Pipe Fitter and Steamfitter

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Description

The steamfitter-pipefitter fabricates, assembles, installs, maintains, and repairs piping systems that transport all types of fluids, slurries and gas in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Their work is diverse and in fields such as oil refineries, paper mills, nuclear power plants, manufacturing plants, and in the automotive industry.

In addition to their traditional duties, pipefitters and steamfitters that are working in "green" fields also: - Calculate costs or savings for water- or energy-efficient appliances or systems. - Compile information on governmental incentive programs related to the installation of energy or water saving plumbing systems or devices. - Determine sizing requirements for solar hot water heating systems, taking into account factors such as site orientation, load calculations, or storage capacity requirements. - Install alternative water sources, such as rainwater harvesting systems or gray water reuse systems. - Install green plumbing equipment, such as faucet flow restrictors, dual-flush or pressure-assisted flush toilets, or tankless hot water heaters. - Install, test, or commission solar thermal or solar photovoltaic hot water heating systems. - Perform domestic plumbing audits to identify ways in which customers might reduce consumption of water or energy. - Recommend energy or water saving products, such as low-flow faucets or shower heads, water-saving toilets, or high-efficiency hot water heaters. - Weld small pipes or special piping, using specialized techniques, equipment, or materials, such as computer-assisted welding or microchip fabrication.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
12% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $38,530 - $68,770    Hourly: $19 - $33
Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

Steamfitter and industrial pipefitter work is strenuous, most is done outdoors. It involves a lot of standing, stooping, and heavy lifting, pulling and pushing. The work involves joining pipes together by following layouts, diagrams and blue prints. It may require standing for long periods or being in cramped and uncomfortable positions. The work can be uncomfortable during hot or cold weather. Risks include falls from ladders, cuts from sharp tools, burns from hot pipes or steam.

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Typical Education:

Certificate (High School + 0-4 years, Certificate awarded)
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Percent Job Growth:

12% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $38,530 - $68,770

Hourly: $19 - $33