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Does working on large industrial projects or maintaining boiler and comfort systems interest you? Steamfitting is a multi-faceted trade, encompassing a wide array of responsibilities over an even wider range of working environments.

Steamfitters test and maintain the systems once they are in place, using specialized equipment to ensure the safety of the pipes and other components of the system such as the automatic controls that are increasingly being used to monitor these systems. Steamfitters often work on heating and cooling systems in large industrial plants as well as various systems in electric power plants. They must know how to work with a wide variety of materials because these systems are made of several different types of materials including steel, copper, plastic and numerous metal alloys.

From fabrication shops, to shipyards, through to pulp mills, and water treatment plants, right up to oil refineries, and even nuclear power plants — steamfitting has it all! There are four levels of technical training for the steamfitting apprenticeship. The program will be delivered in a variety of formats combining in school and work-based training, all designed to meet the competency standards and profile as defined by the industry.

Program Information

  • Campus


  • Certification(s)
    Red Seal Certification
    Gas ‘B’ ticket (Level 4)
    Cross Connection Control (Level 3)
  • 4 yrs
  • Length

Topics Covered

Level 1

Training consists of learning the basics of the steamfitting trade with
an emphasis on safety.

  • Drafting and blueprint reading
  • Hand and power tools
  • Arc Welding
  • Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Burning
  • Pipes, Valves and Fittings

Complete program outline:

Steamfitter Pipefitter Level 1 Program Outline

Level 2

This stage of technical training exposes students to intermediate technical aspects of the trade. Drafting and systems process is a strong focus, in addition to many practical shop projects.

  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Fuel Oil Systems
  • Hydronic heating and cooling systems
  • Natural Gas and Propane Systems
  • Levelling Instruments and Tools

Complete program outline:

Steamfitter Pipefitter Level 2 Program Outline

Level 3

Past the half-way point in your apprenticeship, this level of technical training focuses on steam systems, fluid, power and supply systems.

  • Cross Connection Control
  • System design and material pickoff
  • Fluid Power Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Low Pressure Steam Heating
  • Combustion

Complete program outline:

Steamfitter Pipefitter Level 3 Program Outline

Level 4 (Red Seal)

This final level of technical training has substantial coverage of Steamfitting/Pipefitting as well as final preparation for the interprovincial Red Seal exam.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Instrumentation
  • Industrial Piping
  • Gasfitting
  • Electricity

Complete program outline:

Steamfitter Pipefitter Level 4 Program Outline


  • Recommended education is Grade 12 or GED
  • Minimum requirement is Grade 10 completion, including English, Math and Science 10

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