An apprentice pipefitter, fourth year, is someone who is learning to manufacture, install, maintain, and repair different kinds of pipes. These pipes may include water, air conditioning, industrial process, boilers, and gas lines. The pipefitter may specialize in one or more of these pipefitting fields.
The apprentice will learn to lay out pipes in the chosen field. To become a pipefitter, it will be necessary to obtain the skill of CAD drawing. The pipefitter will also learn how to install, cut, weld, and solder the equipment. Usually, a high school diploma or a GED must be completed prior to entering an apprenticeship. After that, the pipefitter will usually complete a combination of schooling and fieldwork. The apprenticeship stage generally lasts for four to five years. There will often be different levels that need to be passed, and at the end of each level, there is a proficiency test. During the fieldwork, the apprentice may shadow an experienced pipefitter.
Often, these apprentices are paid, though their wages are only a fraction of what journeymen make. Each year, the salary of a pipefitter increases. Physically strenuous activities are included in this job, and it is often necessary to stand for long periods of time and to lift heavy items. This job can be dangerous, so it is important to follow safety laws and regulations at all times.
Apprentice Pipe Fitter, 4th Year Tasks
Transport, measure, and cut pipes and fittings to meet specifications.
Document hours worked, materials used, and project status.
Assist with moving, testing, and updating pipes and water systems.
Install, test, repair, and maintain pipes, traps and associated equipment.