Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters in the South Plains
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. They may install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinkler fitters.
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters in the South Plains are typically employed by these industries:
- Building Equipment Contractors
- Nonresidential Building Construction
- Utility System Construction
- Support Activities for Mining
- Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
In 2016 there were an average of 809 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters working in the South Plains. This occupation is expected to grow by 18.3% in the next ten years.
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters earn an average of $43,300 annually in the South Plains. Entry level workers earn approximately $29,400 compared to an average of $50,200 for experienced workers.
Education, Experience and Licensing
People in this career usually begin with a high school diploma and an industry-recognized certificate or credential earned through an apprenticeship and no previous work experience. This career typically requires long-term on the job training.
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- Communication skills. Plumbers must be able to direct workers, bid on jobs, and plan work schedules. Plumbers talk to customers on a regular basis and need to understand and communicate problems and directions.
- Dexterity. Plumbers must be able to maneuver parts and tools precisely, often in tight spaces.
- Mechanical skills. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters use a variety of tools to assemble and repair pipe systems. Choosing the right tool and successfully installing, repairing, or maintaining a system is crucial to their work.
- Physical strength. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters must be strong enough to lift and move heavy tools and materials.
- Troubleshooting skills. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters find, diagnose, and repair problems. For example, pipefitters must be able to perform pressure tests to pinpoint the location of a leak.