COURSES OFFERED

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We provide comprehensive, personalized instruction at two locations in Saskatchewan, Saskatoon and Regina.

Saskatchewan Piping Industry Joint Training Committee has provided the very best training opportunities to the unionized sector of the piping industry of Saskatchewan.  Throughout history, it has endorsed and encouraged higher-level skill sets for piping Apprentices and Journeypersons, in comparison to other craft unions in this Province.  Our organization truly, and without question, leads the way.  We have provided the necessary training and support to our Apprentices and Journeypersons in a wide range of training opportunities in the past and present.

GAS RELATED COURSES

GAS CODE AND GAS UPDATING PROGRAM - DOMESTIC  Approx. 60 hrs.

A program to prepare the student to successfully challenge the Domestic Gas exam.  The course includes an in-depth study of the gas and propane codes, gas controls, installation practices, and maintenance of gas fired equipment.  Domestic Gas is for any systems BELOW 400,000 BTU.  Note: All applicants that wish to challenge the Gas License must have completed Level 4 training. 


GAS CODE AND GAS UPDATING PROGRAM - GENERAL  Approx. 60 hrs.

A program to prepare the student to successfully challenge the Domestic Gas exam.  The course includes an in-depth study of the gas and propane codes, gas controls, installation practices, and maintenance of gas fired equipment.  General Gas is for any systems ABOVE 400,000 BTU.  Note: As per Provincial requirements applicants that wish to challenge the Gas Licence must be in either the Plumber or the Steamfitter/Pipefitter Trades or a Refrigeration Journeyperson. To challenge the General Gas, you must hold Journey status in either the Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter, or Refrigeration trades. All applicants must comply with SATCCC requirements for this exam.


ARC FLASH PROGRAM  Approx. 8 hrs.

This is an 8-hour E-Hazard Certification Program that members that work in the service industry should take.  It is informative, provides up to date information of the dangers of arc-flash and how to protect yourself while performing service.  Certification is good for 3-years.

BASIC ELECTRICAL FOR GAS SERVICE   Approx. 8 hrs.

An introduction to basic electrical for gas service work. Coverage includes interpretation of schematic drawings, ladder diagrams, symbology etc.  Focus is on system operation and electrical safety.


COMBUSTION AND CARBON MONOXIDE AWARENESS COURSE   Approx. 8 hrs.

A course designed to increase your awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and provide the learner with the necessary information to pick out potential problems in gas fired equipment.


GAS SERVICE LEVEL 1  Approx. 8 hrs. plus homework and a take home exam to be completed and then returned for marking before receiving certification.  This course includes practical electricity, skills analysis, multi-speed motors, capacitors, troubleshooting smart valves through lab demonstrations, various methods for testing flame rectification systems, practical experiments, and many demonstrations and labs.  Note: must complete and pass this program to be eligible for the Level 2 Gas Service Program.

PIPE TRADES UPDATING / UPGRADING PROGRAM

STEAMFITTER/PIPEFITTER IP RED SEAL UPDATING PROGRAM Approx. 120 hrs.  with at least 150 hours of home study.   A course in Pipefitting Trade Math and Science, Steam Systems, Hydronic Heating and Cooling Systems, Process Piping, Fabrication and Pipe Drafting and other areas of Specialty Piping associated with the Steamfitter/Pipefitter training curricula.  Program is to prepare U.A. Members for the Red Seal Inter-provincial Journey-person Exam.  Note: must meet the SATCC requirements to challenge this exam


PLUMBER IP RED SEAL UPDATING PROGRAM   Approx. 120 hrs.  with at least 150 hours of home study.

The course of study will provide instruction to prepare a member (that meets the requirements) to write the Provincial or Inter-provincial Plumbing exam.  The program covers Math, Science, Fixtures, Water Supply, Rural Plumbing, Specialty Piping, Safety, Rigging, and other areas associated with the Plumber Trade.

Note: must meet SATCC criteria to challenge this test.

NAUSC CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

P.I.P.E.S. RIGGER PROGRAM (CSA) Approx. 40 hrs.  

A partnership has been formed with the United Association Canada (UA), the National Association of Union Schools and Colleges (NAUSC), and CSA Group. This initiative will provide a Canadian piping trades training and certification national standard for rigging that will ensure safe and productive worksites for anyone involved in installation and maintenance of piping systems in all areas of the piping industry in Canada.  It has both a theory and practical component.  NOTE:  The price of the exam as well as the re-write is paid by the participant, not SPIJTC.  All registrants must challenge and pass the CSA test to be certified.

MEDICAL GAS CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (CSA)  Approx. 40 hrs.

The Medical Gas Piping and Systems Installation occupational certification program has been developed by CSA Group in conjunction with industry stakeholders to provide assurance that an individual possesses the competencies deemed necessary to perform the job function of a Medical Gas Piping and Systems Installer.  NOTE:  The price of the exam as well as the re-write is paid by the participant, not SPIJTC.  All registrants must hold a Journeyperson Certificate in the Plumber or Steamfitter Trades and must challenge and pass the CSA test to be certified.

SHOP STEWARD COURSE  Approx. 16 hrs.

This certification program is designed to provide consistent training for all Stewards across Canada and to emphasize the UA Standard for Excellence and the Steward’s critical role in its success. Stewards will gain a strong understanding of their role in working with the supervision in the workplace environment.  Methods for working with management and union members toward a more productive jobsite, while ensuring that workplace issues do not escalate and interfere with operations and productivity on the job will be explained. Other topics that are covered include workplace law and the historical background on unions with discussion on how they relate to the role of a working union steward


FOREMAN  COURSE  Approx. 40 hrs.

Competent leadership is critical to the success of any organization. This program is designed primarily to provide Journeypersons with the essential entry level training required to move into supervisory roles, delivered by Instructors that have real world experience as construction Foremen.  It offers key tools and information that will further develop experienced leaders within the construction industry. Improving leadership skills is at the forefront of this program and participants will be challenged with real-world scenarios that emulate the diverse duties of a job-site Foreman as they work independently and in teams to complete various assignments based on real world projects. Those that apply this training in the workplace will see positive results to their organization, work flow and job site productivity, and especially safety, as this is a key component and by-product of the NAUSC Foreman program.


INSPECTION, TESTING AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM  Approx. 40 hrs.  

The NAUSC ITM Certification Program was developed to aid in the education and training of those employed within the field of inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems. Through coverage of various principles and processes, as well as, expectations, roles and responsibilities related to ITM, this certification provides new and existing inspectors with consistent and quality training that industry can depend on. This program is not intended to supersede the procedures and methodology established by contractors but rather to emphasize recognition of the requirements and experiences involved with such work. With the support of contractors and CASA, the NAUSC ITM certification program can help reduce the liability and anxiety associated with inspections.


COLD CUTTING PROGRAM   Approx. 21 hrs.  

The NAUSC Cold Cutting Certificate will benefit every journeyperson who is interested in working on site performing cold cutting operations on large diameter and heavy wall specialty piping systems. The program is designed to give participants a better understanding of the complexities of working safely as cold cutting specialists as defined by the piping industry. Work site safety, provincial O.H.S. along with the latest equipment and techniques found in the field will be discussed. Participants will develop skills in the operation and maintenance of equipment, as well as, the application of required calculations that are used to ensure precise cuts and bevelling for welding operations.


CONTROLLED BOLTING PROGRAM    Approx. 40 hrs.  

The NAUSC Controlled Bolting program is designed to ensure that participants are prepared to operate and maintain equipment used for flange and vessel bolting operations for high pressure and process systems in plants and refineries in the construction and maintenance industries. Participants will use calculations to determine the necessary parameters for the proper assembly and disassembly of pressure bolted joints using specialty hydraulic equipment. This is key to ensuring that operations for high pressure applications can guarantee leak free start-up of systems. 


McElroy FUSION PROGRAM   Approx. 40 hrs.  

This program from McElroy and NAUSC will certify the candidate on polypropylene fusion, polyethylene butt fusion and socket fusion.

SPRINKLERFITTER COURSES

NFPA CODE COURSE  Approx. 16 hrs.

A program for Sprinklerfitter's who want to update their understanding and application of the current NFPA code.


FIRE PUMP COURSE  Approx. 16 hrs.

This course is for Sprinklerfitter's who wish to learn the proper set up, commissioning and maintenance of fire pumps used in this industry.


SPRINKLER HEAD COURSE  Approx. 8 hrs.

A course that goes through the various heads associated with a sprinkler installation and proper installation techniques. This course is under development currently. Please identify your interest and as soon as we are ready to run the course it will be offered.

PIPE WELDING COURSES

BASIC WELDING FOR PIPE TRADES APPRENTICES & JOURNEYMEN  Approx. 16 hrs.

Course covers oxy-acetylene cutting and brazing, arc welding of plate in all positions, cutting of plate and pipe.  Ideal for plumbers and fitters who want to update their skills in welding


TIG AND SPECIALTY WELDING  Approx. 40 hrs.

For welders who want to upgrade their welding skills in basic TIG procedures and specialty alloys.  Program provides specialty training in stainless, carbon steel, chrome, aluminum and other metal alloys found on U.A. job sites.

STT / POWERWAVE PROGRAM   Approx. 16 hrs.

Surface Tension Transfer (STT) welding is a process used in production welding in fabrication shops.

SMALL DIAMETER ORBITAL WELDING PROGRAM   Approx. 16 hrs.

This program utilized the Swagelok Orbital Welding machine for welding small diameter SS or CS tube and tubing.

PRESSURE WELDER PRACTICE

The weld shops in both training centers are utilized during the week by welders wishing to practice their welding prior to tests days. Our shops are available most days and are not available for this service on weld test days. You need to call the training center to find out if shop access is available on the dates you wish to practice.


PRESSURE WELD TESTING           

TSASK is responsible for welder testing in Saskatchewan.  Pressure tests are done at our training centers as we have a formal agreement and contract with TSASK to provide them shop access on testing days. 

To schedule a test, call TSASK directly at 1-866-530-8599.


CWB WELD TESTING        

CWB is responsible for testing to CWB Standards. Saskatchewan Piping Industry has a formal agreement with them and they use our weld shops on test days. To register call the Saskatoon office at 1-306-651-3737. 

NOTE:  Replacement or lost cards can be re-issued at a cost of $35 per card.  Must be paid at time of request.


BRAZE TESTING FOR TSASK        

A new initiative by TSASK to start formal testing for brazing of refrigeration joints has been a long time coming. 

To schedule a test, call TSASK directly at 1-866-530-8599.

SAFETY COURSES

FALL ARREST - 8 hours

This full day program will allow you to understand the use of fall protection, as it relates to what you do at height. Various fall protection options exist, this course will identify which options may best meet your needs, and give you the tools and knowledge to work at height safely.   Features:  Hazard identification, Regulatory bodies, Fall safety systems and planning, Shared and personal systems, Anchor points, Body holding devices,  Connectors,  Descent/Rescue - overview, Equipment care, Hands-on workshop, Fall arrest system evaluation (video analysis)

AWP - 8 hours

This Aerial Platform Training Program is designed to provide elevated work platform operators with a solid foundation in:  Health & Safety Standards, Preventative Maintenance, Proper Procedures for Safe Operation of Boom Lifts.  Boom Lift and Scissor Lift training classes consist of classroom theory, a written test and practical hands on aerial lift experience. Course content is delivered through multimedia presentations, and reinforced through workbooks and supplementary handouts.

PIPING, JOINTING, HAND TOOL COURSES

PIPING OFF SET AND PIPE MEASURING TUNE-UP CLASS   Approx. 8 hrs.

A practical hand on program which will help individuals to tune up their skills.

SOLDERING AND BRAZING  Approx. 8 hrs.

A practical hand on program that will assist our beginner members to properly use soldering and brazing equipment.

PIPE FABRICATION AND FITTING LAYOUTS   Approx. 30 hrs.

An excellent course for both Apprentices and Journeypersons.  Learn how to layout Y-laterals, saddle-on tees, miter fittings, use pre-determined ordinate lengths to layout the cut-lines as well as learn how to do basic math to determine lay-out dimensions, spool sheets, fitting deductions, developing cut lists are also a part of this course.


PRESS FIT / MEGA PRESS / PEX PRESS  Approx. 2 hrs.

A practical course that allows you to use the Viega pipe jointing tools for Press Fit connections.


CORE TOOL TRAINING  Approx. 8 hrs.

This program will go through several basic hand tools operation and safe usage.


TUBE BENDING   Approx 8 hrs.

This course will introduce you to small diameter Swagelok bending tools as well as the Swagelok bench mounted bender.

ON-LINE COURSES

PIPE TRADES MATH VIEGA

Members now have access to the Bluevolt on-line training system.  To access this, you must email me that you want to be signed up and then you will then be signed up through Viega.  They will send the members a confirmation email plus a link to access Blue Volt on-line training.


HYDRONIC PIPING AND CONTROLS VIEGA

This course is intended to introduce the Apprentice and Journeyperson to the basic components and operation of a hydronic heating system.


SCIENCE 101

This course covers the basic trade science which covers the basics of liquids, solids and gas properties, as well as exploring motion, force and thermal expansion.


HYDRONICS 101

This on-line course goes through the fundamentals of Hot Water Heating Systems.  There is theory, flow diagrams and a series of questions that the learner can access on-line.


RADIANT DESIGN

This on-line course will cover the following modules related to Radiant Heating.  Module 1 - History of Radiant , Module 2 - Heat Transfer, Module 3 - Heat loss (Panels) , Module 4 - Heat Loss (Infiltration), Module 5 - Heat Loss (Slab) , Module 6 - Heat Loss (Sample) ,Module 7 - Advantages of Radiant , Module 8 - Radiant Panel Options, Module 9 - Tubing Layout Options , Module 10 - BTU Outputs, Module 12 - Pressure Drop.


MAKING PRO-PRESS, MEGA PRESS, PRO-PRESS XL-C, VIEGA PRESS JOINTING CONNECTIONS

A series of short video clips that illustrate proper jointing methods for the joint connections shown.

SIMULATOR COURSES

VIEGA HYDRONIC DESIGN LOOPCAD   Approx. 40 hrs.

This course is intended for use with the Viega Hydronic Mixing Block simulator board zone control boards and LoopCAD Hydronic Design. This course is designed to familiarize users with LoopCAD® design software. The course is intended to cover basic functions and familiarize a student with the software and its application. Upon completion, a student should be able to complete a full design and layout on a residential home.  The course will also  cover functions, applications, and designing hydronic systems with the use of the Hydronic Mixing Block and VTEN simulator.

TORNATECH FIRE PUMP SIMULATOR COURSE   Approx. 4-6 hrs.

This program uses Tornatech Simulators that have built in faults to challenge the Sprinklerfitter to work on various Fire Pump problems and scenarios.

OTHER COURSES

ORIENTATION PROGRAM  Approx. 1 hr.

A program designed to introduce the probationary and new Apprentice to the Piping Trades and the United Association. This program is mandatory for all probationary, and indentured Apprentices. Scheduled in conjunction with the trades school sessions.

BLUEPRINT READING FOR STEAMFITTER / PIPEFITTER   Approx. 30 hrs.

This program utilizes U.A. training materials supplemented by additional materials developed by the Joint Training Committee.


INTRODUCTION TO QUALITY CONTROL / QUALITY ASSURANCE    Approx. 8 hrs.

This is a seminar to provide you with the necessary information to understand the concepts of QC/QA as well as providing you with the necessary information to properly document job site information related to QC/QA issues.

BASIC REFRIGERATION THEORY    Approx. 8 hrs.

This course is designed to cover the basic refrigeration theory, components of a refrigeration system and installation requirements

 

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