Individuals should possess basic knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within the pipefitting field. They rely on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job and work under immediate supervision.
Primary job functions do not typically require exercising independent judgment. They may transfer from one task to another as directed. Generally these employees may specialize in working with certain metal or non-metal piping systems and have a narrower base of knowledge. They are required to assist with maintaining tools and equipment and perform various cleanup and housekeeping activities. They will follow all safety rules and procedures set forth by Industrial Mechanical, Inc. and OSHA. These employees report to a Foreman, General Foreman, or Project Manager.
Tasks that Pipefitters are required to perform include, but are not limited to:
- Lay-out, fabricate, install, repair, troubleshoot, and maintain piping systems, pipe supports, fixtures, and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment. These systems may vary in shape, size, and pressure.
- Accurately apply intermediate mathematical skill, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and conversion of fractions and decimals.
- Ability to work with piping made from copper, iron, carbon steel, stainless steel, and other alloy metals that are fused together through precise cutting, threading, grooving (Victaulic), bending, and welding.
- Read and interpret blueprints and schematic drawings to determine work procedures and to ensure the proper placement and alignment of materials.
- Ability to interpret mechanical charts, conversion tables, and other mathematical charts relative to the classification of a Pipefitter.
- Ability to pick type and size of pipe and related material and equipment that is required.
- Inspect worksites to determine the presence of obstructions and to ascertain that holes cut for pipes will not cause structural weakness.
- Plan installation or repairs to avoid obstructions and to avoid interfering with activities or other workers.
- Cut pipe using saws, cutting torch, and/or pipe cutting machine.
- Thread pipe using a pipe threading machine.
- Bend pipe using pipe bending tools and pipe bending machine.
- Secure pipe to structures with brackets, clamps, and hangers using hand tools and power tools.
- Fit, assemble, and install a variety of metal or non-metal pipe and fittings using approved assembly techniques.
- Test piping systems for leaks by increasing pressure in pipe and observing gauges attached to pipes for indication of leaks.
- Ability to work within precise limits or standards of accuracy, at heights without fear. Utilize logical step-by-step procedures in work while planning, solving problems, and decision-making based on quantifiable information.
- Provide mentoring to both Pipefitter Helpers and Pipefitter Trainees.