Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
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.
Water pumpsAll Tools
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
Torch cutter guides
Split bubble levels
Slip joint pliers
Single-cut mill saw files
Shielded arc welding tools
Quality control QC welders’ gauges
Portable welding machines
Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters
Pneumatic wire brushes
Pneumatic pipe bevelers
Plasma cutting guides
Pit depth gauges
Pipe threading machines
Pipe flaring tools
Pipe flange aligners
Pipe fabrication shears
Pipe bending tools
Pipe bending mandrels
Phillips head screwdrivers
Oxyacetylene welding equipment
Nylon strap wrenches
Monkey wrench sets
Metal inert gas MIG welders
Metal hand saws
Metal cutting taps
Metal cutting dies
Manual pipe benders
Magnetic circle layout tools
Jam-proof ratchet threaders
Hydraulic valve turners
Hole cutting tools
Flat head screwdrivers
Direct current DC arc welder
Centering head tools
Box end wrenches
Block and tackle equipment
Ball peen hammers
Angle air grinders
Alternating current AC welding equipment
Air wire brushes
Air operated grinders
AEC Design Group CADPIPE
Computer aided design CAD software
Microsoft Active Server Pages ASP
Bentley Systems AutoPIPE
COADE CAESAR II
Email softwareAll Technologies
Internet browser software
Piping construction costs estimation software
Watter Hammer Software Hytran
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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.
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.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.