Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

NOC
7252

Lay out, assemble, fabricate and maintain piping systems carrying water, steam, chemicals, fuel and other agents used in fire protection, heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

58
 

Median Hourly Wage

$39.49
$22.90
Low
$45.04
High

Median Salary

$53,468
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

614
 

% Working Full Time

96%
 

% Working Full Year

36%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Steamfitters and pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair piping systems carrying water, steam, chemicals and fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems. Sprinkler system installers fabricate, install, test, maintain and repair water, foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemical sprinkler systems in buildings for fire protection purposes.

Main Duties

Steamfitters and pipefitters perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Read and interpret drawings, blueprints and specifications to determine layout requirements
  • Cut openings for pipe in walls, floors and ceilings using hand or power tools or machines
  • Select type and size of pipe required
  • Measure, cut, thread and bend pipe to required shape using hand and power tools
  • Weld, braze, cement, solder and thread joints to join pipes and fabricate sections of piping system
  • Install supports, valves, piping and control systems
  • Test system for leaks using testing equipment
  • Clean and maintain pipe units and fittings and flush system
  • Remove and replace worn components and reactivate system
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.

Sprinkler system installers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Read and interpret drawings, specifications and fire codes to determine layout requirements
  • Install clamps, brackets and hangers to support piping system and sprinkler and fire protection equipment, using hand and power tools
  • Select, measure, cut, ream and thread pipe, install sprinkler heads and mount prepared pipe in supports
  • Join pipes and piping sections using soldering and welding equipment
  • Connect piping system to water mains, supply tanks, pumps, compressors and control equipment
  • Installs valves, alarms and associated equipment
  • Test system for leaks using air or liquid pressure equipment
  • Service and repair sprinkler system
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.

Also Known As

  • apprentice pipefitter-steamfitter
  • fire protection mechanic
  • fire sprinkler fitter
  • marine pipefitter
  • pipefitter
  • sprinkler system fitter
  • sprinkler system installer
  • steamfitter
  • steamfitter-pipefitter
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a four- to five-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over five years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in steamfitting, pipefitting or sprinkler system installation is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Steamfitter-pipefitter trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
  • Steamfitter-pipefitter (non-construction) trade certification is compulsory in Quebec.
  • Sprinkler system installer trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Manitoba and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
  • Sprinkler system installer (no construction) trade certification is compulsory in Quebec.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified steamfitters-pipefitters and sprinkler system installers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

1.6%
Female
98.4%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

6.7%
15-24
26.0%
25-34
22.1%
35-44
27.9%
45-54
17.3%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
7.6%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
50.5%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
40.0%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
1.9%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

54.1%
Construction
21.1%
Manufacturing
11.0%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
13.8%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

21.00%
Northeast
17.10%
Southeast
35.20%
Southwest
19.00%
Central
7.60%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$53,416
Northeast
$44,622
Southeast
$85,764
Southwest
$86,614
Central
$65,463
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$41.13
$23.00
Low
$45.45
High
No Data Available

Southwest

$39.64
$25.93
Low
$44.63
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$53,468

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$81,410

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$53,468

Newfoundland

$75,676

Prince Edward Island

$69,297

Nova Scotia

$58,433

Canada

$69,051
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

58
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-14
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

72
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

198
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-35
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

234