Like most construction trades, there has been no scientific exploration into exactly what personality types will make a successful steamfitter. However, the Myers Briggs personality type of ISTP, or otherwise known as ‘the craftsperson’, is likely to be a successful steamfitter. This is because these types are able to tackle problems in their immediate environmen and they enjoy building and fixing objects. ISTPs are typically very attentive to detail, independent, adaptable and self-directed, which are key skills for steamfitter.
Accomplishment and mastery
As steamfitters can learn advanced skills in a relatively short space of time, there is high skill accomplishment and mastery. With additional experience in the occupation, steamfitters may then have opportunities to advance to start their own business, which further increases the amount of accomplishment and mastery.
Meaning and contribution
As building cannot function without the correct pipe fittings to carry liquids and gasses at high pressure, the work of a steamfitter is incredibly meaningful for all of us. Their work makes a huge contribution to society, by aiding the development of the buildings we use for work, play and living. If you’re looking for a career with high levels of meaning, then you can use your steamfitter knowledge and skills to help build building in deprived areas!
Steamfitters can work for themselves as independent contractors, for pipe fitting companies, in a factory or industrial setting, for gas companies, or they may be employed by construction companies or builders. Regardless of where they work, they tend to work full time hours. Sometimes, they may be on call for emergencies and have to work evenings and weekends.
Who will thrive in this career?
Like most construction trades, one of the most important things a steamfitter can be is to be physically fit and strong, as their work is physically demanding and involves carrying heavy materials and kneeling down for long periods of time. Those who work well as part of a team and communicate will with others are likely to thrive as steamfitter, as the work is often team focused and involves communicating with other construction workers (e.g., plumbers, welders, bricklayers) and clients. Similarly, those who can also work independently will thrive as a steamfitter. This is because steamfitters will also spend some time working alone and must be self-directed. Finally, the ability to pay attention to detail is essential, as a steamfitters will have to ensure all pipes are fitted and repaired correctly.
Who will struggle in this career?
You are are likely to struggle with working as a steamfitter if you are physically unfit, as this means you won’t be able to carry the heavy material that is required for the job. Similarly, if you prefer to do less practical work, then you may struggle as a steamfitter due to the hands-on nature of the work. Finally, those who do not want to work irregular and unpredictable hours may struggle with being a steamfitter, as they may have to be on call to answer emergencies.