Steamfitter working on machine

Steamfitter and Steamfitter Service Apprenticeship

Steamfitters assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems required for processing, manufacturing, heating, and cooling.

Steamfitters or service steamfitters typically:

  • 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.
  • Install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems.
Work Conditions and Locations

Steamfitters 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. Steamfitters 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.

  • Industrial plants
  • Chemical plants
  • Refineries
  • Power plants
  • Waste water treatment plants
  • Hospitals
  • Other commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings
  • 5-year program
  • 8,125 hours of on-the-job learning
  • 624 hours of paid related instruction
  • 300 hours of unpaid related instruction
Application Requirements

To qualify for this apprenticeship opportunity, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Age: Be the minimum age as required and specified in the state employment laws.
Education: High school diploma or equivalent
Aptitude Testing: Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required).
Physical Ability: Be physically able to perform trade work.
License: Have valid driver's license or reliable transportation.

Get Started

If you meet the application requirements listed above, do the following to get started:

  1. Visit Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and select Tri City Steamfitters JAC or Wausau Area Steamfitters JAC to learn more.

  2. Obtain direct employment through a company that operates an apprenticeship program or a similar sponsorship.

  3. Contact Raquel Nowak to learn about the application process:

    Raquel Nowak
    Apprenticeship Training Representative
    Bureau of Apprenticeship
    Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development