Pipefitters and steamfitters typically layout, assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, lubrication, or other liquids or gases for industrial production and process systems. Additionally pipefitters apply pipe system knowledge and blueprint reading capability to select pipe size and type, related equipment and materials such as pipe supports, hangars, and hydraulic supports systems according to required specifications. Includes sprinklerfitters.

Description 2017 Jobs 2027 Jobs
Median Pay Low Pay High Pay
Pipelayers 1,675 1,912 $32,193 $25,951 $50,894
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 14,396 16,838 $48,877 $31,488 $72,694
Helpers – Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 2,990 3,415 $33,159 $25,666 $51,357

*Jobs for recently announced petrochemical projects not yet included.
Source: QCEW (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages) Employees, Non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed & Extended Proprietors – EMSI 2017.3 Class of Worker. Job and wage information drawn from counties touching a 100-mile radius of Baytown, Texas.

Programs of Study

  • Associate of Applied Science, Pipefitting Technology – PF2
  • Certificate of Completion, Pipefitting Technology – PF1
  • Certificate of Completion, Pipefitter Helper – PH1

General Requirements

Long-term on-the-job training: Occupations at this level generally require more than 12 months of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction for workers to develop the skills needed for average job performance. This category includes formal and informal apprenticeships that may last up to 4 years and short- term intensive employer-sponsored training that workers must successfully complete. Individuals undergoing training are generally considered to be employed in the occupation. Includes occupations in which workers may gain experience in non-work activities, such as professional athletes who gain experience through participation in athletic programs in academic institutions. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission)

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