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Updated / Apprenticeship

Gasfitter

Gasfitters size, install, test, adjust and service natural gas and propane equipment ranging from residential furnaces to industrial boilers.

  • Avg. Salary $76,081.00
  • Avg. Wage $38.74
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Gas Fitters (7253) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Gas Fitters (H113) 
  • 2011 NOC: Gas fitters (7253) 
  • 2016 NOC: Gas fitters (7253) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

35%
35%
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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Gasfitter is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Gas Fitters
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to convert motor vehicles and appliances to use natural gas fuels; and in testing and replacing defective equipment and components

METHODICAL

Interest in speaking to respond to calls about leaking gas and to assist in the investigation of gas fires and explosions; in testing and adjusting control mechanisms, and in checking pipes and piping connections for gas leaks using gas-detecting devices

innovative

Interest in compiling information to repair and service gas appliances and related equipment

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2020

In Alberta, this trade has 2 branches:

  • Gasfitter-Class A is certified to work on all gas –fired appliances with no limit on British Thermal Units (BTUs) capacity.
  • Gasfitter-Class B is certified to work on gas-fired appliances not exceeding 400,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs).

Gasfitters employed by:

  • Utility companies repair and extend gas mains, and install, repair and service pipes and fittings between mains and buildings
  • Propane distributors install and service propane vaporizers, temporary heating equipment, propane metering and dispensing equipment, and propane pumping equipment
  • Mechanical and service companies install and maintain piping and appliances in residential, commercial and industrial buildings

Following codes, regulations and accepted safety practices, gasfitters determine the size and type of pipe, equipment, appliances and devices to use. They:

  • Test, identify and select the correct piping and related materials
  • Measure, cut, thread and assemble pipe using tools such as pipe cutters, pipe threading machines and pipe vices
  • Install vents and flues and connect gas-consuming appliances such as ranges, dryers, barbecues, furnaces, boilers, space heaters, radiant and forced air heaters.
  • Test and replace defective equipment or components
  • Start up and adjust new or repaired equipment
  • Prepare reports

Gasfitters also may:

  • Install and repair underground gas mains and distribution pipes
  • Respond to calls about escaping gas
  • Assist in the investigation of gas fires and explosions
  • Convert motor vehicles or appliances to use other fuels (for example, propane or natural gas)
  • Install and service propane and natural gas filling stations
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Gasfitters’ work is physically demanding, both indoors and outdoors. They work a 40-hour week with overtime sometimes required for emergencies or to meet construction deadlines. There is some risk of injury when working with explosive gases and power tools.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Gasfitters need:

  • Mechanical, electrical and electronic aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Problem solving skills
  • The ability to deal courteously with customers

They should enjoy having little direction or supervision, and encountering variety in their work.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

To work in Alberta, a gasfitter must be ONE of the following:

  • A registered apprentice
  • An Alberta-certified journeyperson
  • Someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train them. They must also meet ONE of the following:

  • Have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 20-2, Math 20-3, and Science 10, or equivalent
  • Have a pass mark in all 5 Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests
  • Pass an entrance exam

Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates.

Each branch has a different term of apprenticeship:

  • Gasfitter-Class A: 3 years (three 12-month periods) that include a minimum of 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year
  • Gasfitter-Class B: 2 years (two 12-month periods) that include a minimum of 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year

High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for admission, credit, or certification. Credits may reduce the period of apprenticeship.

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. For more information, see the Apprenticeship Training Catalogue.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

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Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Gasfitter

Gasfitters size, install, test, adjust and service natural gas and propane equipment ranging from residential furnaces to industrial boilers. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act [pdf] and Gasfitter Trade Regulation [pdf], you must have a certificate that is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training or be a registered apprentice to work on natural gas and propane equipment in Alberta.

What You Need

Terms of apprenticeship vary for each branch of the trade, ranging from 2 to 3 years (12-month periods). Each year includes a minimum of 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training.

Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.

Working in Alberta

Gasfitters from other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

Contact Details

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).

Additional Information

Certified tradespeople who want to build their business skills may obtain an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Certificate from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Gasfitters are employed in the construction, manufacturing and utilities industries. Their prospects change depending on the season and how well the economy is doing. Experienced gasfitters may advance to supervisory positions such as foreman, maintenance manager or service manager, or start their own contracting businesses.

In Alberta, 77% of people employed as gasfitters work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed above]
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Ssize of the occupation

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Apprentice Gasfitters-Class A earn at least 50% of the journeyperson wage rate in their place of employment in the first year, 60% in the second and 80% in the third.

Apprentice Gasfitters-Class B earn at least 90% of the journeyperson wage rate in their place of employment in the first year and 95% in the second.

Overall Wage Details
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $41.35 $31.67 $36.00
Overall $27.00 $48.83 $38.74 $40.00
Top $33.00 $57.00 $44.78 $45.51

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

35%
35%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

46%
46%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

9%
9%

Vacancy Rate

3%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

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Updated Mar 31, 2020. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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