At a glance

Gasfitting is one of the "pipe-trades" dealing with the installation, maintenance, and repair of piping systems.

A Gasfitter installs piping, appliances, equipment, and controls for the use of natural gas or propane as fuel. Gasfitter forms an intricate part of the Plumber, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic and Steamfitter-Pipefitter trades.

Gasfitters employed in different industries perform different duties from each other.

Utility companies:

  • Repair and extend gas mains, and install, repair and service pipes and fittings between mains and buildings

Propane distributors:

  • Gasfitters install and service propane vaporizers, temporary heating equipment, propane metering and dispensing equipment, and propane pumping equipment

Mechanical and service companies :

  • Install and maintain piping and appliances in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings

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Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Gas utility companies
  • Gas servicing companies
  • Mechanical and service companies
  • Propane distributors
  • Work in new home building and renovation
  • Heavy industrial, institutional, and commercial construction sectors

Other conditions: explosive gases, mandatory safety training, indoors and outdoors

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Gasfitter might be right for you!

  • Do you like talking with customers?
  • Are you physically fit?
  • Do you like to solve problems?
  • Are you mechanically inclined?
  • Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
  • Can you work with little to no supervision?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Gasfitter.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$55,000 – $60,000

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit


Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit

Gasfitter—prerequisite for Domestic Gasfitter

Program Length (Minimum Years)

4 Years total (includes Gasfitter, Prerequisite: 2 years)

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)


L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)


Y1: 10 weeks Y2: 8 weeks

Additional Licensing

Yes: Domestic Gasfitter or ‘B’ License prerequisite required

Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

Domestic Gasfitter: under development

Gasfitter: under development

Minimum hours experience required

Domestic Gasfitter: under development

Gasfitter: under development

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available

Yes – Not available in Manitoba until 2015

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