Becoming a skilled tradesman definitely requires good education and training, but it also requires an aptitude for working with one’s own hands and building something out of nothing. Pipefitters are needed in a variety of settings and changes in building construction and plumbing systems results in a high demand for skilled pipefitters.
Since pipefitters can find themselves in new building construction or historical building repairs, in residential homes or industrial buildings, it is important for all pipefitters to have three important skills as they work to install and repair plumbing and pipe systems. These skills are reading and understanding blueprints, using advanced math, and having the knowledge to operate industry tools.
- Reading and Understanding Blueprints—Following plumbing and safety codes is an important part of a pipefitters job, so it is imperative that pipefitters are able to read, interpret and understand building blueprints so that the work is done safely and correctly. Being able to read blueprints allows a pipefitter to know exactly where they need to install piping and what size and type of pipes need to be used for the system. The ability to read and understand blueprints will help prevent future leaks, plumbing problems and safety issues if and when repairs are necessary.
- Using Advanced Math—Math skills are necessary as a trained pipefitter because fractions and measurements are an important part of installing pipes. An affinity for math will help pipefitters with successfully cutting, sizing and placing pipes, which will prevent future leaks and safety issues.
- Knowledge to Operate Industry Tools—Pipefitters have to use a number of industry tools as they measure, cut and bend piping materials on the job, so a proper knowledge of how to use these tools is important for safety reasons. Pipefitters can expect to use tools and equipment such as tape measures, torches, saws, and pipe benders in order to complete a job and if you do not know how to use these tools, it could lead to faulty work.
These three skills are taught in pipefitters apprentice school and will help any pipefitter build a strong base so that they may have a successful career as a tradesman. With a good education and hands-on training, you can put yourself on the path to a successful career!