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Pipefitters use blueprints and project specifications to construct and repair piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals and fuel. Steamfitters are typically Pipefitters who specialize in pipe systems that move liquids or gases under high pressure. Steamfitters/Pipefitters test and maintain the systems once they are in place, using specialized equipment to ensure the safety of the pipes and other components of the system such as the automatic controls that are increasingly being used to monitor these systems. Steamfitters/Pipefitters often work on heating and cooling systems in large industrial plants as well as various systems in electric power plants. They must know how to work with a wide variety of materials because these systems are made of different types, including steel, copper, plastic and numerous metal alloys.
Steamfitter/Pipefitter is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.
Learn more about Plumbers, Pipe & Gas Fitters at Discover Trades BC.
Recommended education: Grade 12 or equivalent preferred, including English 12; Algebra 11 or Trade Math 11; Physics 11 or Science & Tech 11.
The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 6-8 weeks (180-240 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 5,620 hours of work-based training.
A Foundation Program can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Level 2, after 21 weeks of training (refer to Industry Training Authority for alternative paths into the occupation).