Steamfitters/pipefitters build, assemble, maintain and repair piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems. Because of this, much of their work is industrial. They work indoors or outdoors, and the job can be physically demanding.
Install supports, valves, piping and control systems
Measure, cut, thread, bend and install metal, plastic and fiberglass pipes, valves and fittings
Weld, cement, solder and join pipes and related equipment
Read blueprints, drawings and specifications
Make detailed sketches for pipe and equipment fabrication and installation, as required
Check systems for leaks and remove and replace worn components
May prepare cost estimates for clients
What You’ll Need
Usually a combination of 5+ years of construction experience, plus high school, college or industry courses in plumbing to be eligible for certification.
4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.
Key Skills & Attributes
(technical training and on the job)
Strong communication skills, reading and numeracy
Analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to read and interpret blueprints
Strength, stamina and ability to lift heavy materials
Steamfitters/pipefitters work on systems that operate under extremely high pressure and temperatures. It is critical that they have a thorough knowledge of scientific principles to complete their work safely.
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