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Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters

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Lay out, assemble, install, or maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, or industrial production or processing systems.

    Work Activities
    • Cut, thread, or hammer pipes to specifications, using tools such as saws, cutting torches, pipe threaders, or pipe benders.
    • Lay out full scale drawings of pipe systems, supports, or related equipment, according to blueprints.
    • Assemble or secure pipes, tubes, fittings, or related equipment, according to specifications, by welding, brazing, cementing, soldering, or threading joints.
    • Measure and mark pipes for cutting or threading.
    • Inspect, examine, or test installed systems or pipe lines, using pressure gauge, hydrostatic testing, observation, or other methods.
    • Plan pipe system layout, installation, or repair, according to specifications.
    • Attach pipes to walls, structures, or fixtures, such as radiators or tanks, using brackets, clamps, tools, or welding equipment.
    • Modify, clean, or maintain pipe systems, units, fittings, or related machines or equipment, using hand or power tools.
    • Select pipe sizes, types, or related materials, such as supports, hangers, or hydraulic cylinders, according to specifications.
    • Cut or bore holes in structures, such as bulkheads, decks, walls, or mains, prior to pipe installation, using hand or power tools.
    • Install automatic controls to regulate pipe systems.
    • Shut off steam, water, or other gases or liquids from pipe sections, using valve keys or wrenches.
    • Inspect work sites for obstructions or holes that could cause structural weakness.
    • Remove and replace worn components.
    • Install fixtures, appliances, or equipment designed to reduce water or energy consumption.
    • Install pipe systems to support alternative energy-fueled systems, such as geothermal heating or cooling systems.
    • Install or test gray water systems, such as recycling, treatment, or irrigation systems.
    • Prepare cost estimates for clients.
    • Operate motorized pumps to remove water from flooded manholes, basements, or facility floors.
    • Dip nonferrous piping materials in a mixture of molten tin and lead to obtain a coating that prevents erosion or galvanic or electrolytic action.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $55,330/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $26.60/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 16,070
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,020
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Screwdrivers
    • Power grinders
    • Levels
    • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
    • Blow torch
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Project management software
    • Office suite software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.