Pipefitters install and repair high- and low-pressure pipe systems used in manufacturing, in the generation of electricity, and in the heating and cooling of buildings. NCCER offers a four-level Pipefitting curriculum that covers topics such as Threaded Pipe Fabrication, Excavations, and Steam Traps.
They install pipes and fittings that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids and gases. They connect pipes, determine the necessary materials for a job, and perform pressure tests to ensure that a pipe system is airtight and watertight. Pipefitters install and maintain pipes that carry chemicals, acids, and gases. These pipes are mostly in manufacturing, commercial, and industrial settings.
According to a 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) survey of the field, Pipefitters earned $49,140 a year on average (based on 7-10 years of work experience) or $23.63 per hour. The BLS projects that between 2012-2022, there will be an additional 82,300 Certified Pipefitters needed in the workforce nationally.