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A steamfitter performs the maintenance and installations of boilers, ventilation, heating and air-conditioning systems that contain piping. They are crucial for the smooth and effective maintenance of many modern buildings.

The typical duties and responsibilities of a steamfitter will vary depending on who they work for and the size of the organization they work for. However, when working as a steamfitter, you can expect that your main duties and responsibilities will include installing and maintaining piping systems, operating equipment such as hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, servicing pumps, making repairs and following safety protocol.

To become a steamfitter, you will need a high school diploma or equivalent. After this, most steamfitters normally get a 4-or 5- year apprenticeship, where they will get paid and receive on the job training. Although the educational requirements are not vast, it does take a long time to get fully qualified and therefore get more flexibility and freedom. There is also a chance that a career as a steamfitter can be quite stressful, as you will work under intense pressure when emergencies, such as oil and gas leaks, are involved.

However, a career as a steamfitter is easily accessible to many, due to the little educational requirements. You will also get to carryout practical work, in a supportive environment, which is suitable for those who like hands-on work. Steamfitters are also often offered competitive salaries too.

To be a successful steamfitter, you need to have excellent mathematical skills, as you will need to make accurate measurements. You also need to have problem-solving skills and attention to detail in order to find and repair problems. Successful steamfitters will also need physical stamina as they will be carrying heavy materials and squatting down and communication skills to relay information to customers and other relevant professionals


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