Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Plumber

Plumbers install, alter and repair the systems that keep our water and waste disposal systems running, and that provide many of the basic amenities we rely on day-to-day. They read and interpret blueprints and project specifications. Plumbers also select the type and size of pipe required for a project and measure, shape and join pipes according to the appropriate specifications. They sometimes alter structures to accommodate the pipes.

Plumbing Foundation

Plumbing foundation also covers:

Students gain familiarity with the hand and power tools used in the field. Hands-on use of the tools and piping materials like copper, cast iron, black iron, and plastics comprise about 50% of the course. Fixture installation is part of this as well. The other half of the course consists of pre-practical training, as well as safety, trade math, and science. The students will be actively involved in the plumbing of a house in the community, working with other trade entry students from carpentry and the electrical departments.

Course length: 25 weeks
Education requirements
General requirements
  • Canadian citizenship, or landed immigrant status
  • Students must supply own coveralls, boots, safety glasses, and gloves
Documentation requirements
  • Proof of citizenship or landed immigrant status required if applicant not born in Canada
  • Proof of successful reading and math pre-test results
  • Verification of personal interview with the instructor
Pre-test schedule

To arrange for the Accuplacer test contact the TRU Assessment Centre at 250-828-5470. Arrangements can be made for out-of-town applicants to write the pre-test at an authorized testing centre in their community.

Other requirements
  • $16.83 per month lab/studio fee
  • Students are required to purchase their own tool boxes and tools — available at the Tool Room TT252 ($340)

Apprenticeship

At TRU the four levels or years of the plumbing apprenticeship training are offered. As well, fourth-year students are given instruction in natural gas code and installation and have the opportunity to write and acquire a Class GBEE Gasfitters license as well as their Interprovincial Plumbing Trades Qualification.

Requirements

Apprentices must purchase the required textbooks and provincial competency manuals. Students are also required to pay tuition fees while attending TRU.

All apprenticeships have a waitlist. Adding your name is free, and you will be contacted when your name comes up.