Part Time: July 06, 2022 – September 14, 2022
The Steamfitter/Pipefitter Red Seal Examination Preparation Course has been designed to prepare students to challenge and successfully pass the Red Seal Examination for Steamfitter/Pipefitter. The Red Seal Occupational Standard for this trade is carefully followed to ensure that students are fully prepared to meet the requirements of the examination.
This course is for participants who have the requisite theoretical and practical knowledge and have been pre-approved to challenge the Red Seal examination. The course will guide candidates and help prepare them to become Red Seal Certified.
Students will have eleven weeks to complete the course.
Steamfitters/Pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, repair and service equipment and piping systems carrying water, steam, fluids, gases, chemicals and fuel in various systems such as heating, cooling, lubricating and process piping systems.
They read and interpret drawings, specifications and codes to determine layout, type and size of pipe, and tools to use. They measure, cut, thread, groove, bend, solder, braze, assemble and install metal, plastic and fiberglass pipes, valves and fittings. As well, they must be able to join and secure pipe sections of related equipment. They check systems for leaks. Steamfitters/Pipefitters also do general maintenance work including replacement of worn components. Steamfitters/Pipefitters must carry out quality control checks on work performed. The system must be tested and commissioned to verify the quality of work and to confirm that the system is functioning to design specifications. They use welding, cutting, shaping, soldering, threading and brazing equipment to join pipes and fabricate sections of piping systems. Areas of specialization in this trade include maintenance, quality control, rigging, fabrication and installation of various types of systems and specialty piping. Steamfitters/Pipefitters work both indoors and outdoors at physically demanding tasks that often require working at heights.
Steamfitters/Pipefitters must have mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, mathematical skills, an ability to read and understand complex instructions and an ability to do careful and exacting work. They sometimes work in uncomfortable or cramped positions. The work can also be physically demanding.
With experience, steamfitters/pipefitters may advance to positions such as foreman, contractor, owner, superintendent and instructor.
Steam systems are being installed less frequently in office and commercial facilities. However, these systems are still prevalent in facilities utilizing central heating plants such as hospitals and college/university campuses. Steamfitters/Pipefitters work in many sectors including pipelines, nuclear energy, mining, petro-chemical, natural gas, sawmills, offshore oil and gas, shipbuilding, automotive, pulp and paper, commercial and institutional. In some jurisdictions, steamfitting/pipefitting work is increasing in certain sectors, such as gas plants and shipbuilding. Due to changing demands on the industry and an aging workforce, there may be a requirement for more steamfitter/pipefitters in Canada. Plastic pipe is increasingly being used in residential, commercial and institutional sectors for certain applications. In industries such as pulp and paper, shipbuilding, mining and chemical, there is an increase in the use of specialized materials. New materials are becoming economically feasible, driving changes in structural design, especially in industrial and institutional sectors. Renewable energy systems such as geo-exchange, geothermal, solar, radiant, refrigeration, heat recovery and central cooling plants are becoming more prevalent. There are new technologies for water heating such as low-mass boilers, on-demand (flow-through) hot water systems, condensing boilers, biomass, high-efficiency boilers and co-generation boilers. Heating and cooling systems are becoming increasingly hybridized making it less clear where one system ends and the other begins. There is an increase in the use of hydraulic/pneumatic/electric cutting and bevelling tools for pipe-end preparation. Hydraulic/pneumatic/electric tensioning and torquing equipment is also becoming more common in the trade. There is an increase in the use of flame-free pipe press-connection technology, which increases efficiency and safety. There is an ongoing trend towards the use of computers for reports, schedules, ordering material, completion of forms, rendering drawings (computer-aided design or CAD), system analysis and service, and control of heating/cooling systems. The use of digital equipment for the trade such as smartphones, laser and digital layout equipment such as total station and GPS technology is increasingly important for trade activities. Modularization and prefabrication is becoming more common and the installation of these materials requires fewer field runs.
Note: Before registering for any Red Seal Exam Preparation courses, please contact your local trades authority to confirm your eligibility to write the relevant Red Seal Exam.
Byron Vazquez is a Red-Seal Journeyman Steamfitter/Pipefitter. Born and raised in Toronto, he relocated to Western Canada in 2013. He has been involved in industrial construction for the past 8 years and has participated in major projects across both Alberta and British Columbia. He is the owner and operator of a small mechanical company, with plans to expand in the near future. He is also currently in the process of securing a BBA degree and a Red-Seal designation in the Welding trade. He finds assisting in the growth of individuals to be truly rewarding. He believes that all things are possible through hard work. His ultimate goal is to help students achieve their Red Seal designation in the piping trade.
Jim Cameron is a Red Seal Plumber, Class “A” Gasfitter and a Red Seal Steamfitter/Pipefitter. Jim has over 40 years of trade experience both in the field and as an instructor and curriculum developer for NAIT, SAIT, Centro Nacional para la Certification Industrial (Cuba), Lanzhou Petroleum Corporation (China), Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, and Pacific Vocational College. As a field hand, Jim has worked as a journeyman, foreman, general foreman, site superintendent and as the owner of a mechanical contracting company. Jim officially retired in 2018, but he still enjoys instructing students online and in-person and works in the field for one or two months of the year. He makes his home in Mexico and Canada.
Junior Ferguson is a Red Seal Journeyman welder, CWB Level 2 Visual Inspector, and small business owner currently living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He started his career at Nova Scotia Community College In 1994 and soon after moved to British Columbia for 12 years where he worked at various shops in the lower mainland near Vancouver, working on a large variety of projects such as Transport, Aviation, Medical, and Military Research and Development.
In 2001 Junior passed his CWB Level 2 Visual Inspectors’ certification and started doing shutdowns as a Quality Control Supervisor on many different sites across the country. During this time, he ended up spending a lot of time with the training and testing of welders for ASME Section IX certifications and has provincial welder testing accreditation in Saskatchewan. During this time, he developed a passion for helping others learn and develop their welding skills and knowledge.
He believes that in this, and any other trade if you’re not learning something new each day, you’re not doing it right. You should always expand and pass on your knowledge in the trades. He feels teaching is not just about passing on the knowledge, but learning from the students as well, to get the best results from any interaction whether it be in the classroom or out on the job. His personal hobbies include computers and technology, and building things in the shop with his kids.
The registration fee for this course is $495.
Live Online Students
Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.
This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.