- Ontario College Certificate
- Program Code:
- Trades & Apprenticeship
- Academic Year:
- 2018 / 2019
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the ProgramThis 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 InformationLength: 720-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
- Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).
- 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 Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). In addition, MAESD 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?For information on the apprenticeship system in Ontario, including how to register as an apprentice, visit the apprenticeship section of our website.
Tuition & FeesFees are set by MAESD as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional.
Refer to the apprentice orientation page for further details on these additional fees (First Day Checklist).
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Graduate OpportunitiesPlumbers 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: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
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.
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|
|COMM1330||Trade Documentation I
Description: The successful completion of this course will enable the student 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 student 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.
|MATH1330||Piping Systems Calculations I
Description: This course enables the student to apply basic mathematical principles to solve trade‑related problems. The astudent 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.
|OHS1370||Workplace Safety, Rigging and Hoisting
Description: Throughout the course, students will apply safe working habits and procedures, in accordance with applicable safety standards and regulations in the construction industry. Students are made aware to protect themselves and co-workers through the use of appropriate work dress, personal protective equipment and tools. They are trained to recognize hazards and learn correct lifting and hoisting procedures and the safe use of rigging equipment. Additionally, they are also taught the importance of communication and strong interpersonal relationships in the workplace.
|PLMB1011||Trade Theory I
Description: The successful completion of this course will enable the students 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 student to explain the Ontario Plumbing Regulation and use it to determine proper trap sizes, drain sizes, and vent sizes and their applications.
|PLMB1020||Trade Practice I
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.
|COMM2060||Trade Documentation II
Description: The successful completion of this course will enable the student 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 II
Description: This course enables the student to solve problems involving square roots, and area and volume calculations, calculate rolled offsets, and solve percentage, ratio and proportion problems.
|PLMB2010||Trade Theory II
Description: This course enables the student 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, this courses will also enables the student 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 course enables the student 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.
|PLMB2020||Trade Practice II
Description: The successful completion of this course will enable the student 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 student 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 student to fundamental concepts. The shop component will see the student implement safe working practices along with skills development in the SMAW process. Students will practice the butt, lap and t-joint on mild steel using the above welding process. Students will learn about the required equipment and demonstrate proper and safe set up procedures.
|COMM3010||Trade Documentation III
Description: The successful completion of this course will enable the student to read architectural drawings of a commercial building, interpret plumbing specifications and prepare working drawings of plumbing systems for a commercial building. This course also enables the student 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.
|PLMB3011||Trade Theory III
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.
|PLMB3021||Trade Practice III
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.
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.