Steamfitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, troubleshoot, maintain and repair piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals, compressed air, liquids, gases or fuel used in energy production, heating, cooling, food processing, manufacturing, lubricating and other process piping systems.

Skills Needed

Strong math skills and possess mechanical and spatial abilities

Relevant Classes

Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, science and computer classes

Education & Training

Steamfitters train in a 5-year apprenticeship program

Work Environment

Expect to work indoors and outdoors in varying weather at physically demanding tasks

Job Wages


Average Hourly Wage*

Entry Level






*Compare to Wisconsin minimum wage $7.25/hr

Job Outlook


Through 2020 in Wisconsin

Jobs Expected


Through 2020 in Wisconsin

Data source - Wisconsin Worknet 2013

Train for the Trade As An Apprentice

Steamfitters train through a 5-year apprenticeship program. The training includes no less than 640 hours of paid and 594 hours of unpaid related instruction and 9,326 hours of on the job training.

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