In this article you'll learn about what a pipefitter does, the skills and educational requirements needed to become a pipefitter, and the tools that pipefitters use.
What Does a Pipefitter Do?
Pipefitters are responsible for building pipe systems in commercial, and sometimes residential, buildings. Pipefitters are tasked with attaching and connecting pipes to walls, across ceilings, tanks, and heating and cooling systems.
Pipefitter Job Description
In addition to the duties outlined above, a pipefitter’s duties include:
- Determine the correct sizes and types of pipes required for installation
- Assemble and install piping systems according to safety codes
- Mount and hang pipes by hand and with necessary pipe-bending equipment
- Outline piping systems for each unique building system
- Properly secure and proper piping systems
- Weld piping support to structural systems
- Repair and maintain piping components if/when issues arise
- Perform regular maintenance and inspect for any potential problems or safety issues
- Load and unload piping materials and tools required to complete necessary tasks
Pipefitter Skills and Qualifications:
Here's a list of the educational requirements and the skills required to be a pipefitter.
- High school diploma or GED equivalent is preferred
- Trade school certification or apprenticeship is preferred
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to read and interpret blueprints and building plans
- Strong communication skills
- An ability to track and document daily progress and activities
- Knowledge of safety codes and regulations and an ability to follow them
- Experience with both HVAC, welding, and mechanical building systems
What Tools Does a Pipefitter Use:
A pipefitter uses a variety of hand and power tools to complete their daily tasks. These tools include:
- Cutting torch
How Do I Become a Pipefitter?
Becoming a pipefitter requires a basic understanding of a number of trade skills, but a solid expertise in both welding and HVAC piping systems is required.
While requirements for pipefitter certification do vary by state, the information above provides a solid foundation of the most common requirements and daily responsibilities of a pipefitter.
To learn more about becoming a pipefitter, or to find basic welding training information in your area, find a school near you and take the first step towards a welding career or apprenticeship today!