The city of Toronto – Canada’s largest city – uses 1.24 million cubic metres of water on an average day. This is enough to fill the Rogers Centre stadium every day for a year. At the same time, Toronto produces a similar volume of sewage or waste water every day. This shows how cities and towns all over the country provide career opportunities in many sectors within the plumbing industry. You can do new construction work in different sectors such as low-rise residential (housing), high-rise residential (condominiums), or commercial and industrial construction. You can install piping systems for the distribution and use of potable water and the safe removal of sanitary sewage. You could choose to do renovation and remodeling of existing plumbing systems or to repair and maintain these existing systems. Finally, you could choose to work in a related aspect of the plumbing industry such as system design, inspections or the plumbing material wholesale sector.
Plumbing Apprenticeship Overview
A plumbing apprenticeship is generally 9,000 hours in length but upon registration with the MTCU, it may be shortened based on education and previous work experience. The in-school training portion makes up 720 hours of the overall apprenticeship. Apprentices at Humber College attend a “block release” class that is eight weeks in length for whichever level of training they are attending (i.e., basic, intermediate or advanced). Humber also offers an optional one-week pre-exam Certificate of Qualification preparation course for eligible apprentices who have completed all three levels of trade school and are ready to write the exam.