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Career Overview 

Lay out, assemble, install, and maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, and industrial production and processing systems. 

Skills and Abilities 

Pipefitters need strong problem-solving skills and manual dexterity. They need physical stamina. Primary skills include: Lay out piping systems; cut, bend, or thread pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, or water lines; assemble and install pipe sections, fittings, or plumbing fixtures; braze, solder and weld metal parts or components together; pressure test piping system or equipment for leaks; repair or replace gas, steam, sewer, or water piping or fixtures; read technical drawings and blueprints; use arc welding and brazing/soldering equipment; use combination welding procedures; follow safety procedures. 


  • $53,530 (annually)
  • $25.65 (hourly)

Salary Ranges (entry level > experienced) 

  • $36,131 - $76,740 (annually)
  • $17.37 - $36.90 (hourly)

*SOURCE: Occupational Employment Statistics Program, US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for Colorado, from May 2018. https://www.bls.gov/oes/

 * Entry Level wage rates based on the average of the lower 1/3 of the wage distribution. Experienced wage rates based on the average of the top 10% of the wage distribution.


VIDEO SOURCE: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration on careeronestop.org


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