Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters

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Pipefitter, Plumber, Sprinkler Fitter, Steamfitter

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Infrastructure Systems Superintendent; Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance; Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Apprentice; Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Craftsman; Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Craftsman, Fuel Systems Maintenance; Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Helper; Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Journeyman; Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Journeyman, Fuel Systems Maintenance
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Combat Engineer; Combat Engineer Officer; Utilities Chief; Utilities Officer; Water Support Technician
Advanced Utilitiesman; Auxiliary Equipment Technician; Conversion NEC HT Hull Maintenance Technician Basic; Damage Controlman; Facilities Engineering Officer; Fire Controlman; Hull Systems Maintainer; Machinist's Mate; Maintenance Technician; Officer in Charge, Naval Construction Battalion Unit
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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.


Engineering and Technology

  • building and construction
  • mechanical

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics


  • customer service
  • management

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


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


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


  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed


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


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

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