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Steamfitter, Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer

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About This Career

Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers assemble, maintain and repair storage vessels, pipes and spools for piping or sprinkler systems. They work with engineers who provide blueprints and welders who weld or solder pieces together.

Steamfitters and Pipefitters build and maintain piping systems used to produce or transport oil and gas. More specifically, they lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair piping systems carrying water, steam, chemicals or fuel in oil and gas processing plants.

Sprinkler System Installers fabricate, install, test, maintain and repair fire protection sprinkler systems on commercial and industrial sites.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Steamfitter, Pipefitter, Marine Pipefitter, Journeyman Steamfitter/Pipefitter, Pipefitter Apprentice, Steamfitter Apprentice

Work Activities
Drafting, Laying Out and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts and Equipment
Reading and interpreting drawings, blueprints and specifications to plan the layout requirements and cutting openings for pipes in walls, floors and ceilings using power tools or machines.
Selecting the correct pipe sizes and types required to shape, weld, braze, cement, solder and thread joints to join pipes and fabricate sections of piping systems.
Reading and interpreting drawings, specifications and fire codes to determine layout requirements.
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events or Information
Preparing cost estimates for clients.
Evaluating Information 
Reading and interpreting drawings, blueprints and specifications to determine layout requirements or fire codes.
Getting Information
Testing existing piping systems for leaks.
Handling and Moving Objects
Cleaning and maintaining pipe units and fittings, and flushing the system.
Cutting, threading and hammering pipes to specifications using tools such as saws, cutting torches, pipe threaders or pipe benders.
Laying out full scale drawings of pipe systems, supports or related equipment according to blueprints.
Assembling and securing pipes, tubes, fittings or related equipment according to specifications by welding, brazing, cementing, soldering or threading joints.
Measuring and marking pipes for cutting or threading.
Attaching pipes to walls, structures and fixtures, such as radiators and tanks, using brackets, clamps, tools or welding equipment.
Modifying, cleaning and maintaining pipe systems, units, fittings or related machines and equipment using hand or power tools.
Shutting off steam, water or other gases or liquids from pipe sections using valve keys or wrenches.
Removing and replacing worn components.
Installing clamps, brackets and hangers to support piping system and sprinkler equipment using hand or power tools.
Selecting, measuring, cutting, reaming and threading to bend pipe or install sprinkler heads to the required shape using hand or power tools.
Welding, brazing, cementing, soldering and threading joints to join pipes and fabricate sections of the piping system.
Joining pipes and piping sections using soldering and welding equipment.
Connecting the piping system to water mains, supply tanks, pumps, compressors and control equipment.
Installing valves, alarms and associated equipment.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Inspecting, examining and testing installed systems or pipelines using pressure gauges, hydrostatic testing, observation or other methods.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Removing and replacing worn components and reactivating systems.
Servicing and repairing the sprinkler system.
Equipment Maintenance
Equipment Selection
Career Path
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How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

  • LNG export facility construction
  • Natural gas pipeline construction
  • Turnaround maintenance

When LNG takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Relocation
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
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  • Construction of buildings (non-residential and residential)
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Job Details

Job Category




Oil and gas services

Oil sands

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Completion of a four- to five-year apprenticeship program is required to become a certified tradesperson. Another route into apprenticeship training is a pre-apprenticeship foundation program. In some provinces, both of these routes can begin in high school.
  • The Red Seal endorsement is the interprovincial standard of excellence, and is available to tradespersons upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • H2S Alive
  • Confined space entry
  • Fall protection
  • Standard and emergency first aid