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  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Periods

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You’re a gasfitter. You know how to size, install, test, adjust and service natural gas and propane equipment ranging from residential furnaces to industrial boilers. You’re comfortable repairing and extending gas mains, and installing, repairing and servicing pipes and fittings between mains and buildings.

But you want to learn more, like how to repair underground gas mains and distribution pipes, or how to convert appliances to use other fuels, like propane or natural gas. Maybe you need more training installing vents and flues for gas-consuming appliances, like ranges, dryers, barbecues, etc. At NAIT, where we are the largest pipe trades training facility in Alberta, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

Did You Know

We are the largest pipe trades training facility in Alberta. The major pipe trades include Gasfitter

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

If you like working independently with little direction or supervision, as well as job security and variety, then you will enjoy working as a gasfitter.

Gasfitters work both indoors and outdoors at physically demanding tasks. They are sometimes called in an emergency related to gas lines or leaks. As you work with explosive gases and power tools, a high priority is placed on safety training.

To be successful as a gasfitter, you must have:

  • the ability to work with little supervision
  • the skill to diagnose problems
  • the ability to lift in excess of 25 kgs
  • mechanical, electrical and electronic aptitude
  • manual dexterity
  • customer service skills

Gasfitters train at the Suncor Energy Centre for Piping Systems Technology at Patricia Campus (12204 – 149 St NW), with some training for gas utility operators being delivered at the Enform facility in Nisku.

Enter the workforce with confidence

As a gasfitter, you will be employed in the construction, manufacturing and utilities industries, primarily by mechanical and service companies or propane distributors.

Gasfitter A certification is required to work on appliances exceeded 400,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs). Gasfitter B certification can only work on units below 400,000 BTUs.

Experienced gasfitters can advance to become supervisors, maintenance or service managers, or start their own contracting business.

 

Contact Us

For more information about the Gasfitter program at NAIT

Email: pipetrades@nait.ca
Phone: 780.378.7200



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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

The term of apprenticeship for gasfitters is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in

  • gasfitting theory and code interpretation
  • gasfitting pipe installation
  • burners and combustion
  • gas shop and lab work
  • related math and science
  • blueprint reading for residential gasfitting

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in

  • gasfitting theory and code interpretation
  • gasfitting pipe installation
  • burners and combustion
  • gas shop and lab work
  • related math and science
  • blueprint reading for residential gasfitting and an introduction to commercial gasfitting up to 400MBH

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in

  • gasfitting theory and code interpretation
  • gas shop and lab work
  • propane theory
  • electrical theory and electronics
  • introduction to refrigeration and air conditioning
  • commercial / industrial gas burner control systems and troubleshooting
  • commercial / industrial appliance control systems

Period 1

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $825.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $134.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $550.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $134.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $350.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $134.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

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Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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