Jobs in Welding


Pipefitters are sometimes more specifically known as steamfitters or gasfitters.

They fabricate, install, maintain, assemble, and repair piping systems. These systems include cooling, hydraulic, pneumatic, and high-pressure assemblies that transport water, steam, chemicals, or fuel for commercial, industrial, or marine use.

In addition to welding, pipefitters often utilize a wide range of other processes throughout the course of their work, including cutting, threading, brazing, soldering, bending, and grooving.

Entry Level Salary
National Median Pay
Real Go-Getters Make



  • Welding, cutting, fabricating, installing, testing, and maintaining piping systems
  • Layout, bend, or alter piping components for size and fit
  • Use hand tools, and power tools for cutting, dismantling, straightening, or reshaping pipe
  • Inspect piping systems to test for strength or leaks
  • Analyze design plans and understand building codes
  • Understand piping system operations of water, gas, and/or sewer lines

Education and training that can lead
to a successful career may include:


Minimum Education

High school diploma or equivalent


Recommended Education

Certificate in pipe welding, metals fabrication, welding and fitting, etc.


Advanced Education

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, pipe welding and fitting, etc.


Recommended Training

Related work experience


Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program


Recommended Certification

AWS Certified Welder

Essential Skills

  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Flexible and able to work in a team environment
  • Logical and critical thinker
  • Mechanically inclined and mathematical aptitude
  • Proficient in print reading and layout

Work Environment

Many pipefitters work in the field on active construction sites. Opportunities are also available in shop environments.

The heat map below showcases the total number of job postings for Pipefitters in the last twelve months by state. As shown, the darker the color of the state, the higher the concentration of job postings. The heat map is intended to provide insight into areas where Pipefitter careers are currently in demand.

Top Industries

  • Natural Resources
    Oil Refineries, Water Treatment Facilities, Mineral Processing Equipment.
  • Industrial
    Chemical Processing, Food & Beverage Processing, Power Generation.
  • Infrastructure
    Water & Natural Gas Utilities, Building & Mechanical Components.