Red Seal & Compulsory Certified

Steamfitters/pipefitters build, assemble, maintain and repair piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems. Because of this, much of their work is industrial. They work indoors or outdoors, and the job can be physically demanding.

You enjoy precision work.

You are a critical thinker.

You can understand complex instructions.


  • Install supports, valves, piping and control systems.
  • Measure, cut, thread, bend and install metal, plastic and fibreglass pipes, valves and fittings.
  • Weld, cement, solder and join pipes and related equipment.
  • Read blueprints, drawings and specifications.
  • Make detailed sketches for pipe and equipment fabrication and installation, as required.
  • Check systems for leaks and remove and replace worn components.
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication skills, reading and numeracy.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints.
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Manual dexterity.
  • Strength, stamina and ability to lift heavy materials.
  • Ability to work at heights and in diverse weather.

Entering the Trade

  • Is there a training pathway for this trade?: Yes
  • Number of Levels: 4
  • Total Required Apprenticeship Hours: 7,200
  • Total Hours Required to Challenge Exam as a Trade Qualifier:  10,800

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Hourly Pay

$43.57 – $46.30/hr

*Based on 2023 collective agreement Journeyperson hourly rate

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~6,500 by 2032*

*BuildForce Canada 10-Year Workforce Outlook for NB

Did You Know?

Steamfitters/pipefitters work on systems that operate under extremely high pressure and temperatures. It is critical that they have a thorough knowledge of scientific principles to complete their work safely.