Gas Fitters

(NOC 7253)

in All Trades and Transportation

Gas fitters install, inspect, repair, and maintain gas lines and gas equipment like meters, regulators, and heating units in residential, commercial, and industrial businesses. They work for gas utility companies and gas servicing companies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Gas Fitters most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 80% of Gas Fitters who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $54,908. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$23.00

Minimum

$27.00

Median

$35.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$26,660

Minimum

$53,602

Median

$75,648

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Gas fitters install, inspect, repair, and maintain gas lines and gas equipment like meters, regulators, and heating units in residential, commercial, and industrial businesses. They work for gas utility companies and gas servicing companies.

Job duties

Gas fitters:

  • 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 like burners, valves, and automatic controls.
  • 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 assist in 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 systems.
  • Convert motor vehicles or appliances to use natural gas fuels.
  • May repair and service gas appliances and related equipment.

Sample job titles

  • apprentice gas fitter
  • district gas serviceman/woman
  • gas customer servicer
  • gas fitter
  • gas fitter-installer
  • gas pipefitter
  • gas servicer
  • gas technician
  • industrial gas servicer

Skills

This work requires a methodical approach, a mechanical aptitude, and an ability to plan ahead. You must be agile, coordinated, and capable of working in cramped and awkward conditions. Patience and the ability to follow instructions are important. You should also be able to cooperate and work well with others on large projects.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A two- or three-year gas fitter apprenticeship program or several years of work experience in a pipefitting trade and completion of a high school, college or industry gas fitter program are required.
  • Gas fitter trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is available to qualified gas fitters upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • A provincial gas fitter licence is usually required.

Other considerations

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

175

employed in 2016

94.3%

employed full-time

11.4%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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40.5

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

42.9%

Halifax

20.0%

North Shore

14.3%

Cape Breton

11.4%

Annapolis Valley

11.4%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

34.5%

Retail trade

31.0%

Construction

10.3%

Wholesale trade

10.3%

Professional, scientific and technical services

6.9%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

What is the age of Employment?

29.0%

45-54

26.0%

35-44

23.0%

25-34

11.0%

15-24

11.0%

55-64

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

57.1%

Apprenticeship

$54,159 median annual income
31.4%

College Diploma

$55,429 median annual income
5.7%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Apprenticeship

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to design, install, and test industrial and commercial piping systems and automatic fire and exposure protection systems. They include courses in water systems, steam systems, heating and cooling systems, lubricating systems, piping materials, installation tools operation and maintenance, valve installation and repair, technical mathematics, blueprint interpretation, and applicable codes and standards.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

UA 56 Pipe Trades Career College Inc.

Dartmouth, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Gas Fitter

Compulsory Certification (Mandatory): This job is a regulated designated trade in Nova Scotia. A valid Certification of Qualification, an apprentice ID, or a temporary work permit is required to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Technical Safety Division
PO Box 697
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
(844) 424-3200

Contacts

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Halifax, NS
Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada - Atlantic
Halifax, NS