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First-Year Apprentice Gasfitter - Class B (no experience needed!)

About the Opportunity

British Columbia has an increasing demand for skilled tradespeople, resulting in rewarding employment opportunities. As a first-year apprentice, you will be starting a career path towards obtaining your Industry Training Authority BC (ITA BC) trade certification. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on training while receiving a competitive wage for your work!

Gasfitters in BC are classified as either class A or class B. Class A gasfitters are permitted to work on any size of gas system. Whereas class B gasfitters have limitations on the energy input of equipment they work on. Therefore, gasfitter – class B is a pre-requisite to gasfitter – class A certification. The industry Training Authority BC (ITA BC) administers the apprenticeship for gasfitters and Technical Safety BC regulates and certifies the trade.

A typical day as a gasfitter – class B could include installing, testing, adjusting, maintaining and repairing equipment such as boilers, burners, make-up air units, and furnaces. Class B gasfitters work with various gas fuels including natural gas, manufactured gas, liquified petroleum gas, landfill gas or biogas. Gasfitting is closely related to other piping trades including plumbing, sprinkler fitting, and pipe fitting.

Day-to-day as an apprentice you could be:

  • Installing, inspecting, and repairing gas lines and gas equipment
  • Advising clients on safety features and maintenance of gas units
  • Converting cars and appliances to use natural gas fuels
  • Using hand and power tools (wire strippers, pliers, sheet metal snips, channel locks, wrenches, power drills, side cutters, tape measures, hammers, levels, etc)
  • Reading and interpreting blueprints 
  • Working from ladders and scaffolding
  • Sorting materials and maintaining a clean worksite
About You

BCCA Apprenticeship Services is looking for applicants interested in pursuing a career in construction as a first-year apprentice gasfitter - class B. The ideal candidate should be interested in starting a career path towards certification as gasfitter - class B and should be motivated to learn, reliable, and hardworking.

To succeed as a first-year apprentice gasfitter - class B, you: 

  • Communicate, work well with others, and follow directions well 
  • Have good dexterity and like to work with your hands
  • Enjoy working indoors or outdoors in all seasons 
  • Like to solve problems and build solutions
  • Are physically fit with stamina for manual labour
  • Have experience using hand and power tools
  • Are willing to follow safety guidelines at all times
  • Understand basic math
  • Have strong attention to detail
  • Are in good physical condition with good endurance

Other qualifications can include (but are not required):

  • Hands-on experience in working with piping materials, tools and/or mechanical systems
  • Background in another trade such as plumbing, sprinkler fitting, or pipefitting
  • Occupational First Aid training or SiteReadyBC certification
  • High school diploma and/or completion of the Level 1 Gasfitter – Class B Training from an ITA BC recognized post-secondary institution
  • Valid BC driver’s license and reliable vehicle
  • Prior experience in construction (hobbies, summer jobs, or volunteer activities), agriculture or forestry, manufacturing, marine services or fisheries, municipal work, or other non-construction trades are a bonus
The Benefits of Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship offers a pathway to a successful career in construction. You will earn an income while gaining work-based training hours, education, and certification. Apprentices are eligible for government grants, tax credits, and employment insurance while attending training. This can help you offset the cost of training and certification and allow you to complete your apprenticeship and minimise student debt.

For more information on the benefits of apprenticeship, see ITA BC’s Apprentice Guidebook.

If this sounds like you, and you want to start your career in construction, we encourage you to apply today!


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