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.
- 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:
High school diploma or equivalent
Certificate in pipe welding, metals fabrication, welding and fitting, etc.
Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, pipe welding and fitting, etc.
Related work experience
AWS Certified Welder
- 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
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.