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Apprenticeship

Gasfitter

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

  • Avg. Salary $72,831.00
  • Avg. Wage $33.90
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Lower
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

65%
65%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Gasfitter is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Gas Fitters
NOC code: 7253
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 Dec 14, 2016

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
  • 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. Gasfitter (A) certification is required to work on appliances exceeding 400,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs).
  • 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 Dec 14, 2016

Gasfitters work both indoors and outdoors at physically demanding tasks. 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.

Gasfitters may be required to lift and move items that weigh over 20 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Gasfitters need the following characteristics:

  • mechanical, electrical and electronic aptitude
  • manual dexterity
  • problem solving skills
  • the ability to deal courteously with customers.

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

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 14, 2016

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:

  • have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 20-2, Math 20-3 and Science 10, or equivalent, or pass an entrance exam.
  • find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates.

There are two branches of this trade in Alberta: Gasfitter (A) and Gasfitter (B). Those in the Gasfitter (B) branch work on equipment not exceeding 400,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs). Each branch has a different term of apprenticeship:

  • Gasfitter (A):  three years (three 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year
  • Gasfitter (B):  two years (two 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and eight 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 credit or certification.

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and is currently offered at:

  • Lakeland College in Vermilion
  • the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton
  • the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary.

For more information, visit the Technical Training Centre on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 14, 2016

This is an Apprenticeship trade. For full details, see the related certification profile

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Gasfitters are employed in the construction, manufacturing and utilities industries. Employment prospects change with seasonal and economic climates.

Experienced gasfitters may advance to supervisory positions such as foreman, maintenance manager or service manager, or start their own contracting businesses. Alberta certified journeyperson gasfitters who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

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

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the  industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size 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 Dec 14, 2016

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

Gas fitters
NOC code: 7253

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $19.00 $46.00 $27.12 $23.00
Overall $25.00 $50.00 $33.90 $33.10
Top $33.00 $55.00 $39.35 $37.00

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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.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Utilities

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

65%
65%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

15%
15%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

3%
3%

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Construction
    • Fabrication
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 14, 2016

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

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Calgary Construction Association website: www.cca.cc

 

 

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 30, 2015. 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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