Steamfitters-Pipefitters install and repair low and high pressure piping systems and their components, including heating and processing applications. They also do gas fitting.

What do Steamfitter-Pipefitters do?

  • Read and interpret drawings, blueprints and specifications to determine layout requirements.
  • Cut openings for pipe in walls, floors and ceilings using hand and power tools or machines.
  • Select type and size of pipe required.
  • Measure, cut thread and bend pipe to required shape using hand and power tools.
  • Install supports, valves, piping and control systems.
  • Remove and replace worn components and reactivate systems.
  • Weld, braze, cement, solder and thread joints to join pipes and fabricate sections of piping system.
  • Sub-trade – Petroleum Installer Technician

Steamfitters/pipefitters must have mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, mathematical skills, an ability to read and understand complex instructions and an ability to do careful and exacting work. They have to lift heavy pipes and sometimes work in uncomfortable or cramped positions. They need strength as well as stamina.

With experience, steamfitters/pipefitters may advance to positions such as foreman, subcontractor, contractor, construction superintendent and instructor.

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