Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades

Overview

Contractors and supervisors in pipefitting trades supervise and coordinate the activities of workers classified in the following unit groups: Plumbers (72300), Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers (72301) and Gas fitters (72302). They are employed by construction companies, mechanical, plumbing and pipefitting trade contractors and maintenance departments of industrial, commercial and manufacturing establishments. Contractors may be self-employed.

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments

  • Requisition materials and supplies

  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity

  • Train or arrange for training of workers

  • Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions

  • Ensure standards for safe working conditions are observed

  • Prepare schedules and other reports

  • May manage the operations of their own companies

  • May supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers

  • Small businesses' contractors may execute tasks within their trade area of expertise, which is generally not the case for supervisors or contractors associated with a medium or large business.

  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers who install, repair and maintain piping systems used for the transmission of steam, heat, water, oil and other liquids and gases in residential, commercial, industrial and other installations

Job titles

  • fire protection equipment installer foreman/woman
  • gas fitters foreman/woman
  • gas fitters supervisor
  • gas line fitters foreman/woman
  • gas service foreman/woman
  • gas service supervisor

Employment prospects

Source: BC Labour Market Outlook 2023 edition

Annual salary

Low

$62,568

Median

$87,595

High

$114,708

Job openings

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British Columbia

177

expected job openings (5-year forecast)

Education and training

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Journeyman/woman trade certification in a relevant trade is required.
  • Several years of experience as a qualified tradesperson in a relevant trade are required.

Additional information

  • There is little or no intertrade mobility among the supervisors in this unit group.

Certification requirements

Mandatory: You need the following certifications to practice as Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades in B.C.

  • Skilled Trades Certification - Contractors and Supervisors of Pipefitting Trades
  • Contractors and Supervisors of Pipefitting Trades Red Seal Certification

Skilled Trades Certification - Contractors and Supervisors of Pipefitting Trades

Please confirm with the certifying body that your intended program qualifies you for this certification. To work as a contractor or supervisor of pipefitting trades in B.C., you will need a SkilledTradesBC certification demonstrating that you have completed the necessary technical training and work experience part of your apprenticeship program.

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Contractors and Supervisors of Pipefitting Trades Red Seal Certification

Please confirm with the certifying body that your intended program qualifies you for this certification. This career is eligible for Red Seal endorsement. When all levels of your trades training are complete, you can write an Interprovincial Red Seal exam. A successful result demonstrates you have met the national standard for your trade in Canada will allow you to practice your trade outside of BC in provinces and territories covered by the Red Seal certification.

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Work Experience

  • Work experience required

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