Plumbers, Pipefitters & Steamfitters

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.

Job Outlook through 2028

Employment Current: 16,540
Employment Projected: 18,140
Percentage Change: 9.7%

Education/Training

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Sample Job Titles

  • Equipment Service Associate (ESA)
  • Fire Sprinkler Service Technician
  • Journeyman Pipe Fitter
  • Journeyman Pipefitter
  • Machine Repairman
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Pipe Welder
  • Pipefitter
  • Sprinkler Fitter
  • Steamfitter

Duties

  • 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.

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.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $33,700
Average: $53,660
Experienced: $100,970