Pipe Fitters

Pipe fitters install pipe systems and maintain and repair pipes in major utilities, industrial and construction settings and sites.


New workers
£ 20,594
£ 30,622
£ 46,712

Available jobs

In the past year there were 4,628 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Tests pipe work for leaks and makes necessary adjustments.

  • Fits piping into position and joins sections by welding, soldering, cementing, fusing, screwing or by other methods.

  • Installs pipes for heating, ventilating, fire prevention, water and similar systems in industrial and construction settings, including oil rigs and terminals, sewerage systems and other mains networks.

  • Measures and cuts required lengths of copper, lead, steel, iron, aluminium or plastic piping using hand or machine tools.

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine layout of piping.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Machinery

  • Pipefitting

  • HVAC

  • Plumbing

  • Pipe (Fluid Conveyance)

  • Hand Tools

  • Power Tool Operation

  • Welding

  • Fabrication

  • Engineering Drawings

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Customer Service

  • Problem Solving

  • Self-Motivation

  • Operations

  • Management

  • English Language

  • Teamwork

  • Organizational Skills

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.