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What to Expect as a Pipefitter

As a trained and skilled pipefitter coming fresh out of an apprenticeship, you may not be sure what to expect the first day in “the real world.” Though you have had your hands-on training and the right education to give you the knowledge and confidence you need to perform on the job, knowing your primary responsibilities beforehand will probably help calm your first-day jitters.

In general, a pipefitter is a tradesperson who installs, assembles, fabricates, maintains and repairs mechanical piping systems. More specifically, the primary responsibilities for a pipefitter are:

  • attaching pipes to walls, structures and fixtures, such as radiators or tanks, using brackets, clamps, tools or welding equipment;
  • measuring and marking pipes for cutting, threading and welding;
  • planning piping system layouts, installations or repairs according to specifications;
  • modifying, cleaning, and maintaining pipe systems, units, fittings, and related machines and equipment, following specifications using hand and power tools;
  • removing and replacing worn components;
  • inspecting, examining, and testing installed systems and pipe lines, using pressure gauge, hydrostatic testing, observation or other methods;
  • dipping nonferrous piping materials in molten tin and lead to prevent erosion, or galvanic and electrolytic action; and,
  • repairing cracks and leaks.

Feel confident knowing your education and your hands-on training at the apprentice school has prepared you for your first day on the job. With top of line education and training you are sure to succeed and you will be well on your way to a long and rewarding career!