Plumbers and Pipefitters install, remodel and maintain systems that carry water, steam, air and other liquids or gases necessary for sanitation, industrial production, heating, air conditioning and many other systems. Because they work in all kinds of industries, there are nearly endless work opportunities.

You are mechanically inclined.

You have good physical fitness.

You can interpret drawings and blueprints.


  • Read blueprints and drawings for plumbing system layouts, water supply networks and waste and drainage systems.
  • Determine piping system requirements and pipe sizing.
  • Measure, cut, thread and bend pipes to the required shape and size.
  • Cut openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings.
  • Join pipes using clamps, bolts, cement or soldering, brazing and welding equipment.
  • Test pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Reading and numeracy, reading, communication, problem-solving.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints.
  • Ability to work in high places.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

High school or equivalent. Complete a three-to-four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $41-$42

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

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