A Master Pipefitter’s primary duties consist of fitting pipe. He/she will maintain, install and dismantle all types of pipelines, fittings and hydraulics as required for new construction and maintenance. Carries out duties as assigned by the Shop Foreperson for the following shop;
Duties and responsibilities
(Duties and responsibilities, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is illustrative ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all of the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned.)
Receives instructions, blueprints, and work orders for the job. Develops working procedures for the job, the materials required, scaffolding etc. Calculates dimension and bends pipe.
Complies with OSHA and EPA requirements.
Layout, fabricates, assemble, install and maintain piping, piping systems, fixtures and equipment.
Works with steam, water, air, fuel, lube oil, sea water, and various chemicals.
Assembles piping by means of welding, brazing, cementing, soldering, threading and bolting.
Cuts and bores holes in structures, decks, bulkheads, walls, mains using torch, hand and power tools.
Inspects, examines and tests piping with hydrostatic, air, visual and other methods.
Ability to use and Knowledge of equipment types
Rectifier welding machines
Portable gas welders
Ability to use and Knowledge of welding methods
SMAW -Stick Metal Arc Weld
MIG -Metal Inert Gas semi automatic
TIG -Tungsten Inert Gas
Ability to use and Knowledge of metals
Steel pipe; all types including stainless
Aluminum Pipe; all alloys
Copper to CUNI pipe
Monel; all alloys
Copper – nickel pipe
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of materials, methods and the tools involved in shipbuilding, specific to his/ her department.
Time management, active listening, oral and written expression and comprehension, critical thinking and reasoning skills.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
Mathematical abilities and the ability to remember words, numbers and other information. Should have a basic understanding of blueprints, surveys and job specifications.
A minimum of two to four years of related skill, knowledge or experience is needed for these occupations. Must include related on-the-job training and experience in shipbuilding.
Experience and training must include methods, techniques, equipment and hands-on experience.
High school degree or equivalent.
Able to train others
Can perform job functions with little or no supervision.
Frequent contact with skilled trades workers, superintendents, foreman and / or assistant foreman.
Work is regularly performed in outside weather conditions, including rain and extreme heat, near moving mechanical parts and includes occasional exposure to wet and/or humid conditions and to vibration. The work environment may be loud.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 70 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Position Type/ Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday. This position periodically requires long hours and weekend work. Regular and predictable on-site attendance is an essential function and a prerequisite to perform other essential functions of the position.
Travel is primarily local during the business day, although periodic out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.
Required Education and Experience
High school degree or equivalent.
Minimum 5 years or pipe fitting experience
Minimum of 5 years or combination of Shipyard/ Military Setting experience
Preferred Education or Experience
Education based on requirements that are job-related and consistent with the business necessity.
Experience in a Shipyard/ Military setting.
Silver Brazing qualified
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
NOTE: The following description is a GENERAL Overview of this career and not a description of a particular job posting.
Pipefitters are typically tasked with installing and maintaining high and low pressure pipe systems, supports, and related equipment aboard waterborne or Naval vessels. A pipefitter is often required to lay out and fabricate full-scale pipe systems (including fire or sprinkler systems) prior to installation using blueprints and templates. Pipefitters must be familiar with the use of basic shop tools and machinery such as grinders, power and hand cutters, presses, bending machines, die and pipe threading machines. Pipefitters also must be familiar with various pipe joining techniques such as soldering, welding, and brazing.
Most pipefitter careers require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, and/or an associate's degree. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is typically required.