MaintenancePipefitter

Pipefitters layout, assemble, install, and repair pipelines and pipe systems.

Pipefitter

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Did you love to play with legos and build things as a kid? Was it fun to see how you could fit different parts together to create something bigger? If you answered, 'yes', a career as a Pipefitter could be a great fit for you.

This is a great way to enter the industry.  Pipefitters typically layout, assemble, install, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air or other liquids or gases for industrial production and process systems. As a Pipefitter, you'll apply your pipe system knowledge and blueprint reading capability to select pipe size and type. You'll also select other related equipment and materials such as pipe supports, hangars, and support systems according to required specifications. You will study building plans and working drawings to better understand how the whole system fits together.

Pipefitters plan the sequence of installation to avoid obstructions and then build and join piping by a variety of different joints, depending on the material of the pipe and need for the job. You will bend pipe by hand or with pipe bending tools or machinery. Testing pipe systems for leaks by increasing pressure in pipes and observing gauges is another important aspect of this career.

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Critical Skills

  • Calculate Dimension/Tolerance
  • Check, Examine and Record
  • Conform to Specifications
  • Create Solutions to Complex Problems
  • Equipment Selection
  • Install and Dismantle Equipment
  • Mechanical Tools, Equipment, and Systems
  • Read Technical Drawings and Blueprints
  • Troubleshooting

Key Responsibilities

  • Install pipes and fixtures
  • Measure and then cut and bend lengths of pipe as needed
  • Connect pipes using various methods such as soldering, screwing together, welding, etc
  • Study blueprints and follow state and local building codes
  • Determine the amount of material and type of equipment needed
  • Inspect and test installed pipe systems and pipelines
  • Troubleshoot systems that are not working
  • Replace worn parts

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Salary: $20-30/hour


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Having Independence

Managing People

Teaching

Improving Processes

Learning & Growing

Working with Data

Physical Activity

Writing Reports and Documentation

Caring for the Environment

Managing Things

Quiet Work Place

Avoiding Risk

Avoiding Stress

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Required Education

Certificate of Completion in pipefitting technology or pipefitter helper

Preferred Education

Associate's degree in pipefitting technology


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