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Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters - 47-2152.01

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported 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

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Create construction or installation diagrams.
  • Cut metal components for installation.
  • Drill holes in construction materials.
  • Estimate construction project costs.
  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Inspect plumbing systems or fixtures.
  • Inspect work sites to identify potential environmental or safety hazards.
  • Install gauges or controls.
  • Install green plumbing or water handling systems.
  • Install plumbing or piping.
  • Maintain plumbing structures or fixtures.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Operate pumps or compressors.
  • Plan layout of construction, installation, or repairs.
  • Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
  • Select construction materials.
  • Test green technology installations to verify performance.
  • Weld metal components.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Damage Controlman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Fire Controlman (AEGIS) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Fire Controlman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hull Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hull Maintenance Technician Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • NAMTS Pipefitter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Plumber (Army - Enlisted)
  • Shipfitter - Pipefitter (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Utilities Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Utilitiesman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Utilitiesman Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water Support Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Coppersmith
  • Gas-Main Fitter
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Pipe Fitter - Sprinkler Fitter
  • Pipefitting
  • Steam Service Inspector

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Coppersmith
  • Coppersmith Apprentice
  • Gas-Main Fitter
  • Industrial-Gas Fitter
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Pipe Fitter, Diesel Engine I
  • Pipe Fitter, Diesel Engine II
  • Pipe-Fitter Apprentice
  • Steam Service Inspector