Plumber

Plumber
Fast Fact:

The word "plumber" comes from the Latin word for lead "plumbum". The table of the elements symbol for lead is Pb.

How Do I Start?

Contact the local building trade office for assistance. We’ll be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. We can also help you contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission to register you as an apprentice.

Contacts:
Plumber/Pipefitter Local 179
306-569-0624
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Keep it uphill

Be the builder of the infrastructure we take for granted – until something goes wrong. As a plumber, you will install and repair pipes and fixtures for water, sewer and heating systems. Your work will bring comfort, convenience and beauty to homes and workplaces.

If you are equally comfortable with people and power tools, have an aptitude for numbers and have a good memory, consider plumbing as a career!

Frequently asked questions:

How long is the training for this trade?
Training for this trade requires a total of 1800 hours of technical training and on-the-job experience each year for four years. Technical training is 15% of the 1800 hours; on-the-job training makes up the other 85%. There are 4 levels of technical training:

Level 1: 8 weeks
Level 2: 8 weeks
Level 3: 7 weeks
Level 4: 7 weeks

After you have met all of the requirements for journeyperson certification, you will receive a Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate and a Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification.

Where can I study for this trade?
Theoretical training for this trade is offered through the SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon.
Is this trade Red Seal certifiable?
Yes, inter-provincial Red Seal Certification is available for this trade.

What if I don’t have my grade 12? Can I still look into this trade?
Yes. The academic requirements for entry into this trade are not related to high school grade level. If you do NOT have grade 12, contact Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission to have your academic qualifications assessed.
Click here for the Sask Apprenticeship website. Or email Sask Apprenticeship.

I am a new high school graduate. Does this help me?
Yes. Employers do usually prefer workers who have grade 12, and a grade 12 diploma guarantees you have met the academic requirements for entry into this trade.

Why should I apprentice with an organized/unionized tradesperson?
Entry to this trade program requires the partnership of an employer and the supervision of a certified journeyperson. NOTE: You MUST be registered as an apprentice to work in this trade. Working with a unionized tradesperson means you will do your required on-the-job training with a skilled, professional employer who will mentor you through your apprenticeship, ensuring you have the highest quality work experience in the safest of working environments.

An added bonus is that being involved with an organized/unionized tradesperson from the start helps you to network as you build your new career.  

You can do it on your own, but why would you? Nothing worthwhile is ever constructed alone.