PipeFitters Play Key Role in Moving Liquids and Gases from Source to Endpoint
It is a commonly-accepted principle that the shortest distance between any two points is a straight line; this shrewd observation and oft-quoted statement can be traced back to Archimedes, a Greek mathematician who lived in the third century BC, so it has certainly withstood the passage of time.
The implication of this expression is one of expediency or time saving – why take a route that has twists and turns when it is easier and faster to merely push straight ahead? But sometimes, deviation in the pathway is required based on where the two points actually are and/or what might lie between them.
Think of the system of pipes in any home, business, factory, industrial complex, etc. that is needed to transport liquids, gases, or chemicals from one point to another. There are multiple floors that need multiple services in multiple rooms, meaning that pipe system installations must parallel the complexity of the floor plan/blueprints. It is impractical to connect the sources of supply for any of those commodities to their various endpoints in a straight line, unless people find it acceptable to walk over, under, and around exposed pipes all day long.
This is the principal job responsibility of a pipe fitter: the layout, assembly, installation, and maintenance of pipe systems and pipe supports for the transportation of fluids and gases from a source to an endpoint. And the intricacy of these systems, their twists and turns so to speak, is dictated by the scope of the building blueprints.
Pipefitters may be called upon to establish pipe systems for such commodities as:
- Oils or Lubricants
- Water and/or Steam
- Natural Gas/Other Gases
The minimal educational requirement for a pipe fitter is a high school diploma (or GED), followed by the completion of an apprenticeship with experienced certified pipefitters; the apprenticeship includes both on-the-job training and classroom studies and may take several years to complete. Some of the important skills for success as a pipe fitter are:
- Problem Solving
- Blueprint Interpretation
- Competence with Industry Tools
- Torches, saws, pipe benders
In terms of the job description for a pipe fitter, their primary responsibilities/tasks could include some or all of the following:
- Selecting pipe size and type based on requirements
- Measuring and marking pipes for cutting and threading
- Cutting, threading, and hammering pipe to specifications
- Assembling and securing pipes, tubes, fittings, and equipment
- Inspecting/testing installed systems using proper testing methods
- Troubleshooting issues post-installation; performing needed repairs
Pipefitters frequently work in confined spaces and/or hot environments for an extended period of time. They must also have good knowledge of the appropriate procedures for working with hazardous chemicals when circumstances dictate.
A Recruitment Agency May Offer Greater Access to PipeFitter Apprenticeships
As noted above, one of the critical factors in becoming a pipefitter will be the completion of an apprenticeship program. While some technical school programs might include the coordination of such opportunities through working relationships with various employers, many individuals interested in pipe fitting as a career could be left to secure this on-the-job training on their own.
Unfortunately, such opportunities are not always immediately identifiable, as they might not be publicly posted/openly advertised through various media. To the contrary, many employers will often engage a recruitment agency to work on their behalf to find suitable apprentices for trades jobs, including those for pipefitter positions.
Often, that recruitment agency is Winters Technical Staffing, a leader in identifying and qualified candidates for trades jobs within Toronto and the surrounding area for over 40 years. The recruitment consultants from Winters Technical Staffing have established a strong network of contacts in the construction sector and its related services industries and consequently often have knowledge of/access to apprenticeship opportunities that may not be directly accessible to pipefitter candidates.
As a result, those looking to pursue a career as a pipefitter may find it advantageous to coordinate their job search efforts with the knowledge, resources, and industry-related networking that are available to them through the experienced recruitment specialists at Winters Technical Staffing.
For more information on pursuing a pipefitter apprenticeship in conjunction with the support available from Winters Technical Staffing, a recruitment agency that specializes in staffing trades jobs, see our industry specialties page.
Contact Winters Today
Start your career as a pipefitter by capitalizing on the networking and resources offered by one of Toronto’s leading recruitment agencies. Call the job placement professionals at Winters Technical Staffing today at 416-495-7422 to schedule your no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced consultants.