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Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters

Also called: Drain Technician, Pipe Fitter, Plumber, Steamfitter

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Assistant Public Works Officer; Auxiliary Equipment Technician; Conversion NEC HT Hull Maintenance Technician Basic; Damage Controlman; Facilities Engineering Officer; Fire Controlman (AEGIS); Hull Systems Maintainer; Machinist's Mate; NAMTS Pipefitter; Public Works Officer; Utilitiesman

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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:
  • 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.
  • Inspect, examine, or test installed systems or pipe lines, using pressure gauge, hydrostatic testing, observation, or other methods.


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
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
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
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down


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
  • Initiative
  • Leadership


You might use software like this on the job:

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


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