Program Code: COWD 111
Credential: Certificate of Accomplishment
Program Length: 12 weeks
Start Date: Please Note: The intake for the Spring 2022 cohort is now full. Please check back in January 2023 for updates related to future cohorts of this program.
The Plumbing/Welding Pre-Apprenticeship Program at Humber College is a tuition-free program (funded by the Government of Ontario) that is designed to help youth (ages 18-29) transition to an apprenticeship in the trade of Plumbing. This program seeks to address the barriers faced by participants who have tried to enter an apprenticeship but encountered issues around a lack of experience.
As a participant, you will receive Level 1 plumber apprenticeship training as well as exposure to the trade of Welding. It will provide you with the academic and practical experience required to succeed in the skilled trades. The program includes a paid work placement of 8 to 12 weeks (dependent on employer).
The City of Toronto – Canada’s largest city – uses 1.24 million cubic metres of water on an average day. This is enough to fill the Rogers Centre stadium every day for a year. At the same time, Toronto produces a similar volume of sewage or waste water every day. This shows how cities and towns all over the country provide career opportunities in many sectors within the plumbing industry. You can work in new construction work in different sectors such as low-rise residential (housing), high-rise residential (condominiums), or commercial and industrial construction. You can install piping systems for the distribution and use of potable water and the safe removal of sanitary sewage. You could choose to do renovation and remodeling of existing plumbing systems or to repair and maintain these existing systems. Finally, you could choose to work in a related aspect of the plumbing industry such as system design, inspections or the plumbing material wholesale sector.
The addition of Welding, as a secondary trade, will also allow participants to broaden the scope of jobs they may be able to apply to, as many roles will require some basic welding knowledge in order to work on the various job sites involving new installs and repair of existing pipes
The program includes: Paid Work Placements (8-12 weeks: dependent on employer, as well as student participation and input throughout program)
On successful completion of this course, the apprentice is able to demonstrate the ability to identify steel pipe and fitting composition, design, manufacture, terminology, available lengths and diameters as well as previous and current approved uses; to identify cast iron soil pipe and fittings, terminology, available lengths and diameters as well as previous and current approved uses; to identify different plastic pipe, copper pipe, glass pipe and fittings, distinguishing characteristics, selection factors, applications, joining methods and support requirements; and to recognize, identify, and use the Ontario Building Code (OBC).
On successful completion of this course, the apprentice is able to demonstrate the ability to identify and use various drafting instruments, to identify and draw various isometric and orthographic projection drawings and to react to and carry out instructions.
On successful completion of this course, the apprentice is able to demonstrate his or her ability in basic arithmetic functions with whole numbers; to convert SI to imperial measurements and imperial to SI measurements; to identify, define and use linear measurements in piping systems and calculate various pipe offsets used in the piping industry; and calculate square roots and solve problems involving calculation of square roots.
On successful completion of this course, the apprentice is able to demonstrate the ability to identify oxy-acetylene cutting, weld faults and control distortion and welding equipment and accessories, including the construction, operation, assembly and disassembly, and to demonstrate the ability to lay beads, tack and weld butt joints with filler rod in the flat position.
On successful completion of this course, the apprentice is able to demonstrate safe working habits and procedures in accordance with applicable safety standards and regulations; to recognize and assess hazardous conditions and potential damage and/or injury with equipment and/or materials that are not in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and company/employer standards as well as applicable codes and regulations; to safely plan the erection, use and dismantling of platforms and scaffolding; and to determine the weight, size and any special rigging requirements needed to rig and hoist material and equipment in compliance with the OHSA and company/customer safety precautions.
On successful completion of this course, the apprentice is able to demonstrate the ability to identify, select and use various measuring tools, hand tools and instruments; to assemble steel pipe, cast iron soil pipe, copper pipe and fitting using various joining methods; and to identify, calculate and assemble a variety of piping projects incorporating different materials and offsets.
Eligibility and Program Requirements