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Become a Gas Fitter and Make New Connections

As the energy systems of the country change, the need for people to build and maintain the infrastructure increases. A career as a gas fitter has a strong future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics a certified gas fitter has an average hourly pay of $25.92 and a median salary of $53,000. Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. New construction and building maintenance and repair should drive demand for these workers, and overall job opportunities are expected to be good

A gas fitter handles the installation, maintenance, and repair of natural gas pipes for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Positions exist with utility companies, gas companies, or the construction industry. Job duties include installing gas equipment like valves, burners, regulators, and meters, testing and servicing equipment, installing gas lines for appliances like boilers, stoves, ovens, and barbeque grills, and repairing pipes and fixtures

As with most construction jobs, training is required and certifications bring more employment opportunities and higher pay

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is required

Technical schools offer courses on pipe system design, safety, and tool use. They also offer courses that are considered necessary by some pipefitter and steamfitter apprenticeship training programs.

Training

Most gas fitters learn their trade through a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship. Each year, apprentices must have at least 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related technical education. The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) provide high quality training programs and professional to plumbing specialties, UA offers five-year apprenticeship programs, and extensive journeyman training.

National ITC (NITC), a renowned third-party testing and certification provider with 25 years’ experience works in conjunction with the UA to develop and maintain ongoing examination development within the plumbing, pipefitting, and steamfitting trades. View the NTIC website
to see the available certification examinations.

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