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Working As An Instrument Fitter

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $40,795

    Average Salary

What Does An Instrument Fitter Do At CB&I

* The journey instrument fitter cuts and installs pipe, tubing or conduit, using hacksaw, pipe cutter or tube cutter for the installation of air or process lines for instrument controls.
* Installs instruments and.
* Installs instrument stands, and control wiring to valves and strokes valves to verify operation.
* Installs and calibrates switches, recorders, alarms and other devices.
* Installs and activates DCS systems.
* Installs process control loops and calibrates to design criterion set for each process unit.
* Has a thorough knowledge of pneumatics, electronics and electricity

What Does An Instrument Fitter Do At McDermott

* Development work plans.
* Determination of the applicable procedures.
* Development of personnel requisitions, supplies, equipment, tools.
* Training staff in the procedures.
* Perform constructability reviews and coordination of required engineering priorities.
* Technical information requirements and coordination with dept. tries on the status of purchase and arrival of materials, equipment and tools to ensure project them in time for project implementation.
* Management and execution of work packages for field work assignment according a program.
* Implementation commitment to security plans in work development for security of personnel and facilities.
* Yard supervision of implementation and development of electrical and instrumentation work processes.
* Continuous monitoring of training and implementation procedures to fill their control reports, completion with quality work and physical and documentary charge the costumer for delivery.
* Delivery of work progress by physical examination in the field in accordance with established programs and their comparison, participating in the implementation of corrective actions.
* Weekly attendance and participation in safety meeting.
* Review and delivery of partial project completion estimating for delivery and collection review of progress and productivity through personal interviews with the some project manager to see the project needs.
* Outstanding care and care in interdisciplinary coordination meetings as program review to four weeks ahead to plan the work, raised strategies and solutions found deviations from the plan.
* Attend and take actions for defined actions and routes to safety incidents in the area

What Does An Instrument Fitter Do At Overland Contracting, Inc.

* Use appropriate hand (i.e. wrench, screwdriver) and power tools (i.e. power drill, pipe cutters, threaders, tubing benders and welding instruments) to properly measure, cut, assemble and install instrumentation, air distribution systems, process tubing and support systems and install all other items in accordance with the applicable plans and specifications.
* Install and connect power supply for instrumentation; test all installed work and make necessary repairs or adjustments as necessary; install and connect power supply for instrumentation; test all installed work and make necessary repairs, if any.
* Perform hydrostatic and pneumatic testing of pipe systems.
* Install multi-tubing and junction boxes.
* Layout, fabricate and install hard drawn copper tubing, fittings and steam tracing.
* Perform layout and mounting of panel instruments and devices.
* Layout, fabricate and install instrumentation systems.
* Perform pipe assembly for socket weld pipe tubing fittings and for butt-weld pipe and fittings.
* Perform tube identification and testing (continuity).
* Use and care of hand and power tools.
* Installation of hand valves
* Participate in all safety related processes and programs as requested.
* Engage with your work team to ensure we achieve zero injuries.
* Understand that no job is so important that your safety and that of your crew will be compromised.
* Watch for hazards and report any concerns to your supervisor or safety professional.
* If needed, use your stop work authority until the issue is resolved.
* Report all accidents and near misses to supervisor; participate in investigation process as needed.
* Participate in all pre-job work planning and safety discussions.
* Identify safety hazards you or other employees may be subject to and take all necessary corrective action to eliminate and/or mitigate hazards.
* Understand and respond appropriately to all safety hazards and warning devices (i.e. back-up alarms, smell of smoke, different colored warning tags, warning sirens).
* Understand, support, and follow lockout tag out procedures.
* Attend site specific training and assure you follow all procedures as out lined in training.
* Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean work environment.
* Use effective verbal and written communication skills.
* Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers and fractions rapidly and accurately.
* Listen to co-workers suggestions, safety concerns, and recommendations giving full attention to what they are saying and take the time to understand the points being made, asking questions and providing feedback when appropriate.
* Coordinate work with other crafts and co-workers on the job.
* Provide on-the-job training and/or mentoring to helpers and laborers you are working with.
* Produce quality work, meeting requirements of plans, specifications and industry standards.
* Read and understand plans and specifications, including P & ID's, instrument indexes, instrument and support standards.
* Visualize two-dimensional drawings in three dimensions.
* With regard to that portion of the work assigned, develop complete understanding of contract plans and specifications and plan, lay-out, diagram, and install instrument tubing and instruments

What Does An Instrument Fitter Do At Exterran

* Run pneumatic tubing
* Complete the layout of tubing on skids
* Run tubing to the end devices
* Bend tubing ¼
* inch thick
* Read General Adjustment and P&ID drawings
* Fabricate bracket braces and instrument racks as needed
* Reading blueprints
* Familiar with different types of tubing
* Knowledge of end devices
* Understanding of system flow
* Performs required testing of tubing
* Bending stainless steel

What Does An Instrument Fitter Do At Texas Employer

* Follow hydraulic schematics and general arrangement drawings to build hydraulic power units, UTA s, and other oilfield applications.
* Must be able to work with Autoclave and Swagelok style tubing and fittings.
* Must be able to work in a high-paced shop environment

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How To Become An Instrument Fitter

Although most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn on the job through an apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states and localities require plumbers to be licensed.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Technical schools offer courses on pipe system design, safety, and tool use. They also offer welding courses that are considered necessary by some pipefitter and steamfitter apprenticeship training programs.


Most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn their trade through a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship. Each year, apprentices must have at least 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related technical education.

In the classroom, apprentices learn safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and blueprint reading. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry.

Apprenticeship programs are offered by unions and businesses. Although most workers enter apprenticeships directly, some start out as helpers. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. To enter an apprenticeship program, a trainee must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass a basic math test
  • Pass substance abuse screening
  • Know how to use computers

Some plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn on the job through specific task-oriented training. Employers provide training that enables workers to complete a variety of tasks. The Home Builders Institute offers a pre-apprenticeship training program for eight construction trades, including plumbing.

After completing an apprenticeship program, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are considered to be journey workers, qualifying them to perform duties on their own.

With additional technical education and several years of plumbing experience, plumbers are eligible to earn master status. Some states require a business to employ a master plumber in order to obtain a plumbing contractor’s license.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states and localities require plumbers to be licensed. Although licensing requirements vary, most states and localities require workers to have 2 to 5 years of experience and to pass an exam that shows their knowledge of the trade and of local plumbing codes before they are permitted to work independently.

A few states require pipefitters to be licensed. Several states require a special license to work on gas lines. Obtaining a license requires taking a test, gaining experience through work, or both. For more information, check with your state’s licensing board.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Plumbers who own their own business must be able to direct workers, bid on jobs, and plan work schedules.

Customer-service skills. Plumbers work with customers on a regular basis, so they should be polite and courteous.

Mechanical skills. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters use a variety of tools to assemble and repair pipe systems. Choosing the right tool and successfully installing, repairing, or maintaining a system is crucial to their work.

Physical strength. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters must be strong enough to lift and move heavy pipe.

Troubleshooting skills. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters find, diagnose, and repair problems. For example, pipefitters must be able to perform pressure tests to pinpoint the location of a leak.

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Instrument Fitter Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chickasaw

  • Carrier


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Top Skills for An Instrument Fitter

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Top Instrument Fitter Skills

  1. Install Tray
  2. RUN Air Pipe
  3. Read P
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cut and install tray, brackets and other methods to support tubing.
  • Run air pipe, fabricate supports, mount instruments
  • Read Piping and instrument Diagrams.
  • Route and install Conduit runs, pull and terminate wire per drawings for electrical equipment.
  • Complied with guidelines within Job Safety Analysis documentation and work permit.

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