Pipefitter

Name: 
Dante
Job Type/Skill: 
Pipefitter

Pipefitters work on construction sites and other industrial work spaces to install, repair and maintain pipes that carry liquids and gases, chemicals or acids throughout the facility. This might be in power plants or the HVAC systems in big office buildings. They must be able to understand blueprints and install pipes correctly, understand the sometimes dangerous nature of the chemicals that the pipes they create are transporting, repair and test any damaged or malfunctioning pipes and perform pressure tests from time to time. Because they work with hazardous materials, pipefitters must know what types of pipe to use with different chemicals, acids or liquids. They often work in confined and hot spaces for long periods of time.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the median annual wage for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters was $51,450 in May 2016.

Pipefitters start through apprenticeships with established pipefitters. This can last 4-5 years and incorporates on the job training and in class education. Apprentices must be 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED, pass a math test and a drug test, and know how to use computers.

Pipefitters often work with other pipefitters and apprentices to get a job done. Directing workers on the job is needed; use a variety of tools and must be able to read blueprints; must be able to carry heavy pipe and use heavy tools, and need to be able to see a problem, diagnose the source and fix the issue. Jobs will grow quickly for plumbers, pipefitters and others in the profession. The BLS estimates that jobs in this field will grow 26% between 2010 and 2020, much faster than average.

 

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