The role of pipefitter helper falls under a wide range of categories: pipe layers, plumbers, and steamfitters. They are often required to know much of what the lead pipefitter does, in order to assist and to take over when the need arises. Pipefitter helpers assist in the fabrication and installation of stainless steel weld pipes and tubing, carbon steel weld pipes, screw pipes, and socket weld pipes. They should understand how to install underground pipes, pipe hangers, and supports. Basic plumbing repair, rigging, and valve maintenance is a must.
Pipefitter helpers should have some experience with and be comfortable using basic tools, such as electric power tools and pneumatic tools, and they should also know how to take care of these tools. They may also be asked to drive forklifts and pickup trucks. Some other duties may include cleaning, removing debris, and handling trash. Pipefitter helpers must be able to work well with others, especially superiors, and must be able to get their tasks done without direction. Independence, cooperation, and attention to detail are all highly sought-after skills in this field.
When it comes to experience, at least six months to a year of experience in the industrial construction industry is usually preferred. Mechanical contracting is also a big plus. The minimum educational requirements for potential pipefitter helpers is usually a high school diploma, GED, or high school equivalency certificate.
Pipefitter Helper Tasks
Drill holes, mount wall and ceiling pipe supports, and assist pipefitters in valve fitting.
Remove worn or damaged pipe and measure and cut new lengths of pipe.
Assist plumbers and pipefitters in the assemblage and installation of piping systems.
Clean and maintain work areas, materials, and tools.