• What is a Pipefitter?
    The pipefitting trade includes but is not limited to the fabrication, installation, maintenance, and repair of all types of pipes and related materials. This includes installing hot water and steam heating systems, refrigeration, air conditioning, oil burners, stokers, power piping, welding, industrial process piping, pneumatic and digital temperature control equipment, high and low-pressure boilers, pneumatic piping, hydraulic piping and system commissioning.

    Employers that hire Pipefitters include:

    • Heating
    • Air Conditioning
    • Refrigeration construction companies
    • Mechanical construction firms
    • Pulp and paper mills
    • Primary Steel producers
    • Utility companies
    • Motor vehicle manufacturers
    • Metal fabricating companies
    • Oil refineries

    Pipefitter skills include:

    • Layout
    • Detailing
    • CAD drawing
    • Pipe threading
    • Plasma cutting
    • Brazing
    • Soldering
    • Mitering
    • Tube Bending
    • Welding (MiG, TiG, SMAW, GMAW, Orbital)
    • Rigging
    • Valve installation and repair

    Pipefitter Job Description

    • Must have a working knowledge of job site safety requirements.
    • Must be able to follow directions and work effectively to perform the work in a productive manner. 
    • Install, maintain, and repairs high and low-pressure steam and hot water systems, snow melting systems, refrigeration systems, heating and air conditioning systems, oil and fuel piping, pneumatic, electronic controls, instrumentation, and valve repair.  These skills are used in residential, commercial, and industrial installations.
    • Installs and maintains refrigeration and air conditioning systems including compressors, pumps, meters, pneumatic and hydraulic controls, and piping.
    • Works in high places and enclosed spaces where the job requires climbing, bending, stooping, crawling, kneeling, lifting and working in extreme temperature ranges, inside and out, summer and winter.
    • Lays out, fabricates, assembles, installs, and maintains piping and piping systems, installs equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, and industrial processing systems, on basis of knowledge of systems operation and study of building plans, working drawings and building codes.
    • Selects type and size of pipe and related materials according to job specifications.
    • Cuts or drills holes in walls to permit passage of pipes.
    • Inspects work sites to determine the presence of obstructions and activities of other construction workers.
    • Plans sequence of installation to avoid obstructions and to ascertain that holes will not cause structural weakness.
    • Cuts pipe, using a saw, cutting torch and pipe cutting machine.
    • Assembles and installs a variety of metal and nonmetal pipe and pipe fittings, including those made of cast iron, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper, glass, fiberglass, and plastic.
    • Joins piping by means of threading, welding, soldering, brazing, fusing, mechanical or cemented joints.
    • Secures pipes to structure with clamps, brackets, and hangers.
    • Tests piping system for leaks by pressurizing in accordance with specifications and piping component ratings.
    • May supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in fabricating, assembling, installing, maintaining piping and equipment for high-pressure piping, high pressure-high temperature hot water, low and high-pressure steam, condensate, hydronic or oil heating, hydronic cooling, refrigeration, pneumatic, lubricating, and industrial processing systems.
    • May train new workers and assign workers to specific duties.
    • May inspect on-going or completed processing systems to determine that they are installed correctly and perform as intended. 
    • Must have a working knowledge of building and mechanical codes.
    • Upon finishing the program, must be able to obtain any required licenses. 

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    Non Discrimination
    The recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship, shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The Pipe Fitters Local 533 Educational Training Fund will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.


    Feb 15, 2018
    As of August 2000 current United Association (UA) apprentices who complete their apprenticeship can earn up to 32 college credits for their experience with WCC. UA members can use this credit to earn an Associate Degree in Construction Supervision, Industrial Training, or Journeyperson General Studies from WCC.


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