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Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters

Also called: Pipefitter, Plumber, Sprinkler Fitter, Steamfitter

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What they do:
Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinkler fitters.
On the job, you would:
  • Shut off steam, water, or other gases or liquids from pipe sections, using valve keys or wrenches.
  • Install underground storm, sanitary, or water piping systems, extending piping as needed to connect fixtures and plumbing.
  • Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding equipment.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Physical Strength
  • use your lower back and stomach
  • exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired
Spatial
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed

Personality

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
  • Independence
  • Leadership
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Accounting software
  • Bookkeeping software
  • Intuit QuickBooks Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • Bentley Systems AutoPIPE
  • Watter Hammer Software Hytran
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Drawing and drafting software
  • ViziFlow

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$59,880
$36,700
$99,920
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