$36,296 - $72,592



At a glance

Steamfitters-Pipefitters work both inside and outdoors, laying out, assembling, fabricating, maintaining, and repairing piping systems that are used to carry steam, water, air, gases, chemicals, solids, and fuel in industrial and manufacturing plants and in water purification and water treatment systems.

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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)

  • General construction contractors
  • Pipeline contractors
  • Thermal or steam generating plants
  • Large manufacturers
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Power generating plants
  • Chemical plants
  • Pulp mills
  • Oil refineries
  • Heating air conditioning and ventilation companies
  • Industrial settings from manufacturers to water treatment plants
  • Self employed

Other conditions: shift work, indoors, outdoors

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then you should consider becoming a Steamfitter-Pipefitter!

  • Do you enjoy careful, precision work?
  • Could you use hand and power tools and other things mechanical?
  • Are you in good physical shape?
  • Do you enjoy variety in your work?
  • Do you like hands-on work?

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 Steamfitter/ Pipefitter.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage RateJanuary 1, 2017



Steamfitter/ Pipefitter

Program Length (Minimum Years)

5 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

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

L3: 1, 800 hours L4: 1, 800 hours L5: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 9 weeks Y2: 9 weeks Y3: 9 weeks Y4: 8 weeks

Y5: 10 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

7.5 years

Minimum hours experience required

13, 500 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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