Steamfitter - Pipefitter
Introduction
Steamfitters/Pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, repair and service equipment and piping systems carrying water, steam, fluids, gases, chemicals and fuel in various systems such as heating, cooling, lubricating and process piping systems. They read and interpret drawings, specifications and codes to determine layout, type and size of pipe and tools to use. They measure, cut, thread, groove, bend, solder, braze, assemble and install metal, plastic and fiberglass pipes, valves and fittings. As well, they must be able to join and secure pipe sections of related equipment. They check systems for leaks.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to 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. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to 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. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to identify hazard and safety icons, e.g. scan icons affixed to products, such as flux-core solders, to learn about their toxic properties. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Steam and Pipefitting
Reading
Ability to understand and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports pertaining to the properties of water, metals and alloys.  (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand written instructions for the set-up, operation and maintenance of equipment such as power and powder-actuated tools. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to 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. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to 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. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read job specification books to learn about project scopes and engineering requirements. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read magazine and website articles to stay current on industry trends and broaden their knowledge of techniques and materials. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as the positions of parts using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends and symbols found on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using moderately complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret and take measurements from mechanical drawings and photographs to identify how to install equipment for steam heating systems. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to interpret complex schematic diagrams and three-dimensional drawings to understand the routing of piping through below-ground and above-ground conduits and identify possible interferences. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
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. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools, methods and products for installations and repairs, e.g. consider project scopes and the availability of materials and labour. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of piping system faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use computers to troubleshoot and test alarm and control systems. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read reminders and short notes from co-workers, e.g. read notes from forepersons to learn about equipment faults. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read memos, e.g. read memos from forepersons to learn about upcoming meetings and changes to operating procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to enter data such as dates and identification numbers into labels and tags.  (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers and quantities in simple lists and tables. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers, specifications and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
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. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to short comments in email, forms and log books, e.g. write comments in order forms to specify delivery requirements. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write reminders and short notes to customers and co-workers, e.g. write short notes to inform supervisors about repairs in-progress and tasks to be completed. (Complexity: 1)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to use trigonometry to identify and calculate the unknown lengths and angles of triangles. (Complexity: 2)