Steam Service Inspector

Install, inspect, and repair underground steam mains.
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Salary Range
$28,000 – $80,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Steam Service Inspectors do?

Installs, inspects, and repairs underground steam mains and auxiliary equipment: Turns valve to shut off steam and to blow steam from pipe section to be worked on, using valve key, wrench, or special bar. Places pipe in previously dug ditch and bolts or welds pipe sections together, using handtools or welding equipment. Cuts threads and fits pipe [PIPE FITTER], and fastens expansion joint over connection by turning couplings with wrench. Installs or replaces auxiliary equipment, such as pressure regulating valves, gaskets, and steam traps, using pipefitting tools. Enters manholes periodically and examines steam lines and equipment for vapor leakage or loose connections and feels street surface above mains for heat indicative of steam leakage. Repacks expansion joints and repairs steam traps and other defective equipment. Operates motorized pump to remove water from flooded manholes. May repair steam meters.

Should I be a Steam Service Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Inspector, Outside Steam-Distribution, Manhole and Underground Steamline Inspector, Sewer Connector

    How to become a Steam Service Inspector

    Steam Service Inspectors generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Steam Service Inspector-related education!
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