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Pipe Fitters & Steamfitters

Also called: Pipe Fitter, Pipefitter, Sprinkler Fitter, Steamfitter

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Cut, thread, or hammer pipes to specifications, using tools such as saws, cutting torches, pipe threaders, or pipe benders.
  • Lay out full scale drawings of pipe systems, supports, or related equipment, according to blueprints.
  • Assemble or secure pipes, tubes, fittings, or related equipment, according to specifications, by welding, brazing, cementing, soldering, or threading joints.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Bentley Systems AutoPIPE
Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • AEC Design Group CADPIPE
  • ViziFlow
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
  • PipingOffice


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Coppersmith
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Pipe Fitter - Sprinkler Fitter
  • Pipefitting
  • Steam Service Inspector

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

Green Green jobs will change the work and skills needed.

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