Pipe Fitters

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


New workers

New workers start around £20,594. Normal pay is £30,622 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £46,712.

Available jobs

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


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

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

  • Pipe (Fluid Conveyance)

  • Plumbing

  • 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

  • Organizational Skills

  • Teamwork

  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving)

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.