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. 

Salary Ranges (entry level --> experienced) 

$15.59 - $36.62 (hourly)
$32,430 - $76,170 (annual)