Plumber (Apprenticeship)


Applicants must be currently employed in the trade; must be formally registered as apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU); and have a valid “Offer of Classroom Training” from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities that includes your Ministry Client ID and approved Class Number.

Eligibility is determined by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.  For more information please see application information.

The Plumber Apprenticeship program at Algonquin College is designed to train plumbing apprentices for careers as plumbers, and fulfills the in-class requirements of the Ontario Plumber apprenticeship program.

College Certificate
24 Week(s)

Program Code: 0522X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017



Our Program

This apprenticeship program is designed to train plumbing apprentices for careers as plumbers and fulfills the in-class requirements of the Plumber apprenticeship program. The program concentrates on the theory of plumbing design and the regulations governing the installation of plumbing systems.

Plumbers assemble, install and repair the piping, fittings, and fixtures, fabricate water distribution, and drain, waste and vent systems. All newly installed plumbing systems must conform to the Ontario Building Code. The installations are inspected and approved by municipal inspectors; therefore, plumbers must know and apply the regulations governing plumbing installations.

Prior to entering the in-class program, plumbing apprentices typically have worked in the field for approximately one year. The in-class program consists of three 8-week levels of 30 hours per week. The three levels are Basic, Intermediate and Advanced plumbing.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for apprentices who:

  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning.
  • Are self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Take pride in improving the quality and efficiency of their work.

Your Career

Apprentices are employed as plumbers working for plumbing contractors, mechanical contractors, municipalities, plumbing retailers, plumbing wholesalers and consulting firms. Graduates may also become self-employed.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 (Basic) Hours
DRA0710 Trade Documentation - Level 1 Apprentices are introduced to standard drafting tools and instruments which are used to construct drain plans, stack elevations and isometric pipe drawings. Through this work, the apprentice demonstrates his/her knowledge of code requirements regarding the drain waste and venting system. Material lists from the apprentice's stack elevation, drain plan and/or pipe drawings are used for the purpose of pricing through a standard pricing catalogue. Apprentices are also taught the importance of communication and interpersonal relations in the workplace.

Co-requisites: MAT0710 and PLU0710 and PLU0711 and PLU0712 and WEL0710
24.0
MAT0710 Trade Calculations - Level 1 Apprentices apply mathematics to develop solutions relating to plumbing installation. Apprentices calculate offsets, pipe sizing, grade and fall, system dimensions, and material lists using fractions, whole numbers, linear measurements, conversions and square roots.

Co-requisites: DRA0710 and PLU0710 and PLU0711 and PLU0712 and WEL0710
24.0
PLU0710 Workplace Safety, Rigging and Hoisting Apprentices are trained in safe working habits and procedures, in accordance with applicable safety standards and regulations. Apprentices learn to protect self and others through the use of appropriate work dress, personal protective equipment and tools. Apprentices are trained to recognize hazards and learn safe rigging techniques and procedures.

Co-requisites: DRA0710 and MAT0710 and PLU0711 and PLU0712 and WEL0710
32.0
PLU0711 Plumbing Systems 1 Apprentices learn the basic functions of plumbing systems including piping materials; supports and hangers; drainage terms and definitions; locations of cleanouts; floor drains; fixture traps and fixture drain requirements. Apprentices design basic sanitary drain, waste and vent systems and learn to draw stack elevations and drain plans. Apprentices learn to recognize and use the Ontario Building Code, as it relates to plumbing.

Co-requisites: DRA0710 and MAT0710 and PLU0710 and PLU0712 and WEL0710
88.0
PLU0712 Tools and Piping Methods Apprentices become skilled at selecting, identifying, and using various tools and instruments used in the plumbing industry. Knowledge is applied to building piping projects utilizing various piping materials and joining methods.

Co-requisites: DRA0710 and MAT0710 and PLU0710 and PLU0711 and WEL0710
48.0
WEL0710 Welding for Plumbers 1 Welding is a skill essential to the Plumbing trade. Competent welding skills are developed at a basic level. Apprentices are provided with instructions on the safety precautions required when using oxyacetylene welding and cutting equipment. Apprentices are taught principles of flame types and temperatures, metal joining processes, cutting procedures and gain practical skills in cutting and welding in the flat position. Theory and practical instruction are offered in a lab setting.

Co-requisites: DRA0710 and MAT0710 and PLU0710 and PLU0711 and PLU0712
24.0
Level: 02 (Intermediate) Hours
DRA0720 Trade Documentation - Level 2 Apprentices learn to read, interpret, and apply information from construction drawings and specifications. Plumbing drawings of various complexities are produced in plan and isometric views. Apprentices learn to write effective job related documents.

Prerequisites: DRA0710

Co-requisites: MAT0720 and PLU0721 and PLU0722 and WEL0720
24.0
MAT0720 Trade Calculations - Level 2 Students develop competency in applying area and volume calculations of various geometric shapes, tanks and cylinders. Apprentices learn to calculate percentages, discounts and solve ratio and proportion problems and learn to solve trade related problems involving simple and compound interest.

Prerequisites: MAT0710

Co-requisites: DRA0720 and PLU0721 and PLU0722 and WEL0720
24.0
PLU0721 Plumbing Systems 2 Apprentices are brought up to date on the standard plumbing terms and definitions for the purpose of understanding and interpreting the provincial plumbing code. Code requirements for the drain waste and venting system are studied and practised through stack elevation and drain plans produced by the student. Apprentices are introduced to and study standard plumbing valves, interceptors, water heaters, water meters, sewage ejectors, standard piping tests, properties of water, BTU's, and the installation of plumbing fixtures and appliances.

Prerequisites: PLU0711 and PLU0712

Co-requisites: DRA0720 and MAT0720 and PLU0722 and WEL0720
120.0
PLU0722 Drainage Waste and Vent Piping Systems Apprentices become skilled at planning, designing, drawing, installing, testing and commissioning a complete four piece fixture installation.

Prerequisites: PLU0711 and PLU0712

Co-requisites: DRA0720 and MAT0720 and PLU0721 and WEL0720
48.0
WEL0720 Welding for Plumbers 2 Welding is a skill essential to the Plumbing trade. Competent welding skills are developed at an advanced level. Apprentices learn to weld basic joints using shielded metal arc welding (S.M.A.W.) process while using safety procedures, and developing knowledge of classifications of types of electrodes. Theory and practical instruction are offered in a lab setting.

Prerequisites: WEL0710

Co-requisites: DRA0720 and MAT0720 and PLU0721 and PLU0722
24.0
Level: 03 (Advanced) Hours
DRA0730 Trade Documentation - Level 3 Apprentices learn to read and interpret industrial, commercial and institutional drawings and specifications for plumbing and hydronic systems. Apprentices produce plumbing and hydronic drawings of various complexities in plan and isometric views, learn to read and interpret bids and contracts.

Prerequisites: DRA0720

Co-requisites: PLU0731 and PLU0732
48.0
PLU0731 Plumbing Systems 3 Apprentices learn to define, identify and describe the installation requirements for acid neutralizers, indirect and special wastes, commercial kitchen equipment, municipal and private water supplies and sewage disposal systems, water conditioning, water hammer, water distribution pipe sizing, cross connection and back flow prevention, standpipe and sprinkler systems, roof drain system design, hydronics heating systems, medical gas, natural gas and process piping systems. The differences between the national and provincial plumbing codes are studied.

Prerequisites: PLU0721 and PLU0722

Co-requisites: DRA0730 and PLU0732
144.0
PLU0732 Process Piping Systems Apprentices become skilled at completing labs developed to apply various plumbing system principles, such as fabrication, troubleshooting and testing. Through practical applications apprentices learn lifelong lessons of the importance of competency and quality workmanship within the plumbing industry.

Prerequisites: PLU0721 and PLU0722

Co-requisites: DRA0730 and PLU0731
48.0

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Tuition Fees: $400 per level.

Incidental Fee: $125 per level.

Information Technology Fee: $43.86 per level.

Books and supplies can be purchased at the campus bookstore.

Students are responsible for parking and locker fees, if applicable.

All students are responsible to supply and use their own personal protective equipment (such as CSA approved safety footwear, non-tinted protective eyewear, hearing protection, gloves, hard hat) as required in each lab environment.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

Program Eligibility

  • Applicants must be formally registered as apprentices, must be currently employed in the plumbing industry, and must be released by employers to attend the College.
  • Eligibility is determined by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Application Information

Registration for Apprenticeship programs takes place through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Employment Ontario. For further information, contact:

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Employment and Training Division
347 Preston Street
3rd Floor, Suite 310
Ottawa, ON K1S 3H8

Telephone: 613-731-7100
Toll-free: 1-877-221-1220

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Don McMullen, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723, ext. 5175 or Don.Mcmullen@algonquincollege.com.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time