Plumbing Techniques Program (T165)

Plumbing Techniques
School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades
Casa Loma Campus
1 year (2 semesters)
Ontario College Certificate
This program focuses on residential, commercial and industrial applications in the plumbing industry, paying particular attention to residential plumbing. It is a hands-on program that may benefit anyone seeking to enter an apprenticeship or any construction-related career path.

Full Program Descriptions


The Plumbing Techniques program focuses on residential, commercial and industrial applications in the plumbing industry, paying particular attention to residential plumbing. It is a hands-on program that may benefit anyone seeking to enter an apprenticeship or any construction-related career path.

Through hands-on projects you will learn about:

  • Tools, materials, equipment and methods used in the plumbing industry
  • Estimating materials and labour costs
  • Proper use of hand tools and power tools
  • Safety practices and procedures associated with these tools

The program includes studying industry standards and building codes while considering health and safety issues and energy conservation.

Projects include:

  • Constructing and testing both drain and water systems
  • Learning how to install hot water heaters and a variety of residential plumbing fixtures
  • Research on the science of sanitation, water, and the forces acting on a sealed piping system with and without atmospheric pressure applied to it
  • Studying blueprints and learning basic drafting techniques that will enable you to design, comprehend and build plumbing systems
  • A final project will focus on how to maintain the plumbing system you install and those that you may encounter in the future.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Printable Curriculum Planner 2016-2017 PDF icon


semester courses
Code Course name
BLDG1112 Introduction to Plumbing (Theory)
BLDG1113 Experience Plumbing (Shop)
BLDG1114 Trade Documentation
BLDG1110 Introduction to Welding and Steamfitting (Theory)
BLDG1111 Experience Welding and Steamfitting (Shop)
COMM1007 College English


semester courses
Code Course name
BLDG1115 Safety, Hoisting and Rigging
BLDG1116 Plumbing Theory
BLDG1117 Plumbing Practical Techniques
BLDG1118 Plumbing Math
BLDG1119 Blueprints and Graphic Communication
GNED General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

The Industry 

The construction industry is one of the country’s largest employers, and skilled trades workers are among the highest paid and most in demand in Canada.

Your Career 

As a graduate of the program, you can bring entry-level plumbing skills to future employers. You can use this Plumbing Techniques program in pursuing related work in areas such as:

  • plumber
  • steamfitter
  • sprinkler systems installer
  • gas fitter
  • sales and distribution

Tuition and Fees



Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 6711


Office: Casa Loma Campus, Room E311

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.