Steamfitter Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act
Compulsory Trade
Designated Red Seal Trade Trade Code 307A
NOC 7252


  • 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 Essential Skills profile for additional qualities

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

Training Availability

Apprenticeship Training George Brown College P.O. Box 1015, Station B
Toronto ON M5P 2T9
416-415-5000 or 1-800-265-2002

Mohawk College Stoney Creek ON

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices progress initially from 40% to 80% of journeyperson’s wages over time
  • Wages 1 range from $20 – $22 for junior apprentices and $36 – $38 for journeypeople, excluding overtime

Prospects For Employment

  • Ratio for journeyperson/apprentice is 1:1 or 3:1
  • Employment 1 is expected to be good to very good until 2019
  • Employment opportunities are linked to the economy and the housing market and are cyclical

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Employers who employ first and second year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
  • Apprentices are able to apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
  • Apprentices may also be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction
  • Apprentices who complete their apprenticeship and earn their Certificate of Qualification are eligible for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant