In addition, students measure, bend, cut and thread pipes and then learn to bolt, braze, solvent weld, screw, or solder them together. Students in plumbing install and connect pipes and fittings according to the instructions on blueprints or shop drawings.
PHYSICAL SKILLS & ABILITIES
See your guidance counselor to learn about physical considerations required for this career program.
ACADEMIC / EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
Convert and/or perform practical applications involving fractions and decimals, percentages, measurements, ratio, and proportion. Compute discount, interest, profit and loss, commission markups, and selling price. Calculate surface area, volume, weights, measures, and circumference. Understand square roots and radicals, properties of angles, and proper use of all measuring devices used in the career area.
LANGUAGE / ENGLISH SKILLS
Read a variety of novels, magazines, newspapers, trade-related technical manuals, and encyclopedias. Read safety rules, instructions in the use and maintenance of shop tools and equipment, and proper job procedures. Write reports and essays with proper format.
Demonstrate technical competencies in the interpretation of scientific processes and principles, utilization of measurements, operation of specific technical equipment and techniques used in problem solving.
POST-SECONDARY CAREER PATHS
Four-year apprenticeship. Additional trade-related studies and advanced skill training courses available through postsecondary trade schools and extension programs.
Pipe Fitter Maintenance
Starting $7.50/hr up to $30/hr and beyond (depending on union or non-union).