Steamfitter Apprenticeship

The Steamfitter protects our environment by properly installing piping and equipment for complex heating/air conditioning and special industrial piping systems such as semiconductor, biotechnology, and power generation.

Each year in the apprenticeship program consists of 1760 hours of on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a Journey person.  Apprentices spend two evenings per week in class with a traditional summer break.  During class, students are taught science, theory and practical application of the trade.

At the end of the five year training period, after all classroom and on-the-job requirements have been met, the apprentice is granted journey level status and awarded a completion certificate from the State of California.  Apprenticeship classes may be applied toward an Associates Degree from Foothill College.



Steamfitting Course Topics:

First Year of Instruction:

  • Basic Steamfitting Skills
  • Related Math, Drawing and Rigging

Second Year of Instruction:

  • Cutting and Welding
  • Science, Electrical and Air Conditioning
  • Industrial Safety

Third Year of Instruction:

  • Advanced Trade Math
  • Steam Technology

Fourth Year of Instruction:

  • Hydronic Systems
  • Industrial Rigging
  • Advanced Drawing and Blueprint Reading

Fifth Year of Instruction:

  • Industrial Installations
  • Medical Gas Installations
  • Elective

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