Pipefitting is new to the plumbing program and will start in the 2018/2019 school year. Students will learn to lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals, or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes.
Logan White and Justin Ferguson graduated from Charlottetown Rural High school last year and are now taking the Plumbing/Pipefitting program at Holland College Georgetown Centre.
Both students plan to work out west after they graduate this year. Justin hopes to return to work and live on PEI. They plan to register with the Apprenticeship program on PEI to start the process of obtaining their Red Seal.
Logan loves the plumbing program and says his marks are now much higher than they were in high school. Justin says while he was in high school he knew university was not for him and considered himself a hands-on trades person.
“In my on-the-job-training, I did many tasks that were new to me, and I learned so much,” says Logan. “The course is phenomenal and the staff are great.”
“All students in the program received offers for work both on PEI and off Island,” says Mark McQuaid. “Plumbers are definitely in demand.”
Mark took the Holland College program and worked on the Island with a local plumbing company. During the summer, he continues to do plumbing work to stay active and up-to-date.
Mark says wages on PEI can range from $14 to $20 per hour, depending on the size of the company. “Some companies also offer a benefit package.”
About the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
A $1,000 federal grant is available to registered apprentices when they complete Level 1, and another $1,000 grant when they complete Level 2.
A $2,000 federal grant is available to apprentices who complete their apprenticeship and pass the Red Seal exam.
For more information, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/workforce-and-advanced-learning/apprenticeship-program.
For more information about the Holland College Plumbing/pipefitting program, visit www.hollandcollege.com/programs/steamfitting-pipefitting/.