Pipefitter and Steamfitter Career
Pipefitters and steamfitters are essentially a specialized type of plumber that focuses on assembling, installing, maintaining and repairing pipe systems used to transport liquids and gases. Pipe and steamfitters work in a huge range of environments as their services can be required in any residential, commercial and industrial setting or any other place where there are pipes for heating, cooling, steam or sewage and septic systems.
The majority of pipefitters and steamfitters work for a private company and most work a typical 40-hour week, although the high rate of plumbing and pipe emergencies means that night and weekend work is often required. Unfortunately, this type of work is one of the most dangerous of all construction jobs and has one of the highest incidents of job related illnesses and injuries. As with many other construction jobs, self-employment opportunities abound for those with the proper qualifications and licenses.