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Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 7252

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. Sprinkler system installers fabricate, install, test, maintain and repair water, foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemical sprinkler systems in buildings for fire protection purposes. Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers are employed in maintenance departments of factories, plants and similar establishments, and by pipefitting and sprinkler system contractors, or they may be self-employed.

Job Duties for Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

Steamfitters and pipefitters
  • Read and interpret drawings, blueprints and specifications to determine layout requirements
  • Cut openings for pipe in walls, floors and ceilings using hand or power tools or machines
  • Select type and size of pipe required
  • Measure, cut, thread and bend pipe to required shape using hand and power tools
  • Weld, braze, cement, solder and thread joints to join pipes and fabricate sections of piping system
  • Install supports, valves, piping and control systems
  • Test system for leaks using testing equipment
  • Clean and maintain pipe units and fittings and flush system
  • Remove and replace worn components and reactivate system
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.
Sprinkler system installers
  • Read and interpret drawings, specifications and fire codes to determine layout requirements
  • Install clamps, brackets and hangers to support piping system and sprinkler and fire protection equipment, using hand and power tools
  • Select, measure, cut, ream and thread pipe, install sprinkler heads and mount prepared pipe in supports
  • Join pipes and piping sections using soldering and welding equipment
  • Connect piping system to water mains, supply tanks, pumps, compressors and control equipment
  • Installs valves, alarms and associated equipment
  • Test system for leaks using air or liquid pressure equipment
  • Service and repair sprinkler system
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.

Working Conditions for Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

Work may be performed indoors or outdoors, depending on the task. Safety measures must be followed to prevent injury from working at heights, using tools, heat, and fumes.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Apprentice Pipefitter
  • Apprentice Pipefitter-steamfitter
  • Apprentice Sprinkler System Fitter
  • Apprentice Steamfitter
  • Fire Prevention And Automatic Suppression Systems Installer
  • Fire Protection Mechanic
  • Fire Protection Piping Installer
  • Fire Protection Piping System Installer
  • Fire Sprinkler Fitter
  • Journeyman/woman Pipefitter
  • Journeyman/woman Sprinkler System Installer
  • Journeyman/woman Steamfitter-pipefitter
  • Maintenance Pipefitter
  • Marine Pipefitter
  • Marine Steamfitter
  • Pipefitter
  • Pipefitter - Shipbuilding
  • Pipefitter-steamfitter
  • Radiator Pipe Installer
  • Railway Car And Locomotive Pipefitter
  • Ship Pipefitter
  • Ship Steamfitter
  • Sprinkler And Fire Protection Installer
  • Sprinkler Fitter
  • Sprinkler System Fitter
  • Sprinkler System Installer
  • Sprinkler System Installer (non-construction)
  • Sprinkler System Installer Apprentice
  • Steam Heating Installer
  • Steam Main Servicer
  • Steam Pipefitter
  • Steamfitter
  • Steamfitter - Shipbuilding
  • Steamfitter/pipefitter (non-construction)
  • Steamfitter-pipefitter
  • Turbine Pipefitter
  • Welding Pipefitter
  • Apprentice Pipefitter-steamfitter
  • Fire Protection Mechanic
  • Fire Sprinkler Fitter
  • Marine Pipefitter
  • Pipefitter
  • Sprinkler System Fitter
  • Sprinkler System Installer
  • Steamfitter
  • Steamfitter-pipefitter
  • Lawn Sprinkler Installer/Technician
  • Lawn Sprinkler Installer Technician
  • Sprinkler System (irrigation) Installer
  • Sprinkler Installer

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