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Roadmap: 5 Steps to Become a Pipe Fitter

Pipe fitters fix and install piping for heating and cooling systems and for various purposes. Some pipe fitters specialize in certain pipe systems or building and construction projects. Aspiring pipe fitters can train for this career by simply attaining a construction certificate, diploma, or associate degree in pipe fitting. As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, time spent as an apprentice pipe fitter is typically necessary prior to licensure as some states require.

1. Learn About Pipe Fitting. Interested individuals need to ascertain that this role is suited to the person's talents and career goals. They may wish to shadow a professional pipe fitter or visit piping or plumbing companies in their local area and learn the dangers of the job. According to BLS, plumbers and pipe fitters have an above average risk of on-the-job injury and illness.

2. Finish a Pipe Fitting Training Program. Pipe fitting instruction is frequently included in plumbing degree programs, so interested people should consider earning a degree. Welding students also learn about laying and joining pipes. Courses in either diploma program may cover pipe welding, piping math, gas piping, and electric piping.

3. Undergo on a Pipe Fitter Apprenticeship. Most pipe fitters undergo apprenticeship training, no matter the educational background. Apprenticeships typically last 4-5 years consisting of on-the-job training under the supervision of a licensed pipe fitter.

4. Become a Licensed Pipe Fitter. Most states require pipe fitters to be licensed, and licensing takes place after an apprenticeship has been completed. After completing an apprenticeship, those seeking pipe fitting careers become eligible for licensure.

5. Build a Professional Pipe Fitting Career. Many pipe fitters are self-employed and work out of their home or independent offices. This option requires new professionals to begin advertising their skills and building a clientele. Others may opt to work for pipe fitting and plumbing business or for federal, state, and local governments.