Pipefitter and Steamfitter - Apprenticeship

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure

March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 information for apprentices 

The March-April and May-June intakes for apprenticeship training are cancelled. Refunds will be automatically processed, there is no need to contact the Office of the Registrar for confirmation at this time. Refunds will be sent to the address identified in your MyTradeSecrets account.

Advanced Education has been working with eleven post-secondary institutions who deliver classroom learning to determine the best course of action that will help protect the health of apprentices, instructors and staff.

Apprentices who started classroom instruction on or after March 2, 2020 will also be refunded. Priority will be given to affected apprentices seeking to re-register for classes in the 2020/21 academic year. Details to follow.

Apprentices who started technical training before March 2, 2020 will be contacted and advised by their institution about next steps for distance learning options, assessments and completion. Apprentices who complete the program and are in good academic standing will not be required to challenge the provincial theory or practical examinations.

For more information please visit the provinces trades website. You can also contact the AIT Information Line at 1-800-248-4823 if you need information or wish to discuss your apprenticeship.

 

We offer a four-year Steamfitter/Pipefitter - Apprenticeship program for those looking to install, repair, maintain and work with steam pipes and other pipes made from various materials in the construction, manufacturing, energy and utility industries.

After graduating the program, you will be able to:

  • Install and maintain high pressure and low pressure steam and hot liquid systems, and industrial systems
  • Fabricate, join and install any pipe system in buildings, using any type of pipe, including steel, alloy, cast iron, copper or plastic, etc.
  • Provide safe and efficient piping systems that work together with other building systems
  • Comply with industry rules and codes
  • Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings, and prepare layouts
  • Safely use hand and power tools and equipment
  • Calculate quantities of materials and create material lists
  • Know and understand the related work of tradespeople in the industry
  • Perform tasks in accordance with industry quality and production standards

Career opportunities

As a steamfitter or pipefitter, you will be ready for employment with pipeline construction contractors and sub-contractors, thermal or steam generating plants, manufacturers, utility companies, oil refineries, gas plants, pulp mills and chemical plants.

Experienced steamfitters and pipefitters may advance to supervisory roles, such as foremen, subcontractors, contractors and construction superintendents.

Admission requirements

In order to register for the Pipefitter and Steamfitter - Apprenticeship program, you must be an eligible indentured apprentice.

Find out more about the Alberta Apprenticeship Entrance Requirements.

Tuition and fees

 Fees (Year 1 to 3) - 8 Week Session
 
Fees (Year 1 to 3) - 8 week session  Domestic Students
Tuition $840.00
Health & Dental Fee n/a
Wellness & Athletic $17.60
Student Association Building Fee $8.96
Student Association Fee $52.08
Technology Fee $67.00
Materials $72.00
Total Fees & Tuition ***$988.08

Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters and do not include mandatory laboratory fees. 

For more information view the Keyano College Credit Calendar

Program structure

The Steamfitter/Pipefitter - Apprenticeship program is a four-year program that includes a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year.

Course outline for all years

How apprenticeships work

An apprenticeship is a work experience based post-secondary education. As an apprentice, you will find a matching employer to help tutor you as you become a Steamfitter/pipefitter through an Apprenticeship Agreement.

Your time is divided by on-the-job training under a certified journeyperson (about 80%) and attending technical training courses at a training provider, such as Keyano College (about 20%).