10 Insights from industry
The demand for steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers in B.C. is driven largely by the construction industry. About one-half of new openings will result from new job growth. This industry has experienced rapid growth in its commercial, industrial and residential sectors, creating a demand for skilled workers.
In northern B.C., many steamfitters and pipefitters work in resource-based industries, such as forestry and mining, oil and gas. These resource industries have experienced strong economic growth as a result of rising global commodity prices.
Manufacturing activity has seen limited growth due to the impact of U.S. export duties, a strong Canadian dollar, increased international competition and the damage caused by fires and pine beetle infestations, leading to closures and downsizing of older mills. These factors will limit the opportunities for steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers in the manufacturing industry.
The demand for qualified sprinkler system installers has increased in recent years as building code requirements have mandated the use of more extensive sprinkler systems. Piping and sprinkler systems are increasingly being monitored and controlled by microprocessor signal control panels, and workers with knowledge of programming or other advanced skills may have an employment advantage.