Steam- and Pipefitters (7252)
Steam- and pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair piping systems carrying water, steam, chemicals and fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems.
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Working with Others
Steam- and pipefitters work with others most of the time. They liaise with other steam- and pipefitters to ensure that fittings and hangers are available and are put up. They work mainly with welders to assemble fittings prior to welding, but may also work with pipe insulators and electricians. They coordinate the arrival times of crane operators when necessary. They work closely with apprentices to obtain assistance and to offer both technical training and safety information. Coordination of work with others is a key part of the occupation.
Continuous learning is essential for steam- and pipefitters as they must keep up-to-date with regulatory requirements and codes that are periodically revised. Also, they must stay current on technological advances in their field to select the most appropriate equipment and materials and be able to perform proper installations.