Steamfitters Job Information
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Steamfitters Job Overview
Steamfitters install, maintain and repair many different types of pipe systems. For example, some systems move water to a municipal water treatment plant and then to residential, commercial and public buildings. Others dispose of waste. Some bring in gas for stoves and furnaces. Other supply air-conditioning. Pipe systems in power plants carry the steam that powers huge turbines. Pipes also are used in manufacturing plants to move material through the production process.
Although plumbing and steamfitting are sometimes considered a single trade, workers generally specialize in one or the other. Steamfitters install and repair both high and low-pressure pipe systems that are used in manufacturing, in the generation of electricity, and in heating and cooling buildings. They also install automatic controls that are increasingly being used to regulate these systems.
Must be at least 18 years old; must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate; must have a copy of transcripts; must have Social Security card; must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation; must pass a physical exam, a drug test, and an aptitude test; and must show copy of a DD-214 (armed forces discharge), if applicable. Must be physically able to do the work. Applicant will have an oral interview.
The apprenticeship program lasts five years with a minimum of 1,230 hours spent in classroom training. Apprentices work on-the-job five days a week. Apprentices attend school two nights a week from August – May during all five years of the program.
Science, English, Communication Skills, Mathematics, mechanical drawing, business and industrial technology classes.
Because plumbers, steamfitters and sprinklerfitters must lift heavy pipes, stand for long periods and sometimes work in uncomfortable or cramped positions, they need physical strength as well as stamina. They may have to work outdoors in inclement weather. They also are subject to falls from ladders, cuts from sharp tools and burns from hot pipes or from soldering equipment.
Must be able to lift heavy objects; must be able to work in confined spaces; must have excellent work ethics; must be able to get along well with others; and must be able to work at high levels from scaffolds and ladders.
Apprentices start at 40 percent of Wage Scale:
- $39.60/hr Base Wage, plus
- $7.75/hr Health and Welfare, Plus
- $14.58/hr Annuity and Pension
(subject to change)
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