Mechanical Building Trades

Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Repair students work with new materials in the shop

Mechanical Building Trades are responsible for work related to maintenance, testing and operation of all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the distribution of steam, water systems including fire prevention sprinklers, natural gas or propane systems and building plumbing systems. 

A tale of three plumbers: a career path for all generations

“The other thing that the foundation program does is prove to me that someone has the ability and the desire to learn. As service plumbers, school does not end for us. We are constantly learning as products change and we come across something different every day. " says Gary Whitlock about his new apprentice and OC foundation program graduate, Dallas Stewart. 

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Gasfitter Class B Apprenticeship

  Kelowna
  Apprenticeship

Plumber Apprenticeship

  Kelowna, Vernon
  Apprenticeship

Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship

  Kelowna
  Apprenticeship

Plumbing and Piping Trades Foundation

  Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Kelowna
  Certificate

Meet a Plumbing & Piping instructor

'Working with foundation students, you get to see everything again for the first time through their eyes' says Cemone Bredeson, Red Seal Plumbing and Piping instructor.

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Plumbing students keeping OC safe

“It’s great to work on a project like this that feels real-world,” says student Zach Brown. “We’re getting good experience doing exactly the type of work we’ll see on the job in the future.”

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