Pipefitters & Plumbers

Education Required
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Median Wage
Many tradesmen choose to specialize in either pipefitting or plumbing.
About The Job

Pipe systems are used to transport water, steam, gas, waste, and other materials, and pipefitters and plumbers are responsible for keeping these systems maintained according to specifications and codes.

What You'll Do
  • Clean and renew steam traps.
  • Clean shop, work area, and machines, using solvent and rags.
  • Disassemble and remove damaged or worn pipe.
  • Excavate and grade ditches, and lay and join pipe for water and sewer service.
  • Fill pipes with sand or resin to prevent distortion, and hold pipes during bending and installation.
  • Fit or assist in fitting valves, couplings, or assemblies to tanks, pumps, or systems, using hand tools.
  • Immerse pipe in chemical solution to remove dirt, oil, and scale.
  • Install gas burners to convert furnaces from wood, coal, or oil.
  • Mount brackets and hangers on walls and ceilings to hold pipes, and set sleeves or inserts to provide support for pipes.
  • Requisition tools and equipment, select type and size of pipe, and collect and transport materials and equipment to work site.