Job Description: PIPEFITTER JOBS 


Job Description: PIPEFITTER JOBS

Pipefitters, along with related occupations such as steamfitters and sprinkler system installers, lay out, fabricate, and maintain piping systems used to carry steam, water, fuel, and chemicals from one location to another. They are always in demand for residential, commercial, and industrial jobs.

The Job

Work realities:
Pipefitters assemble, fabricate, test, maintain, and repair pipelines that carry water, steam, fuel, or chemicals for heating, cooling, lubricating, or other processes. Some workers who install piping to carry water or gas to homes and businesses are called plumbers, while the pipefitter designation is applied to those with a higher level of skill who work with chemicals, acids, or gases. Their employers are often utility companies, gas plants, or steam generating plants; over 86% of pipefitters work in manufacturing, construction, mining, and oil and gas extraction.

Reporting to:
The pipefitter usually reports to a foreman or supervisor.

Pipefitters, along with related occupations such as steamfitters, gasfitters, and sprinkler system installers, may plan activities in an office, but most of their work is on the job site. Pipefitters take the installation of piping systems from cost estimate to blueprint to installation and testing. After cutting holes in walls, floors, or ceilings, they measure, cut, thread, and bend the pipes that comprise the piping system and may then join the pipes by fastening methods such as welding or brazing. They connect the pipe to the source, test the flow, and perform repair and maintenance as necessary.

Future possibilities:
Pipefitters can move into supervisor positions or into more complex installation and maintenance jobs that involve handling gases and chemicals.


Pipefitters are highly trained workers who provide for the safe installation and maintenance of piping systems. They must be physically fit to do this demanding job and have a great degree of manual dexterity. They must have excellent problem-solving skills and be able to interpret and execute complex instructions.

Required Skills and Training

Pipefitters need a high school diploma and completion of a four- to five-year apprenticeship program or a blend of work experience and college or trade school coursework in the field.

Most companies require experience as a pre-requisite for hiring.

Skills and Certifications:
Certification in most provinces is compulsory for many specialties. By studying and passing a test for the interprovincial Red Seal, workers will be able to apply for jobs throughout Canada. Many jobs require proficiency in French and English.


Plumbers and pipefitters, Randstad can place you in great jobs throughout Canada. Put your education, certification, and experience to work – click here to start your Pipefitter job search.

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