Gas fitters (NOC 7253)

About this job

Gas fitters install, inspect, repair and maintain gas lines and gas equipment such as meters, regulators, heating units and appliances in residential, commercial and industrial establishments.

People in this occupation:

  • work for gas utility companies and gas servicing companies
  • should have a mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity and an ability to read and understand complex instructions
  • must have the ability to diagnose problems
  • must be aware of safety issues
Common job titles
  • converter, furnace
  • fitter-installer, gas
  • gas pipe mechanic
  • pipefitter, gas
  • technician, gas
  • converter, furnace
  • fitter-installer, gas
  • gas pipe mechanic
  • pipefitter, gas
  • technician, gas

Duties

Gas fitters perform some or all of the following duties:

  • study drawings and specifications to determine the layout of the installation and materials required
  • measure and mark reference points for installation of gas lines and equipment
  • install and maintain gas meters and regulators and 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 components
  • test and adjust control mechanisms and check pipes and piping connections for gas leaks using gas detecting devices
  • attend to gas escape calls and help with the investigation of gas fires and explosions
  • prepare reports on work performed and condition of facilities
  • advise clients regarding standards, safety features and maintenance of gas units and system
  • convert motor vehicles or appliances to use natural gas fuels

Work environment

Gas fitters typically work 40 hours per week when working full time. However, full-time work may be seasonal. Gas fitters may have to work longer hours in good weather conditions or in order to meet project deadlines. In addition to their regular work, some gas fitters may work on an on-call basis responding to emergencies. Gas fitters generally work independently.

Gas fitters may work outdoors and be exposed to varying weather conditions. Work environments may be noisy and dirty. Workers may also be required to stand for long periods of time.

Gas fitters must be physically fit and be able to work in tight spaces. Work may be done at heights on ladders and scaffolding, so potential falls from heights pose a risk. Gas fitters work with explosive gas and must follow strict safety regulations. These workers receive safety training and wear special safety equipment to protect them from injury.

Insights from industry

Average annual growth is projected to be slow, however, some openings are expected to result from retirements.

Future demand for workers will depend on growth in the Construction and Utilities industries. Construction activity is sensitive to factors such as interest rates, population growth and the cost of materials.

Some work opportunities should be available because gas fitters are needed to install gas systems within new and renovated buildings and to work on development of new utility pipelines.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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

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