Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinklerfitters.

Also includes

Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters , Plumbers

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $57,400.00
Average Time to Fill 41 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 13,808
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 17.79 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Resource Allocation

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Weld metal parts and components
Install plumbing, piping, or water handling systems
Operate pipe fitting equipment
Perform basic plumbing
Solder metal parts, piping, or components
Cut pipe or piping material for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration, water, or steam lines
Cut metal or plastic material
Perform combination welding or cutting procedures
Bend pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration or water lines
Bend tubing or conduit
Weld metal structures
Braze metal parts or components
Apply flux to workpiece before soldering or brazing
Spot/tack weld materials
Install water or sewer treatment plant equipment
Drill holes in construction materials
Don/Doff installation, maintenance, or repair related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Install gauges or controls
Install/Replace measuring or control devices such as meters or regulators
Apply adhesives, caulking, or sealants
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured plumbing or piping products by hand
Thread pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration, or water lines
Cut masonry material such as stone, tile, or brick
Cut construction material
Cut openings in existing structures
Install household appliances
Install building fixtures
Set-up heavy construction equipment
Set-up production equipment or machinery
Install heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) equipment
Drill holes in earth or rock for activities such as blasting
Set mechanical or electrical controls or components
Prepare sites or surfaces for concrete, masonry, or related construction work
Prepare building surfaces for paint, finishes, wallpaper, or adhesives
Polish stone or concrete using a surfacing machine
Paint surfaces such as walls
Perform basic carpentry
Prepare explosives for detonation
Dismantle/Reassemble rigging
Apply grouting or mortar
Mix masonry materials such as mortar, grout, slurry, or concrete
Construct electrical parts or fixtures

Performing General Physical Activities

Erect supports and hangers for equipment and piping
Review construction specifications
Install storm, sanitation, or water piping systems above and below ground
Mark reference points or cutting lines on workpieces
Build structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Move heavy objects in installation, maintenance, or repair work
Install wooden structural components such as sub flooring, rough framing, or partitions
Install construction support structures such as lathing, back up frames, or metal studs
Install shock-absorbing or acoustical paneling or tiles on wall or ceiling
Install drywall, plasterboard, or wallboard
Install glass in windows, skylights, or other structural surfaces
Install sheet metal assemblies in supportive framework
Construct wooden frameworks or structures
Install roofing materials such as shingles, tile, slate, or asphalt
Install prefabricated building components
Build masonry structures including kilns or furnaces
Install siding or sheeting materials
Lay pipe into trench
Dig holes or trenches
Clean rooms, floors, or facilities in installation, maintenance, or repair settings
Perform structural repair or assembly work
Remodel residential or commercial structures
Lay masonry material such as brick, block, paver, stone, or tile
Apply plaster, stucco, or joint compound mixtures to walls or ceilings
Repair prefabricated wooden building components
Repair cracks, defects, or damage in installed building materials
Perform concrete fabrication
Move materials, equipment, or supplies
Install insulating materials
Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas
Move heavy objects in construction, extraction, or mining settings
Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed
Identify relevant safety procedures
Attach moisture barrier sheeting over construction surfaces

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Verify levelness, verticality, or alignment of structures, equipment, or materials
Estimate project labor requirements
Estimate project material requirements
Measure workpieces for reference points or cutting lines
Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly
Estimate installation, maintenance, or repair related material requirements
Estimate construction project labor requirements
Calculate grades and elevations
Determine equipment or tool requirements for projects
Determine work priorities and requirements
Estimate construction project costs
Estimate construction, extraction, or mining project material requirements
Determine project parameters or specifications
Measure tile or masonry materials
Measure layout for construction projects
Measure work site or construction dimensions
Estimate installation, maintenance, or repair related project costs
Bid work projects
Estimate costs of design or construction materials

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Fire Protection
Industrial Production
Welding Equipment
Project Management
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