Steamfitter – Pipefitter

||Steamfitter – Pipefitter
Steamfitter – Pipefitter

What is a Steamfitter – Pipefitter?

Pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair piping systems, which carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes.

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To install a typical piping system in a commercial building or industrial plant, pipefitters:

  • Study blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the type of pipe and tools to use, and lay out the sequence of tasks
  • Sometimes make detailed sketches for pipe and equipment fabrication and installation, as required
  • Measure, cut, thread, groove, bend, assemble and install metal, plastic and fiberglass pipes, valves and fittings
  • Join pipe sections, related equipment and secure in position
  • Use testing equipment to check systems for leaks

Pipefitters also remove and replace worn components, do general maintenance work and may work on plant shut-downs.

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  • Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan
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  • Edmonton Pipe Trades United Association Local 488
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    • Insulators' Training Trust Fund of Alberta Scholarship
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local424/ Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta
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    • IBEW Local 424/ ECAA Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Asssocation Local 8
    • Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local #8 Scholarship (2)
  • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488
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    • United Assocaition of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #488 Benefit Trust Fund Scholarship
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School
    • U.A. Local #496/ Piping Industry Training School Scholarship
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    • Building Trades of Alberta/Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association RAP Scholarship
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  • Teamsters Local 362
    • 2018 Teamsters Canada Scholarship
  • International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen – Local 1
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Skills & Abilities

The work is most rewarding for those who enjoy working with little direction or supervision.

To be successful in their trade, pipefitters need:

  • The physical strength and stamina required to lift heavy materials and stand for long periods
  • Manual dexterity
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • The ability to read and understand complex instructions
  • The ability to do careful and exacting work
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Apprenticeship Training

This is a good time to be looking for a career in the skilled trades. The Conference Board of Canada estimates there will be a shortage of one million workers in the trades and related occupations within twenty years. Employers in many industries and regions raise concerns about shortages of skilled workers in the trades. The “Baby Boomer” generation is going to retire soon and needs to be replaced.

The term of apprenticeship for a steamfitter – pipefitter is 3 years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.

A high school student can become an apprentice and gain credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time under the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

To learn the skills required of a steamfitter – pipefitter in Alberta and be issued an Alberta Journeyman Certificate, a person must have a pass mark in:

  • English 20-2 – Math 20-3 – Science 10, or
  • All five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests, or
  • Entrance Exam

The United Association has over 100 years of providing additional training, producing the highest skilled tradesmen in the industry.

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Next Steps

To find answers to your questions and learn more about a career as a steamfitter – pipefitter, contact Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 496 or UA Local 488 Plumbers & Pipefitters.

For a quick summary of a career as a steamfitter – pipefitter, ask about the steamfitter – pipefitter trade card.

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