and power tools utilized in the Plumber and Steamfitter trades. You will study rigging techniques associated with crane lifts and hand rigging equipment. You will discuss crane types, crane safety and signaling techniques. You will study slings, sling configurations and knots used during hoists and lifts. You will also discuss soldering and brazing procedures for similar and dis-similar metals.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
TOOL 119
Basic Tools and Materials Shop
2
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You will use hand and power tools utilized in the plumbing and pipefitting trades. You will practice safe lifting and moving techniques for materials and equipment used in the shop. You will apply basic rigging techniques and crane signals for hoisting pipe bundles, valves and other trade related materials and equipment. You will practice soldering and brazing with similar and dissimilar metals.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
WLDR 135
Welding
2
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You will identify the safe assembly, operation and maintenance of oxy-fuel cutting (OFC) and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) processes. You will also demonstrate the safe operation of oxy-fuel cutting (OFC) and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW).
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WORK 105
Work Experience
0
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You will gain valuable experience through a two-week (60 hour) job placement in industry. You will have the opportunity to apply your trade-related technical skills as you increase your understanding of the workplace and employer's needs.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

See links below to get more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.


Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Additional Information