Layout, fabricate, test and repair pipe systems
Fit pipe and properly prepare joints for welding to meet the specific requirements
Oversee the installation of new piping systems onboard vessels
Able to properly use trade specific hand and power tools
Evaluate joint allowance and build the pipe systems within tolerance
Offer corrective action and appropriate work behavior with regard to shipyard practices
Perform threading, soldering, welding and brazing of pipes and fittings
Oversee layout and fabrication of full-scale pipe systems prior to installation with technical data
Must be able to obtain credentials to work on government bases
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.