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Pipefitters deal with fabrication, installation, maintenance, and repair of piping.

The piping systems involve cooling, water-pumping, atmospheric devices transferring steam, water, chemicals, fuel, etc.

These substances are used in commercial, industrial or marine areas.

Pipefitters use welding as well as multiple other processes such as cutting, bending, threading, etc., in their work.

Pipefitter’s Responsibilities

  • Weld, cut, fabricate, test and install the piping systems.
  • Layout the piping elements for fit and size.
  • Handle the tools for cutting, straightening and reshaping pipes.
  • Examine the piping systems for leaks and strength.
  • Analysis of project plans and understanding of the construction regulations.
  • Understanding of piping systems of water or gas transfer.

Required Education

Pipefitters are supposed to have the following training:

  • High-school diploma or GED.
  • Associate or college degree in welding, metal processing, fabrication, etc.
  • Apprenticeship.

Recommended training includes:

  • Certification in welding, fitting, metal fabrication.
  • AWS Certified welder.
  • Appropriate work experience.

Necessary Skills

  • High motivation and self-sufficiency.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Logic and critical thinking.
  • Mechanically and mathematically apt.
  • Ability to read the blueprints.

Work Conditions

Pipefitters usually work in the field in construction areas.

Work in a workshop is also available.

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