TQAA, Compulsory Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Layout, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair piping systems carrying water, steam, chemicals and fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems
  • Read and interpret drawings, blueprints and specifications to determine layout requirements
  • Select type and size of pipe required
  • Install supports, valves, piping and control systems
  • Test systems for leaks using testing equipment
  • Remove and replace worn components and reactivate systems

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You may work outside at various times of the year and experience a range of environmental conditions
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You need to be in good physical condition to carry materials
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Contractors in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors are major employers
  • Many steamfitters own their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10, however, employers and unions may require Grade 12
  • Completion of a 5 year apprenticeship program at 1,800 hours per year
  • If you have completed 9,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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