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Become A Piping Designer

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Working As A Piping Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $85,513

    Average Salary

What Does A Piping Designer Do

A Piping Designer supervises and designs the construction of marine crafts and floating structures. They utilize computerized drafting systems, such as computer-aided drafting (CAD).

How To Become A Piping Designer

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.


Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.


A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Real Piping Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
3D Piping Designer Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 09, 2015 $169,320
Principal PDS Piping Designer Entegee, Inc. Detroit, MI Sep 22, 2009 $139,829
Principal Piping Designer II CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Nov 16, 2015 $135,491 -
Piping Designer V Associated Staffing, Inc. Cincinnati, OH Nov 01, 2011 $130,000
Principal Piping Designer I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Jun 20, 2014 $127,691 -
Piping Designer G.A.S. Unlimited, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2014 $124,800
Principal Piping Designer III CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Apr 20, 2015 $124,030 -
Principal Pdms Piping Designer G.A.S. Unlimited, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Aug 28, 2015 $124,030
Piping Designer 5 Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2015 $124,030 -
Principal Piping Designer I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2015 $124,030
Principal Piping Designer Fluor Enterprises, Inc. CA Dec 03, 2011 $120,141 -
Principal Piping Designer-Underground KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 03, 2013 $120,120
Piping Designer Versa Engineering and Technology Inc. Concord, CA Oct 27, 2012 $118,200
Piping Designer Foster Wheeler USA Corporation Houston, TX Dec 23, 2013 $114,400
Principal Piping Designer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Arcadia, CA Sep 15, 2012 $112,653
Principal Piping Designer Technip USA, Inc. Claremont, CA Aug 03, 2013 $112,211
Principal Piping Designer McDermott, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 16, 2013 $108,160
Piping Designer E-Technology, LLC Sugar Land, TX Oct 01, 2009 $105,000
Principal Piping Designer I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Mar 26, 2012 $104,922 -
Principal Piping Designer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Arcadia, CA Sep 15, 2012 $103,376
Piping Designer KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 27, 2011 $81,026
Piping Designer II SBM Atlantia, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 09, 2013 $80,517 -
Piping Designer II SBM Atlantia, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 12, 2013 $80,517 -
Piping Designer International Plant Services, LLC Monrovia, CA Jul 01, 2012 $79,500 -
Piping Designer International Plant Services, LLC Houston, TX Jul 01, 2012 $79,500 -
Piping Designer International Plant Services, LLC La Porte, TX Jul 01, 2012 $79,500 -
Piping Designer Priserve Consulting Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 22, 2014 $79,498

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Top Skills for A Piping Designer


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Top Piping Designer Skills

  1. Equipment Layout
  2. Autocad
  3. ISO
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Pipe Rack piping routing, equipment layout and design of boiler feed water treatment plant expansion piping for oil refinery.
  • Generate accurate Cadworx 2012, Autocad 2012 3d real world models using exact coordinates for Refinery processes per client needs.
  • Detailed creation of Isogen shop drawings for manufacturing and installation.
  • Contract Field Designer performing field services for ConocoPhillips refinery.
  • Ship check and field sketch addressed issues, convert sketches in Auto Cad.

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