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Plumber (Apprenticeship)

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Program Code:
0708
School:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018
Accelerated Delivery?
No

About the Program

This 720-hour program, which consists of a 240-hour level 1, a 240-hour level 2, and a 240-hour level 3, is designed to provide apprentices with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of plumbing as well as practical training necessary to complement the apprentice's on-the-job training experience. See Apprenticeship - General Information.

Program Information

Length: 720-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
Location: Waterloo
Start: Varies

Admission Requirements

Note:

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
Becoming a Journeyperson

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.

On-the-Job Experience

Once 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 Training

Conestoga 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 & Fees

Fees 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 Opportunities

Plumbers are employed in all areas of the construction industry - residential, commercial, industrial and institutional.

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 Transfer

Conestoga 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 Qualification

If 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 info@collegeoftrades.ca. 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 Testing

Apprentices 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

Program Courses

Course Details for 2017 / 2018
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1330 Trade Documentation

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.
This course also enables the apprentice to demonstrate competency in reading comprehension, writing and use of trade terminology and complete basic trade related paperwork, use trade publications and develop the ability to use a personal computer.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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CoRequisites:

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.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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PLMB1010 Trade Theory

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.
Hours: 120
Credits: 8
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PLMB1020 Trade Practice

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.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
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WELD1110 Welding

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.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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Level 2
COMM2060 Trade Documentation

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.
Thiscourse will also enable the apprentice to prepare trade related reports, forms and business letters, and read, interpret and prepare purchase orders, using a personal computer to produce spreadsheets.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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PLMB2010 Trade Theory

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.
Hours: 120
Credits: 8
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PLMB2020 Trade Practice

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.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
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WELD2200 Welding

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.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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Level 3
COMM3010 Trade Documentation

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.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
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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.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
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PLMB3010 Trade Theory

Description: In this theory-based course, students will study the components of water distribution systems, private and municipal sewage disposal systems, storm drainage systems, and fire protection standpipes and sprinklers. Students will learn how to select the proper methods of fire stopping and to use the National Plumbing Code. In addition, the installation requirements of waste pipe systems incorporating corrosive waste neutralizers, indirect and special wastes and commercial kitchen equipment will be covered. Students will also learn how to calculate heat loss and pump sizes and explain the principles of operation of hydronic heating systems.
Hours: 120
Credits: 8
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PLMB3020 Trade Practice

Description: Develop the ability to design, install and service water pumping and water conditioning systems, install backflow prevention devices and heating systems and boilers.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
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Program Objectives

Apprenticeship Registration

Apprenticeship 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.apprenticeship@ontario.ca 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.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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