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Career Area: Architecture and Construction
Program Number: 50-435-2
Credit Program
HVAC valves


Applicant's age shall be as stated in the state employment laws
High school diploma or equivalent
Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
Physically able to perform trade
Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

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Steamfitters assemble, install, alter and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, compressed air, liquids and gases required for processing, manufacturing, heating and cooling. They install piping and tubing made of carbon steel, copper, plastic, glass or other metals using a variety of processes including brazing, welding, screwing, gluing, bending and mechanical joints. Work includes installation of heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems.

Working Conditions

Steamfitter's work in industrial plants, chemical plants, refineries power plants, waste water treatment plants, hospitals, and most other commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential buildings. The indoor or outdoor work requires strenuous physical stamina with walking, standing, climbing, lifting, and working in cramped spaces or in high areas. Steamfitter's work in buildings, trenches, roofs, from scaffolding, on ladders, and inside tanks. Safety training reduces hazards from exposure to chemicals, gases, fumes, loud noise, and falls from ladders and scaffolds.

Details and Requirements

5-year training program
7,500 hours of on-the-job training
500 hours paid related instruction
Additional related instruction may be required
Classroom subjects include drafting and blueprint reading, mathematics, applied physics and chemistry, and safety