Steamfitter / Pipefitter

WHAT YOU DO

The most important thing to know about Pipefitters is that they are not plumbers. Pipefitters normally work with pipes made of special metals designed to handle high-pressure water, chemicals, acids and gases. Plumbers usually work with more basic piping such as PVC, copper or galvanized steel that typically carries water.

As a Pipefitter or Steamfitter, you will need to use your impressive math skills to design, assemble, install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair complex pipe systems. You’ll need to be creative with how you design your systems and master the ability of heating and bending pipes at very high temperatures.

Program details

WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to read and interpret drawings, blueprints and specifications
  • How to cut openings for pipes in walls, floors and ceilings
  • How to select the type and size of pipe required for different types of content
  • How to measure, cut, bend, weld, braze, cement, solder and thread pipes
  • How to test existing piping systems for leaks
  • How to clean and maintain pipe units and fittings
  • How to prepare cost estimates for clients

WHO YOU WORK FOR

As a Pipefitter or Steamfitter, you could work within resource-based industries, such as forestry and mining, oil and gas and shipbuilding, or with construction companies. You could also start your own business.

Types of Workplaces

  • Pipeline Construction Contracting and Subcontracting Firms
  • Thermal or Steam Generating Plants
  • Utility Companies
  • Oil Refineries
  • Gas Plants
  • Pulp Mills
  • Chemical Plants

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You’ll be paired with a Pipefitter who has knowledge and experience with installation, alteration, or repairs steam and hot water process piping systems in industrial manufacturing plants.

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Critical Skills

  • Prepare and assemble piping components
  • Able to install Hydronic heating and cooling systems
  • Perform layout, fabrication, and installation
  • Work with water supply
  • Install natural gas and propane systems

Earn

$73K annually
$17.00 - $45.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    some nights and weekend work

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

An Analyzer's Story

Kirsten Libby, 20

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic

Penticton, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.