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.

Piping Trades: Plumber, Steamfitter, Piperfitter, Sprinklerfitter

This foundation program 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.

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)
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Location

Kamloops

Next program intakes

Feb. 3, 2020 - July 24, 2020
Feb. 1, 2021 - July 23, 2021

Program length

25 weeks

Contact
trades@tru.ca

Plumber

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.

Apprenticeship training dates

 FromToLocation
PLUMB - Level 1 (Harmonized) Apr 14, 2020 May 29, 2020 Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 1 (Harmonized) Mar 01, 2021 Apr 16, 2021 Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 2 Nov 12, 2019 Dec 20, 2019  Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 2 (Harmonized) Apr 14, 2020 Jun 05, 2020 Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 2 (Harmonized) Sep 14, 2020 Nov 06, 2020 Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 3 Jan 06, 2020 Feb 14, 2020 FULL Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 3 Nov 09, 2020 Dec 18, 2020 Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 4 Feb 18, 2020 Apr 09, 2020 (6 spots) Kamloops
PLUMB - Level 4 Jan 04, 2021 Feb 26, 2021 Kamloops

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

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Contact

apprenticeship@tru.ca

Costs for Plumber programs

Fees are based on 2019 rates and are subject to change.

Costs include items such as student/ancillary fees, books, personal tools and safety gear, which are kept by students when they graduate from the program.

General
Application fee $29.83
Accuplacer exam fee  $37
Accuplacer rewrites $25
Parking (student parking website) $2.50 (pass) Motorcycle
$5 per day
Plumbing Foundation
Tuition $2,475.00
Student and lab fees $825.00
Learning guides and/or textbooks $565.00
Tool box with hand tools $425.00
CSA work boots, clear safety glasses, 1-2 sets coveralls $275.00
Calculator, 3-ring binder, paper, pens, etc. $50
Total $4,615.00