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Study Guide

Steamfitter - Pipefitter

Department of Advanced Education and Skills

Apprenticeship and Certification
Study Guide

Steamfitter/Pipefitter
(Based on 2010 NOA)

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Department of Advanced Education and Skills
Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division

2010

Version 4
August 14, 2013

Table of Contents
Introduction .................................................................................................................................... 3
Exam Process................................................................................................................................... 4
Before the Exam.......................................................................................................................... 4
During the Exam.......................................................................................................................... 4
After the Exam ............................................................................................................................ 4
Exam Format ................................................................................................................................... 5
Exam Content .................................................................................................................................. 9
Understanding the National Occupational Analysis (NOA) ........................................................ 9
Exam Breakdown ...................................................................................................................... 11
NOA Sub-tasks........................................................................................................................... 12
Task Profile Checklist ................................................................................................................ 13
Create a Study Plan ....................................................................................................................... 19
Resources - Websites .................................................................................................................... 22
Resources – Book List.................................................................................................................... 23
Conclusion ..................................................................................................................................... 24
Appendices:
Appendix A:

Regional Offices ................................................................................................ 25

Appendix B:

Calculator Use ................................................................................................... 26

Appendix C:

Answer Sheet Example...................................................................................... 27

ed. IP Exams are available for all Red Seal trades. For a list of Interprovincial trades please refer to the Department of Advanced Education and Skills website: www. The intent is not to replace technical training provided under the guidance of instructors. Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division. it is a tool to be used in conjunction with formal training. Study Guide_SFPF_2010 3 . Rather.html Some of the specific goals of this guide are:  to help you understand the skills and knowledge that might be covered on the exam  to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses  to provide organization and structure for a course of study  to provide a list of resources to help you with your study plan  to support and supplement the teaching and learning process This study guide outlines the theoretical portion of the program. to assist apprentices and trade qualifiers as they prepare to write the Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Exam.nl.ca/app/trades.gov.Introduction This Study Guide has been developed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Advanced Education and Skills.

scrap paper. If you do bring them. Upon approval. If you require special accommodations due to a disability or language barrier. etc. Important Note: Personal cell phones. the Program Development Officer (PDO) will notify you of your eligibility to write the exam. You will also be given a section by section breakdown. you will be issued a Newfoundland and Labrador Certificate of Qualification with a Red Seal endorsement. 4 Study Guide_SFPF_2010 . All necessary instructions and information will be provided in the results letter. or other electronic equipment are NOT allowed into the exam room. After the Exam Results will be mailed to you approximately seven to ten days after completion of the exam. The percentage mark you obtained will be provided.Exam Process Before the Exam You must contact the nearest Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Divisional office to make request to write the IP Red Seal exam (See Appendix A for a list of regional offices). If you are successful in obtaining a 70% or more on your exam. and provide you with scheduling information. During the Exam You must bring:  personal identification such as a photo or signature ID or valid Newfoundland and Labrador driver’s license  your notification letter The following will be provided:  a calculator (see Appendix B for calculator information)  all other items required such as pencils. they will be stored away and returned to you when you have completed the exam. calculators. as well as the number of questions in each section you completed successfully. showing how many questions were in each section. please contact your regional office for information on applying for this service.

” Distracters are incorrect. The options consist of the one correct answer and three “distracters. and principles. (See Appendix C for a sample answer sheet). A multiple choice question consists of a stem (a complete question) followed by four options (A. Questions at this level test your ability to interpret data. Level 1 Examples: Study Guide_SFPF_2010 5 . C. Level 2 Procedural and Application Level 3 Critical Thinking Questions at this level test your ability to apply your knowledge of procedures to a new situation. facts. The stem contains all the information necessary to answer the question. D). B. Each exam has between 100 and 150 questions.Exam Format All IP Red Seal exams are written in multiple-choice format. IP Red Seal exams contain three types of questions: Level 1 Knowledge and Recall Questions at this level test your ability to recall and understand definitions. solve problems and arrive at valid conclusions.

Level 2 Examples: 6 Study Guide_SFPF_2010 .

Level 3 Examples: Study Guide_SFPF_2010 7 .

ca/SOURCES/PDFS/exams/007_exams/007_IP_PracticeExam.alberta.Source of questions: www.itabc.pdf tradesecrets.pdf 8 Study Guide_SFPF_2010 .ca/sites/default/files/docs/manage/Steamfitter%20Pipefitter%20Practice%20exam.

The blocks are further broken down into TASKS and SUB-TASKS. skills and abilities required by a fully competent tradesperson working in that trade.ca.Exam Content Understanding the National Occupational Analysis (NOA) The NOA is a document used for Red Seal trades that describes the knowledge. NOA material is organized into major content areas called BLOCKS. The NOA is an excellent tool to use as you study for the Red Seal exam. NOAs can be found at www. The content for the IP Red Seal exam is based on the NOA. NOA Study Guide_SFPF_2010 Blocks Blocks  Tasks  Sub-tasks 9 .red-seal.

NOA Pie Chart The NOA Pie Chart presents the block percentages in the form of a pie chart which tells you the approximate number of questions from each block. Cooling and Process System Installation Block G Renewable Energy System Installation Block H Testing and Commissioning Block I Maintenance and Repair Study Guide_SFPF_2010 . Fabrication and Installation Rigging and Hoisting Steam System Installation Block Titles Block F Heating. Steamfitter/Pipefitter Block A Block B Block C Block D Block E 10 Occupational Skills Drawings and Specifications Layout. For example. 10% of the questions on the Steamfitter/Pipefitter Exam will be based on Block A.

Cooling and Process System Installation Installs hydronic systems Installs process piping systems Installs hydraulic systems Installs refrigeration systems Installs fuel systems Installs medical gas systems Installs compressed air systems Renewable Energy System Installation Installs geo-thermal systems Task 22 Installs solar heating systems Task 23 Installs heat recovery systems Block H Task 24 Testing and Commissioning 15 19 14 22 22 7 10 Prepares system for test Task 25 Performs test Task 26 Commissions systems Block I # of Questions 12 Maintenance and Repair Task 27 Maintains system Task 28 Performs repairs 9 Total Study Guide_SFPF_2010 130 11 .Exam Breakdown The Steamfitter/Pipefitter exam currently has 130 questions. Fabrication and Installation Performs layout and fabrication Performs common installation processes Installs tracing systems Rigging and Hoisting Plans lift Hoists load Steam System Installation Installs low pressure process steam systems Installs high pressure process steam systems Installs steam heating systems Heating. The following table shows a breakdown of the approximate number of questions that come from each NOA block. When you are ready to write your exam you may contact your regional office to verify the number of questions (see Appendix A for phone numbers). Block A Task 1 Task 2 Task 3 Block B Task 4 Task 5 Block C Task 6 Task 7 Task 8 Block D Task 9 Task 10 Block E Task 11 Task 12 Task 13 Block F Task 14 Task 15 Task 16 Task 17 Task 18 Task 19 Task 20 Block G Task 21 Occupational Skills Performs safety-related functions Uses and maintains tools and equipment Organizes work Drawings and Specifications Interprets drawings and specifications Produces drawings Layout. It is important to note that the number of questions can change at any time.

The list can be found in the NOA for your trade. Think of possible questions in that particular content area. The IP Red Seal exam is written to test your knowledge and abilities regarding the sub-tasks in the NOA. The NOA also contains a list of “supporting knowledge and abilities” for each sub-task. You can review by placing a checkmark () next to those you understand fully. Place your focus on those you do not understand and study them until you are comfortable with the material. They are the skills and knowledge you must have to perform a sub-task. This chart can be used to review your current knowledge.NOA Sub-tasks The following NOA Task Profile Checklist outlines the blocks. tasks and sub-tasks for your trade. 12 Study Guide_SFPF_2010 . The supporting knowledge and abilities identified under each sub-task will be very helpful as you review.

Task Profile Checklist Based on 2010 NOA Steamfitter/Pipefitter Block A: Occupational Skills Sub-Tasks  Task 1: Performs Safety-Related Functions  Maintains safe work environment  Uses personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety equipment  Task 2: Uses and Maintains Tools and Equipment Sub-Tasks  Uses ladders and work platforms  Maintains tools and equipment  Uses welding equipment  Uses soldering and brazing equipment  Uses oxy-fuel equipment Sub-Tasks  Task 3: Organizes Work  Plans job  Generates material list  Performs quality control functions Block B: Drawings and Specifications Sub-Tasks  Task 4: Interprets Drawings and Specifications  Compares specifications to drawings  Refers to types of drawings Sub-Tasks  Task 5: Performs Drawings  Generates drawings  Develops templates Study Guide_SFPF_2010 13 .

Fabrication and Installation Sub-Tasks  Task 6: Performs Layout and Fabrication  Lays out pipe and fittings  Fabricates piping spools  Fabricates brackets. hangers. guides and anchors Sub-Tasks  Task 7: Performs Common Installation Processes  Installs piping system components and equipment  Installs brackets. supports.Block C: Layout. supports. hangers. guides and anchors Sub-Tasks  Task 8: Installs Tracing Systems  Installs steam tracing  Installs liquid-filled tracing systems Block D: Rigging and Hoisting Sub-Tasks  Task 9: Plans Lift  Determines load  Selects rigging and hoisting equipment  Prepares lift plan Sub-Tasks  Task 10: Hoists Load 14      Conducts rigging and hoisting equipment inspection Secures lift area Sets up rigging equipment Performs lift Stores equipment Study Guide_SFPF_2010 .

Cooling and Process System Installation Sub-Tasks  Task 14: Installs Hydronic Systems  Installs equipment for hydronic systems  Installs piping for hydronic systems Sub-Tasks  Task 15: Installs Process Piping Systems  Installs equipment for process piping systems  Installs piping for process piping systems Study Guide_SFPF_2010 15 .Block E: Steam System Installation Sub-Tasks  Task 11: Installs Low Pressure Process Steam Systems  Installs equipment for low pressure process steam  Installs piping for low pressure process steam Sub-Tasks  Task 12: Installs High Pressure Process Steam Systems  Installs equipment for high pressure process steam  Installs piping for high pressure process steam Sub-Tasks  Task 13: Installs Steam Heating Systems  Installs equipment for steam heating systems  Installs piping for steam heating systems Block F: Heating.

Block F: Heating. Cooling and Process System Installation (Cont’d) Sub-Tasks  Task 16: Installs Hydraulic Systems  Installs equipment for hydraulic systems  Installs piping and tubing for hydraulic systems Sub-Tasks  Task 17: Installs Refrigeration Systems  Installs equipment for refrigeration systems  Installs piping and tubing for refrigeration systems Sub-Tasks  Task 18: Installs Fuel Systems  Installs equipment for fuel systems  Installs piping for fuel systems Sub-Tasks  Task 19: Installs Medical Gas Systems  Installs equipment for medical gas systems  Installs piping and tubing for medical gas systems Sub-Tasks  Task 20: Installs Compressed Air Systems 16  Installs equipment for compressed air systems  Installs piping and tubing for compressed air systems Study Guide_SFPF_2010 .

Block G: Renewable Energy System Installation Sub-Tasks  Task 21: Installs Geo-thermal Systems  Installs equipment for geo-thermal systems  Installs piping for geo-thermal systems Sub-Tasks  Task 22: Installs Solar Heating Systems  Installs equipment for solar heating systems  Installs piping for solar heating systems Sub-Tasks  Task 23: Installs Heat Recovery Systems  Installs equipment for heat recovery systems  Installs piping for heat recovery systems Block H: Testing and Commissioning Sub-Tasks  Task 24: Prepares System for Test     Pre-checks system for test Selects test equipment Isolates system Connects test equipment Sub-Tasks  Task 25: Performs Test      Secures test area Pressurizes system Inspects system Corrects leaks Removes test equipment Study Guide_SFPF_2010 17 .

Block H: Testing and Commissioning (Cont’d) Sub-Tasks  Task 26: Commissions Systems  Flushes system  Chemically treats system  Participates in start-up procedure Block I: Maintenance and Repair Sub-Tasks  Task 27: Maintains System  Follows lock-out procedures  Performs preventative maintenance and service Sub-Tasks  Task 28: Performs Repairs 18  Diagnoses problems  Repairs piping and components Study Guide_SFPF_2010 .

Create a Study Plan As you prepare for your exam. Study Guide_SFPF_2010 19 . Remember. The first table is a “Weekly Study Plan. You should include items you need to review as well as items you need to study. As you work through the NOA subtask list you can start to fill in this table. it is important to plan a schedule. The following two tables will help you stay on track. It is important to stick to your study schedule. The second table is a “Study Time Table.” In this table list the areas you will focus your study for each day. more time will be needed for study in areas you find difficult.” It is important to create a study schedule where you determine the best days of the week and times of day for you to study. whereas you may only require review in areas you are more familiar with. Print several copies of these tables and fill out for each week of study.

Weekly Study Plan for Week of: _________________________________________ Area of Study 1 Mon. Area of Study 2 Area of Study 3 Area of Study 4 Area of Study 5 Area of Study 6 . Sun. Sat. Wed. Thu. Tues. Fri.

Study Time Table for Week of: _________________________________________ Monday 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 Noon 12:00 Noon 1:00 PM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday .

on the internet.jsp?tid=230&fid=43 Glossary of Terms The Red Seal website also lists a Glossary of Terms which will be helpful in preparing for your IP exam: www.html Red Seal Website: National Occupational Analysis .ca/tr. A sample list of study materials (websites and books) is provided below. test preparation and test taking techniques.ca/sites/default/files/docs/ manage/Steamfitter%20Pipefitter%20Practice%20exam.1d. You may also be able to borrow them from an apprentice or journeyperson in your trade.gov.ca/SOURCES/PDFS/exams/007_exams/007_IP_PracticeExam.The NOA is a document used for Red Seal trades that describes the knowledge and abilities required by a fully competent tradesperson working in that trade.pdf tradesecrets. Website: www.2n. The content for the IP exam is based on the NOA.ed.3l@-eng. They are practice exams provided by the provinces of Alberta.2ecsdeta. POT Website: www. Study Strategies and Exam Preparation Guide The Study Strategies & Exam Preparation Guide is meant to be used in conjunction with this study guide.ed.ca Steamfitter/Pipefitter PRACTICE Exams These are NOT IP exams. The exams are intended to be used for self-assessment in preparation for writing an IP Exam.jsp?tid=230&fid=498 22 Study Guide_SFPF_2010 .3l@-eng.itabc.pdf www.gov. including both technical training competencies and industry experiences necessary to write an IP Red Seal exam (and complete the requirements for Red Seal Certification).nl.red-seal.alberta.Resources .ca/app/publications/ exam_pr ep_guide. British Columbia and the Inter-provincial Standards Red Seal program.pdf Plan of Training (POT) A Provincial Plan of Training details the full scope of learning for a particular occupation. These and other helpful resources may be found in a local college bookstore.ca/app/plans. They were developed using similar question types to that of a Red Seal exam.Websites Study information can be drawn from a variety of sources.red-seal. It provides direction and information on such areas as study habits.red-seal.4adeta.ca/tr.nl. or to write a provincial examination. or at your place of employment.1d. Sample questions can be found at: www. The Plan of Training is based on the NOA. Red Seal Website: www.

IPT Publishing and Training Ltd. ISBN# 9780920855164. Study Guide_SFPF_2010 23 . IPT Books IPT’s Pipe Trades Handbook. (NOA block D). (contains some information for all NOA blocks). ISBN# 978-0-920855-18-8. colleges use a small number of IPT books which are listed below.Resources – Book List For the Steamfitter/Pipefitter trade. IPT Publishing and Training Ltd. It is not necessary to use these books specifically. IPT’s Crane and Rigging Manual. as you may find others that will be equally beneficial.

we welcome your feedback. The feedback form at the end of this guide can be used for this purpose. 24 Study Guide_SFPF_2010 .Disclaimer Various external resources (websites. endorses the material or that these are recommended as the best resources. Conclusion We hope this guide has provided you with some useful tools as you prepare for your IP Red Seal exam. If you have any questions regarding your IP Red Seal exam please contact your regional office (see Appendix A for a list of regional offices). and no responsibility is assumed for the accuracy of the material. The Department of Advanced Education and Skills has no control over the content of external textbooks and websites listed. textbooks) have been listed in this study guide to assist an individual in preparing to write an IP Red Seal Exam. Newfoundland and Labrador. There may be other resources of equal or greater value to an individual preparing for an IP Red Seal exam. We appreciate your comments and feedback regarding the usefulness of this study guide. This does not mean the Department of Advanced Education and Skills. If you have any comments or suggestions.

Suite 203 Clarenville.nl.gov. John’s 8 Myers Avenue.O. NL A1B 4J6 Telephone: Facsimile: Telephone: Facsimile: (709) 466-3982 (709) 466-3987 (709) 729-5688 (709) 729-5878 Happy Valley – Goose Bay 163 Hamilton River Road Bursey Building Happy Valley – Goose Bay. Box 8700 St. NL A2H 5M7 42 Hardy Avenue Grand Falls-Windsor. NL A0P 1E0 Telephone: Facsimile: Study Guide_SFPF_2010 (709) 896-6348 (709) 896-3733 25 .ca/app/ Corner Brook Grand Falls-Windsor 1-3 Union Street Aylward Building. 2nd Floor Corner Brook.ed. NL A2A 2J9 Telephone: Facsimile: Telephone: Facsimile: (709) 637-2366 (709) 637-2519 Clarenville (709) 292-4215 (709) 292-4502 St. please contact one of the following regional offices: Department of Advanced Education and Skills Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division Toll Free: 1-877-771-3737 www.Appendix A: Regional Offices If you have any questions regarding your IP Red Seal exam. NL A5A 1T5 Confederation Building P. John’s.

Appendix B: Calculator Use The picture below shows a calculator with the same functions as the one you will be provided with during your exam. 26 Study Guide_SFPF_2010 . It is advisable to borrow or purchase one with similar functions so that you can familiarize yourself with it before you write your exam.

Appendix C: Answer Sheet Example With your exam you will be given an answer sheet similar to the one below. When answering multiple choice questions be sure to fill the circle completely and fill the circle that corresponds to the question on the exam. Study Guide_SFPF_2010 27 .

 strongly agree  agree  disagree  strongly disagree (5) The resources listed in this guide are suitable and valuable.Feedback Form Study Guide – Steamfitter/Pipefitter Please answer the following: (1) This Study Guide is a useful tool for exam preparation.  strongly agree  agree  disagree  strongly disagree (4) The instructions throughout the guide are clear and to the point.  strongly agree  agree  disagree  strongly disagree Suggested information/resources to include: Additional Comments: Please complete this form and return via fax or mail to the following: Department of Advanced Education and Skills Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division Standards and Curriculum Unit Suite 203.  strongly agree  agree  disagree  strongly disagree (6) The guide should contain more information. Clarenville. NL A5A 1T5 Fax: (709) 466-3987 . 8 Myers Avenue.  strongly agree  agree  disagree  strongly disagree (2) The topics contained in the guide are arranged in a logical order.  strongly agree  agree  disagree  strongly disagree (3) The design and format of the guide caught my attention.