Pipefitters LU 533 Training Center
Kansas City, MO
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  • 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. 

    Title 29 CFR 30.11 Equal Opportunity Employment Pledge
    Any individual who believes that he or she has been or is being discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, age (40 or older), genetic information, or disability with regard to apprenticeship, or who believes he or she has been retaliated against-as described in § 30.17, may, personally or through an authorized representative, file a written complaint with the Registration Agency with whom the apprenticeship program is registered.
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