Gas fitters (NOC 7253)

About this job

Gas fitters install, inspect, repair and maintain gas lines and gas equipment. This includes meters, regulators, heating units, as well as appliances in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

People in this job should have mechanical skills, enjoy working with their hands and be able to read and understand detailed instructions. Gas fitters must be able to spot and fix problems. Also, they must understand and follow health and safety regulations.

Watch the video below to see what a gas fitter does in a day.

Common job titles
  • converter, furnace
  • fitter-installer, gas
  • gas pipe mechanic
  • pipefitter, gas
  • technician, gas

Duties

Gas fitters:

  • Read and understand drawings and blue prints 
  • Measure and mark key points for the connection of gas lines and equipment
  • Install, repair and maintain gas meters and regulators, gas lines between gas unit and gas meter
  • Install, maintain and service gas heating units and their components, such as burners, valves and automatic controls
  • Repair and service gas appliances and related equipment
  • Test and replace defective equipment or parts of the systems
  • Test and adjust control mechanisms and check pipes and connections for gas leaks using gas detecting devices
  • Attend to gas escape calls and help with the investigation of gas fires and explosions
  • Prepare work reports 
  • Advise clients about safety features and how to maintain gas units and systems
  • Convert motor vehicles or appliances to use natural gas fuels

Work environment

People in this job work for gas/utility companies and gas servicing companies.

Gas fitters typically work 40 hours per week, but occasional overtime may be required. Some gas fitters may work on-call and respond to emergencies. Gas fitters generally work independently.

Gas fitters may work outdoors and be exposed to a range of weather conditions. Work environments may be noisy and dirty. People in this job must be physically fit and be able to work in tight spaces. They may need to stand for long periods of time and work at heights on ladders and scaffolding. Gas fitters work with explosive gas and must follow strict safety regulations. People in this career receive safety training and wear special safety equipment to protect them from injury.

Insights from industry

The demand for gas fitters in B.C. is driven largely by the construction and utility industries to complete residential, commercial, institutional and industrial projects.

Newly built and renovated buildings as well as the development of new utility pipelines creates opportunities for gas fitters because they are needed to install gas systems.

Education in math and science is important in this industry. This knowledge provides a foundation for detailed calculations that are required in planning and doing the tasks required.

Ongoing training and education are important for people in this career. Gas fitters must keep their skills up to date by learning new technology and industry methods.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience and additional education and training, gas fitters can move into supervisory positions, including foreperson, maintenance manager or service manager. Some may decide to become self-employed and start their own contracting businesses.

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