Steamfitter/Pipefitter

Steamfitter/Pipefitter

Apprenticeship

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:

  • 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

Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects

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:

WAGES

Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and Journey Persons for a Steamfitter/Pipefitter:

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

 

$36,296

Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$65,333 – $72,592

For more information on apprenticeship wages, click here

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 Rate January 1, 2017
Journey Persons
$37.00

TRAINING

Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprenticeship Manitoba or visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/apprenticeship/

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

Yes

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

No

 

Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work

Yes

 

Red Seal Trade available

Yes