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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7252b Occupation: Steamfitters and pipefitters
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Steamfitters and pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair piping systems carrying water, steam, chemicals and fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems. Steamfitters and pipefitters are employed in maintenance departments of factories, plants and similar establishments, and by pipefitting and sprinkler contractors, or they may be self-employed. Steamfitters and pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair piping systems carrying water, steam, chemicals and fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems. Steamfitters and pipefitters are employed in maintenance departments of factories, plants and similar establishments, and by pipefitting and sprinkler contractors, or they may be self-employed.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read instructions and warnings written on labels, signs, packaging and technical drawings, e.g. read signs to learn about steam hazards and comments on technical drawings to learn about design changes. (1)
  • Read reminders and short notes from co-workers, e.g. read notes from forepersons to learn about equipment faults. (1)
  • Read memos, e.g. read memos from forepersons to learn about upcoming meetings and changes to operating procedures. (2)
  • Read workplace safety materials, e.g. read rules to learn about personal protective equipment requirements and read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the chemical composition of products and their possible hazards. (2)
  • Read equipment warranties to understand what kinds of situations and practices can invalidate the warranties. (2)
  • Read a variety of manuals and quality control guidelines, e.g. read repair and installation manuals for technical information on equipment and fittings and to learn about installation, troubleshooting and maintenance procedures. (3)
  • Read job specification books to learn about project scopes and engineering requirements. (3)
  • Read pipefitting textbooks to understand when specific systems are appropriate and to review technical procedures. (4)
  • Read codes and regulations, e.g. read codes to ensure the processes, such as the installation of high pressure boilers, meet industry and regulatory specifications. (4)
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Writing
  • Write short comments in email, forms and log books, e.g. write notes to record progress being made on projects and write comments in order forms to specify delivery requirements. (1)
  • Write reminders and short notes to customers and co-workers, e.g. write short notes to inform forepersons about repairs in progress and tasks to be completed. (1)
  • Write short reports, e.g. write about events leading up to workplace accidents when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (2)
  • Describe project details on estimate sheets and work orders, e.g. describe piping installation tasks to be performed on job estimates. (2)
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Document Use
  • Enter and locate data, such as dates and identification numbers in labels and tags. (1)
  • Observe hazard and safety icons, e.g. scan icons affixed to products, such as flux-core solders to learn about their toxic properties. (1)
  • Complete a variety of checklists and forms, e.g. complete hazard assessment forms, timesheets and purchase orders by checking boxes and entering data, such as dates, times and quantities. (2)
  • Locate data in a variety of complex tables, e.g. locate data, such as dimensions, classifications, temperatures, tolerances, coefficients, identification numbers and quantities, in specification tables. (3)
  • Scan and interpret schematic diagrams and three-dimensional drawings to understand the routing of piping through below-ground and above-ground conduits and identify possible interferences. (4)
  • Interpret and take measurements from mechanical drawings and photographs to identify how to install equipment for steam heating systems. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use databases to enter and retrieve project information, such as specifications and technical drawings. (2)
  • Use Internet browsers and search engines to access drawings, technical service bulletins, codes, specifications and troubleshooting guides. (2)
  • Use CD-ROMs to access information, such as technical drawings and project specifications. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by apprenticeship trainers, associations, unions, suppliers and employers. (2)
  • Use computer-assisted design (CAD) software to access, modify and print technical drawings. (2)
  • Use communication software to exchange email and attachments with customers, suppliers and co-workers. (2)
  • Use specialized billing and accounting software to input and track sales, produce invoices and estimates and print reports, such as income and expense statements. (2)
  • Use spreadsheet software to tally costs for job estimates and invoices. (2)
  • Use word processing software to write letters to customers and prepare job estimates and invoices. (2)
  • Use project management software for complex equipment installations to schedule lead times and the completion of project milestones. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak with suppliers to learn about products, prices and delivery schedules. (1)
  • Talk to building inspectors and engineers, e.g. speak with Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) representatives about system certification requirements. (2)
  • Discuss specifications, safety concerns, timelines, procedures, expectations and other work-related matters with co-workers and other tradespeople, e.g. speak with forepersons about job assignments and with other tradespeople to co-ordinate activities and schedules. (2)
  • Participate in meetings, e.g. discuss safety hazards and work practices at safety meetings. (2)
  • Provide detailed step-by-step instructions to customers, contractors, apprentices and other tradespeople. (3)
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Money Math
  • Receive cash, debit and credit card payments and make change. (1)
  • Approve payment for invoices submitted by suppliers, verifying the accuracy of the charges for parts ordered and received. (2)
  • Calculate amounts for estimates and invoices. Multiply hours worked by labour rates and add amounts for materials, supplies and applicable taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule the completion of complex projects by considering tasks, lead times and the availability of labour and parts. (2)
  • Calculate material requirements, e.g. calculate the amount of materials, such as valves, connectors and piping, needed to complete projects. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of measurements using basic tools, e.g. measure the lengths and diameters of pipes using tape measures. (1)
  • Use formulae, e.g. use formulae to calculate the total falls on drain lines. (2)
  • Calculate the expansions and contractions of piping materials caused by temperature changes. (3)
  • Calculate rolling offsets when installing fittings in piping systems, e.g. use offset distances, changes in elevations, Pythagorean formula and trigonometry tables to determine the required lengths of pipe. (4)
  • Calculate capacities, e.g. ascertain the capacity of system piping by calculating the volumes of each differently sized system component using a variety of formulae. (4)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements to specifications, e.g. compare readings of particles per million in piping systems to standards. (1)
  • Calculate averages from sets of readings, e.g. take a series of pH readings to make sure levels are within the parameters recommended by boiler manufacturers. (2)
  • Analyze multiple pressure readings to evaluate plumbing system functions and troubleshoot faults, e.g. compare measurements of pressure to calculated and predicted values at various points in the system to identify the location of leaks. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the material requirements for projects. Consider project scope and materials needed for similar jobs in the past. (2)
  • Estimate the length of time that it will take to complete projects. Consider projects and the availability of materials and labour. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Steamfitters-pipefitters receive the initial information regarding the work that needs to be accomplished by the general contractor or foreperson who assigns the work, identify the available areas where the work can be done on the job site and coordinate all the trades on the job site. Once the information is received from the foreperson, the steamfitters-pipefitters define the steps needed for their part of the job and identify a plan to accomplish the task as well as coordinate with the other trades. Tasks being performed present a number of planning challenges, including frequent interruptions for testing and coordination with other trades as very often specific or unique pipes need to be designed and fitted. Sequencing, scheduling and coordinating are very important when several trades are involved in a project.Steamfitters-pipefitters may plan several days to weeks in advance depending on the project. They need to plan carefully for the availability of fittings, materials and trades. They may need to plan for considerable overtime hours, especially in cases where a company has a shutdown for steam refit to be done. Working nights and weekends is not unusual in these circumstances and more careful planning is needed to maximize the limited time of the shutdown. Planning and organizing the work of others is not a primary responsibility of the occupation. Usually that task falls under the responsibility of the foreperson for a given worksite. In some cases, steamfitters-pipefitters may supervise some of the work performed by welders, pipe insulators, control pipefitters, or electricians. They may also act as mentors and supervise apprentices.Planning and organizing the work of others is not a primary responsibility of the occupation. Usually that task fall under the responsibility of the foreperson for a given worksite. In some cases, steamfitters-pipefitters may supervise some of the work performed by welders, pipe insulators, control pipefitters, or electricians. They may also act as mentors and supervise apprentices. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide the order of repair and maintenance jobs, e.g. give priority to small tasks that can be turned around quickly and to commercial work that must be completed to keep those businesses operational. (1)
  • Decide which tools to use, procedures to follow and tests to perform to diagnose and repair vehicles. (1)
  • Decide to replace worn parts when repairs are not feasible and economical. Consider the condition of parts and their replacement cost. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Miss deadlines when tasks extend beyond time estimates for completion. Consult with supervisors and customers to reschedule work and work overtime as required. (1)
  • Encounter delays due to equipment breakdowns and shortages of materials. Inform others about the delays and perform other work until repairs are completed and needed materials arrive. (1)
  • Face disruptions of work schedules, timelines and budgets when project designs are found to be faulty and when specifications are changed after projects have already started. Assist in the development of new designs and perform other work until the projects start. (3)
  • Encounter failures in a pipe. Shut off the steam, identify the reasons for the failure and consult with engineers to determine the proper course of action to rectify the situation. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Locate information needed for repairs by referring to daily planners, manuals and diagrams and by consulting with service managers, co-workers, manufacturers, suppliers and colleagues. (2)
  • Locate information about the products they use by visiting manufacturers' websites, reading labels, product descriptions and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), talking to co-workers and suppliers. (2)
  • Draw upon information collected from Web research, CD-ROMs, operation manuals, other tradespeople, electrical engineers and manufacturers to troubleshoot and repair difficult faults. (3)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the performance of apprentices. Consider apprentices' abilities to diagnose and troubleshoot faults, locate information, such as specifications, and complete repairs effectively. (2)
  • Evaluate the preparedness of job sites for piping installations. Consider the adequacy of access to work areas and lighting and protection from inclement weather. (2)
  • Evaluate the safety of work sites. Consider the hazards presented by elements, such as working from heights and in confined spaces. (2)
  • Decide the most efficient course of action to complete particular jobs, e.g. decide how to relocate piping when there are obstacles and how to order troubleshooting activities to efficiently diagnose faults by drawing upon engineering principles of force, fluid dynamics and expansion. (3)
  • Assess the quality of piping installations and repairs. Take readings and measurements, observe the appearance of joints and check for signs of leaks. (3)
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