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Become A Pipe Fitter

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Working As A Pipe 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

  • $46,280

    Average Salary

What Does A Pipe Fitter Do At Exterran

* May layout and mark weld points on parts or subassemblies using rule, square, scribe or templates
* Positions pieces to be welded into jigs, holding fixtures, guides and steps using measuring instruments and hand tools
* Reads blueprints and performs own fit-up
* Works with different types and sizes of structural materials
* Operates cutting equipment
* Safely operates iron worker, overhead cranes, rigging, pipe threading machine, welding machine, tube bending machine, and various pneumatic hand tools
* Assembly of components with some fabrication of equipment needed for the job with minimal supervision
* Promotes and supports safety, production and positive attitude
* Ability to fit weld pipe or butt weld pipe
* Primarily fabricates and assembles screwed piping, tubing, and associated brackets to all drawings provided
* Primarily installs and checks panels and end devices used.
* Weld out braces that hold conduits and tubing
* Primarily fabricates and/or assembles guards, platforms, and any other structure required
* Safely operates cutting torch and various power and hand tools

What Does A Pipe Fitter Do At J-W Energy Company

* may include any or all of the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Selects type and size of pipe, fittings, heads, weld caps, and related materials and equipment, according to specifications.
* Calculate cut lengths, stand-offs, and orientation for proper fit-up of attachments and fittings.
* Follow welding procedures and drawings insure materials are fit and welded per ASME code and customer specifications.
* Fit internal components into vessels and welds according to process limitations.
* Assembles and installs variety of metal pipes, tubes, and fittings, including iron, steel, and stainless steel
* Connects pipe, heads, weld caps, and fittings using SMAW, FCAW, GMAW, or TIG processes.
* Cut pipe and fittings using propylene or plasma torch.
* Prepare materials to insure good quality weld can be deposited capable of withstanding high pressure at elevated temperatures.
* Supervisory Responsibilities:
* This position has no supervisory responsibilities

What Does A Pipe Fitter Do At The MCC Group, LLC

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* Test and perform quality control on all mechanical systems.
* Lay out pipe systems, hanger, and equipment from drawings and job specifications.
* Install all mechanical piping systems and connect piping to equipment

What Does A Pipe Fitter Do At Peopleready

* Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:Cut, thread, or hammer pipes using various power and hand tools
* Measure and mark pipes for cutting or threading
* Cut or bore holes in structures
* Inspect, examine, or test installed systems or pipe lines

What Does A Pipe Fitter Do At Energy Fabricators, Inc.

* Be safety oriented, engaged in JSA Programs of job safety anaylis.
* Pipe fitting and constructural componantFull time and part time

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How To Become A Pipe 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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Pipe Fitter Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • Dakota

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Hawaiian

  • French

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Real Pipe Fitter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pipe Fitter American Pipe & Tank Islandia, NY Jan 08, 2015 $69,909
Pipe Fitters M. Esposito Heating Contractors, Inc. New York, NY Mar 16, 2009 $62,255
Pipe Fitter Custom Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Northvale, NJ Jun 20, 2011 $59,396
Pipe Fitter Custom Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Northvale, NJ Nov 09, 2011 $59,396
Pipe Fitter Nexmat, LLC TX Apr 10, 2014 $56,412
Pipe Fitter ATX Environmental Solutions, LLC TX Jun 01, 2014 $56,412
Pipe Fitter ATX Environmental Solutions, LLC TX Apr 10, 2014 $56,412
Pipe Fitter Nexmat, LLC TX Jun 01, 2014 $56,412
Pipe Fitter GNC America Inc. NY Aug 01, 2011 $56,140
Pipe Fitter GNC America Inc. TX Dec 20, 2012 $54,784
Pipe Fitter Nexmat, LLC TX Dec 20, 2012 $54,784
Pipe Fitter Hanyangeng USA Inc. TX Dec 20, 2012 $54,784
Pipe Fitters Avon Plumbing & Heating, Inc. NY Dec 17, 2010 $52,770
Pipe Fitter Space Plus, Inc. TX Mar 15, 2012 $49,149
Pipe Fitter Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. Huntington Beach, CA Jun 21, 2011 $48,797
Pipe Fitter North American Shipbuilding, LLC LA Oct 01, 2013 $48,627
Pipe Fitter Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC LA Jul 01, 2014 $48,627
Pipe Fitter Kiewit Offshore Services, Ltd. Ingleside, TX Oct 01, 2016 $47,730
Pipe Fitter Nexmat, LLC TX Dec 01, 2013 $46,519
Pipe Fitters Orbit Plumbing & Heating New York, NY Mar 31, 2010 $46,519
Pipe Fitters P.J.'s Softball Park, LLC Spring, TX May 11, 2011 $43,368
Pipe Fitter F. Gavina & Sons, Inc. Vernon, CA Aug 03, 2010 $43,222
Pipe Fitter F. Gavina & Sons, Inc. Vernon, CA Sep 16, 2008 $43,222
Pipe Fitter Plant Process Equipment, Inc. TX Feb 06, 2015 $43,201
Pipe Fitter Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC LA Sep 06, 2013 $42,825
Pipe Fitter P.J.F. Fabrication, Inc. Dayton, TX Aug 02, 2010 $40,435
Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters J.W. Huff Construction Co., Inc. Alexander, AR Feb 07, 2011 $39,728
Pipe Fitters Foothills Fire Protection, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Sep 08, 2010 $39,653 -
Pipe Fitter Aquarius Plumbing, Inc. Prospect Heights, IL Apr 07, 2009 $36,171

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Top Skills for A Pipe Fitter


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Top Pipe Fitter Skills

  1. Safety Meetings
  2. Pipe System Layout
  3. Pipe Supports
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Attended monthly safety meetings to ensure machine operation safety.
  • Planed pipe system layout, installation, or repaired, according to specifications.
  • Can fabricate pipe supports and new pipe spools.
  • Installed all PVC drains, water pipe and gas lines and setting of all fixtures.
  • Operate snake machines, sewer cameras, pipe threaders, and other plumbing equipment and hand tools

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