A Steamfitter’s entry level salary ranges from P8,000 - P10,000 per month and may even go up to P15,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. In the Middle East, where a large number of
OFWs are employed, the monthly salary for a steamfitter ranges from US$700 to $800.
Basic Educational Requirement
Steamfitters get their education and training in various ways - in apprenticeship programs, informally on the job, and in tech/voc training institutions. In general, the more skills needed for the job, the more education and training are needed to qualify. Many entrants to this type of occupation must have basic knowledge of plumbing. However, most employers prefer to hire high school graduates and those who have undergone apprenticeship program and training under the supervision of TESDA and its accredited training schools.
Cost of Training *
The training cost for a steamfitter approximately ranges from P5,000 - P7,000 in private technical schools and about P2,000 to P4,500 in public institutions.
Demand for steamfitters will be driven by maintenance activities for places having extensive systems of pipes, such as power plants, water and waste water treatment plants, office buildings, and factories. Steamfitters may be employed in the following industries: Mining and Quarrying; Manufacturing; Electricity, Gas and Water Supply; Construction; Hotel and Restaurant; Transport, Storage and Communication; and Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities.
Prospects for Career Advancement
Career advancement is dependent on pursuing additional training. Some Steamfitters become supervisors for mechanical and plumbing contractors, others go into business themselves and eventually become owners of businesses employing many workers and may spend most of their time as managers rather than as steamfitters. Others move into closely related areas such as construction management and building inspection.
Nature of Work
A steamfitter lays out, assembles, fabricates, maintains and repairs piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals or fuels used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes.
- Studies blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the type of pipe and tools to use, and lay out the sequence of tasks;
- Makes detailed sketches for pipe and equipment fabrication and installation;
- Measures, cuts, threads, grooves, bends, assembles and installs metal, plastic and fiber glass pipes, valves and fittings;
- Joins pipe sections, related equipment and secure in position;
- Uses testing equipment to check systems for leaks; and
- Removes and replaces worn components, does general maintenance work and may work on plant shut-downs.
Skills and Competencies
- Must be able to read and interpret blueprints and specifications;
- With good mechanical aptitude;
- Must be able to use various hand or power tools used for measuring , cutting, threading, grooving, bending, soldering, brazing, welding, assembling, joining and installing pipes, valves and fittings;
- Close attention to details;
- Ability to read and understand complex instructions; and
- Ability to do careful and exacting work.
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
- Physically fit; and
- Manual dexterity
* Based on 2011 rates.