Pipe welders have a physically intensive job in which they perform a variety of tasks, including assembling, installing and maintaining pipes for various processing systems; moving and handling objects; and communicating with colleagues on work-related tasks. They are also responsible for inspecting and repairing equipment, organizing and planning work activities, and operating vehicles, machinery, and equipment. Additionally, pipe welders may be responsible for training colleagues, and they must document any work they have performed.
Pipe welders can work both indoors and outdoors depending on the needs of their company, and they usually work during daytime hours. This position may be part time or full time, and overtime may be required depending on the needs of the company. Pipe welders may be employed by a wide range of organizations that deal with laying, maintaining, and repairing pipes. Typically, these individuals work with their supervisors, their coworkers, their clients, and individuals representing clients on a regular basis.
Most employers require pipe fitters to have completed a program related to piping and/or earn a pipe welding certification. Pipe welders should have good coordination, excellent communication skills, the ability to think both critically and creatively, and good judgement and decision-making abilities. They should also be able to troubleshoot issues quickly and effectively, as well as have the ability to evaluate, analyze and maintain equipment and systems. Pipe welders must continuously develop their skills.
Pipe Welder Tasks
Arrange pipes according to blueprint and weld them together using manual or semi-automatic welding machines.
Follow safety procedures when operating equipment.
Install pipe hangers, valves, support structures, and other elements of pipe systems.
Select pipes of the proper type, size, and material for project, cut them to the correct length.