Plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, gasfitters and sprinkler fitters all install and repair piping systems. Plumbers generally work in resedential or commercial settings; pipefitters work at industrial applications; steam fitters and gas fitters work on piping with special needs; and sprinkler fitters install sprinkler systems in buildings for fire protection. In this trade you would cut and shape pipes, install fittings and supports, and read and interpret plans. Since a wide range of hand and power tools are used, additional skills such as welding are needed. You might work in residential or commercial maintenance, or on construction projects. The work is often on a project-by-project basis. Working conditions are often cramped and uncomfortable.
WHAT YOU NEED:
All provinces offer apprenticeship programs in plumbing or pipefitting trades. Plumbing programs usually last four to five years and have a minimum education requirement of Grade 10 or 11. Except in Newfoundland and Manitoba, you must normally complete an apprenticeship program to work as a plumber. If you complete the Interprovincial Seal Program, your apprenticeship will be recognized in other provinces
$37,000 to $39,000