Industrial Pipefitter


Industrial Pipefitter (Not enrolling students for the 2020-2021 school year)


Career in a year - You can complete this program in just 600 hours.

Scholarships available for qualifying students through CareerSource Gulf Coast.


A pipefitter attaches pipes to walls, structures and fixtures, such as radiators or tanks, using brackets, clamps, tools or welding equipment.

Pipefitters measure and mark pipes for cutting, threading and welding. They use specific tools such as saws, cutting torches, pipe threaders, benders, and welders.

Pipefitters plan piping system layouts, installations or repairs according to specifications. They modify, clean, and maintain pipe systems, units, fittings, and related machines and equipment, following specifications using hand and power tools.

Pipefitters remove and replace worn components. They inspect work sites for obstructions and ensure that holes will not cause structural weakness. They also inspect, examine, and test installed systems and pipe lines, using pressure gauge, hydrostatic testing, observation or other methods.


Adult General Education Programs

2016 Median Pay

$51,450 per year
$24.74 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Work Experience in a Related Occupation


On-the-job Training


Number of Jobs, 2016


Job Outlook, 2016-26

16% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2016-26



Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters held about 480,600 jobs in 2016. The largest employers of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters were as follows:


Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors62%
Self-employed workers13%
Heavy and civil engineering construction4%


Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

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