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Career Area: Architecture and Construction
Program Number: 50-435-0
Credit Program


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

Steamfitting Careers

A steamfitter constructs, installs and repairs pipes and equipment made to withstand high pressure. You'll learn how to install wet heating systems, ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. You’ll gain welding and pipefitting skills, along with a thorough knowledge of the principles of heating and cooling and all temperature controls. This program requires you to first be employed and involves five years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.


Recent Wisconsin job postings for this apprenticeship:

  • Pipe/Equipment Installer
  • Steamfitter
  • HVAC Installer

Average Median Wage



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.

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

Wisconsin Technical College Steamfitting Programs