Pipe fitters install pipes that carry chemicals, gasses, acids, liquids etc. While they may work at private homes, most of their work is in an industrial, manufacturing and commercial setting. Pipe fitters have to work with various materials during a job. While smaller systems use small copper, plastic or steel pipes that could be easily installed by one or two fitters, large industrial systems requiring huge pipes often need a full crew of works for installing the pipes.
How to become a pipe fitter:
A high school diploma is enough for a pipe fitter’s career. Most pipe fitters learn the trade in the profession. Some learn at technical schools where they are given a certificate. These schools teach the students about different pipe systems and the use of tools in installing them.
Pipe fitters have to be of good health as it’s a physically demanding job. Majority of the workmen have to work full time and even overtime when deadlines approach fast during emergencies, the personnel may have to work overtime and also weekends.
Pipe fitter career courses, training and programs:
The apprenticeship courses or programs for pipe fitters usually last for four years. Each year, the apprentice must complete 2,000 hours on-job training as also 245 hours of classroom training. To qualify for the program, a person must be over 18 years of age and pass the requisite drug tests.
Pipe fitter career schools/colleges, education:
Pipe fitting education is often offered by unions and businesses. For apprenticeship programs you can check out the local union chapter. These programs would get you a sound footing on the career.
Top 5 colleges/universities:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
California Polytechnic State University
William and Mary College
Pipe fitter job opportunities, salaries/pay:
The salary of the pipe fitter usually varies depending upon the experience, location, industry and company. The average nationwide salary is about $35,130.
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