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Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters - 47-3015.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Help plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, or pipelayers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying, or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Plumber's Helper

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-3000 Helpers, Construction Trades
47-3010 Helpers, Construction Trades
47-3015.00 Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Related Occupations


  • Assist pipe fitters in the layout, assembly, and installation of piping for air, ammonia, gas, and water systems.
  • Clean and renew steam traps.
  • Clean shop, work area, and machines, using solvent and rags.
  • Cut or drill holes in walls or floors to accommodate the passage of pipes.
  • Cut pipe and lift up to fitters.
  • Disassemble and remove damaged or worn pipe.
  • Excavate and grade ditches, and lay and join pipe for water and sewer service.
  • Fill pipes with sand or resin to prevent distortion, and hold pipes during bending and installation.
  • Fit or assist in fitting valves, couplings, or assemblies to tanks, pumps, or systems, using hand tools.
  • Immerse pipe in chemical solution to remove dirt, oil, and scale.
  • Install gas burners to convert furnaces from wood, coal, or oil.
  • Measure, cut, thread and assemble new pipe, placing the assembled pipe in hangers or other supports.
  • Mount brackets and hangers on walls and ceilings to hold pipes, and set sleeves or inserts to provide support for pipes.
  • Perform rough-ins, repair and replace fixtures and water heaters, and locate, repair, or remove leaking or broken pipes.
  • Requisition tools and equipment, select type and size of pipe, and collect and transport materials and equipment to work site.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Assemble products or production equipment.
  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Cut metal components for installation.
  • Cut openings in existing structures.
  • Dig holes or trenches.
  • Drill holes in construction materials.
  • Install building fixtures.
  • Install plumbing or piping.
  • Maintain plumbing structures or fixtures.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed.
  • Order construction or extraction materials or equipment.
  • Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
  • Select construction materials.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Fire Controlman (AEGIS) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Fire Controlman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Plumber (Army - Enlisted)
  • Utilitiesman (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)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Pipe-Fitter Helper
  • Plumbing Assembler-Installer