Pipe Fitters

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Lay out, assemble, install, or maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, or industrial production or processing systems.

Common job titles of Pipe Fitters include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 43.74% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 36.76% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Measure and mark pipes for cutting or threading.

    Cut, thread, or hammer pipes to specifications, using tools such as saws, cutting torches, pipe threaders, or pipe benders.

    Cut or bore holes in structures, such as bulkheads, decks, walls, or mains, prior to pipe installation, using hand or power tools.

    Assemble or secure pipes, tubes, fittings, or related equipment, according to specifications, by welding, brazing, cementing, soldering, or threading joints.

    Select pipe sizes, types, or related materials, such as supports, hangers, or hydraulic cylinders, according to specifications.

    Plan pipe system layout, installation, or repair, according to specifications.

    Attach pipes to walls, structures, or fixtures, such as radiators or tanks, using brackets, clamps, tools, or welding equipment.

    Modify, clean, or maintain pipe systems, units, fittings, or related machines or equipment, using hand or power tools.

    Shut off steam, water, or other gases or liquids from pipe sections, using valve keys or wrenches.

    Lay out full scale drawings of pipe systems, supports, or related equipment, according to blueprints.

    Inspect work sites for obstructions or holes that could cause structural weakness.

    Install automatic controls to regulate pipe systems.

    Install pipe systems to support alternative energy-fueled systems, such as geothermal heating or cooling systems.

    Remove and replace worn components.

    Inspect, examine, or test installed systems or pipe lines, using pressure gauge, hydrostatic testing, observation, or other methods.

    Install fixtures, appliances, or equipment designed to reduce water or energy consumption.

    Operate motorized pumps to remove water from flooded manholes, basements, or facility floors.

    Install or test gray water systems, such as recycling, treatment, or irrigation systems.

    Dip nonferrous piping materials in a mixture of molten tin and lead to obtain a coating that prevents erosion or galvanic or electrolytic action.

    Prepare cost estimates for clients.


Wire tracers


Welding hoods

Welding clamps

Water stoppers

Water samplers

Water pumps

All Tools

Vertical bandsaws

Utility knives

Two-hole pins

Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment


Truck cranes


Transit levels

Torch cutter guides


Stationary grinders


Split bubble levels

Soldering equipment

Slip joint pliers

Skip loaders

Single-cut mill saw files

Shielded arc welding tools



Safety harnesses

Roll groovers

Reciprocating saws



Radius markers

Quality control QC welders’ gauges


Pry bars

Propane torches

Pressure gauges

Power hammers

Power hacksaws

Power drills

Portable welding machines

Portable grinders

Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters

Pocket levels

Pneumatic wire brushes

Pneumatic pipe bevelers

Plumb bobs

Plasma cutting guides

Pit depth gauges

Pipeline jacks

Pipe wrenches

Pipe vises

Pipe threading machines

Pipe threaders

Pipe lasers

Pipe flaring tools

Pipe flange aligners

Pipe fabrication shears

Pipe cutters

Pipe bending tools

Pipe bending mandrels

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Pedestal grinders

Pavement stompers

Oxyacetylene welding equipment


Offset grinders

Nylon strap wrenches

Null locators

Notebook computers

Mud pumps

Monkey wrench sets

Metal inert gas MIG welders

Metal hand saws

Metal cutting taps

Metal cutting dies

Measuring tapes

Material-hoisting slings

Manual pipe benders


Magnetic circle layout tools

Locking pliers



Leak-testing gauges

Laser printers

Laser levels


Jam-proof ratchet threaders


Impact wrenches

Impact screwdrivers

Hydrostatic testers

Hydraulic valve turners

Hydraulic cranes

Hole saws

Hole cutting tools

Heat guns

Hand tachometers

Hand hacksaws



Framing squares


Flow gauges

Flat head screwdrivers


Dumpy levels

Drophead dies

Drill presses

Direct current DC arc welder

Desktop computers

Deburring tools

Cutting torches

Crescent wrenches

Combination squares

Cold chisels

Circular saws

Chain wrenches

Chain falls

Centering head tools


Box end wrenches

Bolt cutters

Block and tackle equipment

Basin wrenches

Ball peen hammers


Automatic levels


Angle air grinders

Amp meters

Alternating current AC welding equipment

Allen wrenches

Air-acetylene torches

Air wire brushes

Air operated grinders

Air compressors

Adjustable wrenches


AEC Design Group CADPIPE

Computer aided design CAD software

Microsoft Active Server Pages ASP


Bentley Systems AutoPIPE


Email software

All Technologies

Internet browser software

Pipepro Pipefitting

Piping construction costs estimation software


Watter Hammer Software Hytran


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


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