Steamfitters/pipefitters build, assemble, maintain & repair piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes. Because of this, much of their work is industrial or commercial. Pipefitters also remove and replace worn components, do general maintenance work and may work on plant shutdowns.

You enjoy precision work.

You are a critical thinker.

You can understand complex instructions.


  • Install piping systems in commercial buildings or industrial plants
  • Study blueprints, drawings & specifications
  • Determine the type of pipe & tools and sequence of tasks
  • Make detailed sketches for pipe & equipment fabrication and installation
  • Measure, cut, thread, bend, assemble, join and install pipes, valves & fittings
  • Use testing equipment to check systems for leaks

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication skills, reading and numeracy
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Strength, stamina and ability to lift heavy materials
  • Ability to work at heights and in diverse weather

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

English 20-2, Math 20-3 & Science 10 OR All 5 Canadian General Education Development tests OR Entrance Exam.

Apprenticeship Program: 4 years, includes 8 weeks of technical training and 1,500 hours (minimum) on-the-job training per year, and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.

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Hourly Pay

Contact the local union for more information on hourly pay, benefits, pensions and more.

Construction Workers Needed

55,810 Construction Workers needed by 2030*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Steamfitters-pipefitters work on systems that operate under extremely high pressure and temperatures. It is critical that they have a thorough knowledge of scientific principles to complete their work safely.