- Ontario College Certificate
- Program Code:
- Trades & Apprenticeship
- Academic Year:
- 2016 / 2017
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the ProgramThis program consists of eight-week basic, eight-week intermediate, and eight-week advanced components and is designed to provide theoretical knowledge in all aspects of plumbing along with the practical training necessary to complement on-the-job training with an employer. Entering the plumbing trade offers a variety of opportunities after the apprenticeship has been completed and students will have acquired a skill that is always in demand. Graduates may start their own business or find employment in industry as a member of maintenance staff. Opportunities are also available in sales with wholesalers or manufacturers of plumbing fixtures.
See Apprenticeship - General Information.
Program InformationLength: 720-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
- Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades.
- Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email Kitchener.Apprenticeship@ontario.ca.
- Conestoga College delivers the in-school component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). In addition, MTCU requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on the job.
- Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the business or industry in which they are employed.
What is Apprenticeship?Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last two to five years, depending on the program. About 90% of the apprentice's time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of the trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.
Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.
Becoming a Journeyperson
On-the-Job ExperienceOnce you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.
In-School TrainingConestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.
Tuition & FeesFees set by MTCU as per Offer of Classroom Training
Books and parking fees are additional.
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates of this program are able to seek employment in a variety of trade-related businesses such as new construction, industrial, commercial and residential service, maintenance and construction of large industrial/manufacturing facilities such as power plants, water-treatment plants and automobile manufacturing. There are also sales opportunities available in the plumbing wholesale business or manufacturing sector as well as self-employment opportunities.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Pre-Certification of QualificationIf you have more than five years of experience working in a trade-specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification. For more information on Trade Equivalency Assessments contact the Ontario Colleges of Trades at 1-855-299-0028 or email at email@example.com. Many Ontario colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam. These also serve as excellent refresher courses.
For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination, check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at www.conestogac.on.ca or contact 519-824-9390 ext 6148.
Exemption TestingApprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
Description: The successful completion of this course will enable the apprentice to read and interpret construction drawings, read and interpret plumbing system drawings, produce orthographic plumbing system drawings and produce isometric plumbing system drawings.
|MATH1330||Piping Systems Calculations
Description: This module enables the apprentice to apply basic mathematical principles to solve trade‑related problems. The apprentice will be able to use and identify weights and measures units, linear measurements, area calculations and state applicable formulae and calculate areas, surface areas and volumes of tanks and cylinders, ratio and proportion calculations, converting one system to another within the Imperial, U.S. and S.I. systems.
Description: The successful completion of this module will enable the apprentice to apply trade safety principles, select, use and maintain trade tools, equipment and measuring devices, identify the properties and installation methods of plumbing pipes, use piping tables and other devices to determine fitting allowances, the principles and installation procedures for domestic hot water systems, water heating systems and explain the principles, components and types of drain plans, stack elevations, wastes and venting. It will also enable the apprentice to explain the Ontario Plumbing Regulation and use it to determine proper trap sizes, drain sizes, and vent sizes and their applications.
Description: The successful completion of this unit will enable the apprentice to install various types of materials: steel, cast iron, copper, ABS plastic and Uponor piping. In addition, the apprentice will be able to: rough-in water supplies, wastes, vents and set plumbing fixtures. Students will: thread, groove, solder, and bend various types of pipe commonly used in plumbing.
Description: This module will enable the apprentice to explain the construction, operation, assembly and disassembly of oxyacetylene equipment and accessories and of oxyacetylene cutting and welding theory and practice. It will also enable the apprentice to use oxyacetylene equipment to make 90º cuts, lay beads and weld mild steel butt joints, lap, tee and V joints in flat position.
Description: The successful completion of this course will enable the apprentice to produce isometric pipe drawings to scale, define and produce orthographic drawings and read and interpret plumbing, drainage and construction trade drawings and job specifications.
|MATH2200||Piping Systems Calculations
Description: This course enables the apprentice to solve problems involving square roots, and area and volume calculations, calculate rolled offsets, and solve percentage, ratio and proportion problems.
Description: This module enables the apprentice to identify trade related acts and codes, define temperature scale conversion methods, principles of latent and reversible heat, principles, conditions and regulations for grading waste pipes and principles and applications of datum line and instrument readings. In addition, the module also enables the apprentice to grade drains by instrument readings, correctly specify and locate valves, identify valve operation, installation and servicing techniques, water meter types and location drainage fixtures and applicable hydraulic loads, testing procedures for DWV plumbing systems, principles and installation requirements of blow-down tanks, oil interceptors, stacks, domestic appliances,hot water tanks and grease interceptors. As well, this module enables the apprentice to explain the purpose, principles, limitations and correct installation of wet, circuit and yoke venting, plumbing fixtures, and kitchen, commercial and institutional equipment including laboratory tables.
Description: The successful completion of this course will enable the apprentice to design and correctly install hot water tanks, offset specialty fixtures, a four fixture washroom, plus set up grading instruments which relate to the grading of a D.W.V. system.
Description: This course will introduce the apprentice to the concepts of the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process. Theory class will cover the safe set up and working practices of SMAW as well as introduce the apprentice to fundamental concepts. The shop component will see the apprentice implement safe working practices along with skills development in the SMAW process. Apprentices will practice the butt, lap and t-joint on mild steel using the above welding process. Apprentices will learn about the required equipment and demonstrate proper and safe set up procedures.
Description: The successful completion of this course will enable the apprentice to read architectural drawings of a commercial building, interpret plumbing specifications and prepare working drawings of plumbing systems for a commercial building. This module also enables the apprentice to prepare reports, estimates, and job schedules related to plumbing and piping systems and using the capabilities of a computer design program, prepare a detailed priced material list from a prepared isometric drawing, or a manual drawing.
|MATH3110||Piping Systems Calculations
Description: This module enables the apprentice to solve trade-related problems involving simple and compound interest, list, net, discount and mark-up pricing, determine profit and loss. The apprentice will also understand how to develop an annual financial report spread sheet. Pressures and heads, linear expansion and Boyle's Law calculations will be studied, and calculations of heat losses in hot water systems.
Description: This course enables the apprentice to define and calculate pressures and heads, perform calculations involving rolled offsets, explain the principles of linear expansion and hydro‑pneumatic systems, the principles, operation and installation requirements of pressure reducing valves, commercial hot water storage systems, domestic hot water systems, high rise building water systems, water softener systems and fire line and sprinkler systems. The module also enables the apprentice to explain flow roof drainage systems, indirect and special waste systems, produce isometric drawings to scale and perform material take off. As well, the apprentice will be able to explain the principles and operations of rural and municipal sewage treatment systems and rural and municipal water treatment operations. Cross-connections and backflow, natural and medical gas-piping systems, hydronic heating and process-piping systems.
Description: Develop the ability to design, install and service water pumping and water conditioning systems, install backflow prevention devices and heating systems and boilers.
- Select, use and maintain trade related tools, equipment and measuring devices safely.
- Install and service domestic and commercial water distribution and treatment systems.
- Select and install appropriate valves, drainage system, stacks, wastes and vents.
- Know the Ontario Plumbing Code and acts related to the plumbing trade.
- Interpret and use trade related memos, reports, letters, schedules and tables.
- Select and install appropriate domestic plumbing fixtures.
- Design and correctly install a four-fixture washroom.
- Read and interpret construction, trade, plumbing and drainage drawings.
- Solder, weld and cut using oxy-acetylene and arc welding equipment.
- Join and install steel, cast iron, copper, ABS plastic and cement asbestos pipe, glass, and heat pumps.
- Describe the purpose and installation requirements of commercial and institutional plumbing equipment.
- Identify the purpose and installation requirements of process piping systems.
- Identify the principles and installation requirements of gas distribution systems.
- Produce isometric drawings to scale, spool drawings and dimensional sketches.
- Weld, using oxyacetylene and arc welding equipment.
- Identify the principles, components and installation requirements for fire line and sprinkler systems to comply with NFPA standards.
- Describe the principles and servicing of domestic hot water and swimming pool solar and water treatment systems.
- Explain the principles and operations of rural and municipal sewage treatment systems.
- Explain the principles and operations of rural and municipal water supply systems.
- Solve trade related problems related to pricing and discounts.
- Take off labour and materials from mechanical drawings.
- Identify and recognize cross connections and apply necessary backflow prevention.
Apprenticeship RegistrationApprenticeship registration occurs after an employer is found. To register as an apprentice you or your employer may call the local Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email to Kitchener.firstname.lastname@example.org to request registration and have an agreement prepared. Once you have registered as an apprentice and have received your offer of classroom training, you will be required to confirm your seat with Conestoga College and pay the appropriate classroom fee. Apprentices are enrolled to class on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades www.collegeoftrades.ca. Information about apprenticeship registration can also be found on the Ministry website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training. Another helpful website is www.apprenticesearch.com.
For more information on apprenticeship, call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656 or the local Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.
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