Steamfitters are employees who work with pipes which are typically used for high-pressure elements, and their job is both tough and physically demanding.
Steamfitters work by laying down pipes and ensuring that each one is where it should be and fits properly. If pipes are too long, they will need to be marked and cut to specific measurement. Steamfitters must have in-depth knowledge of these pipes and how they function, how to work knobs, etc., and this job requires strenuous amounts of work which includes heavy lifting and risks of burns and other injuries. Steamfitters can expect to work long days, though hours can vary depending on the specific job and location.
Educational requirements are not strict for this position, and employers often provide training through apprenticeships and similar commitments. Full training for this job may take four to five years, but is usually overseen by the employer. Steamfitters typically work both indoors and outdoors, though this depends on the location and particular project. They usually work in teams of at least five people, sometimes more, and communication and interpersonal skills are essential in order to work efficiently, especially when training others or a piece of equipment malfunctions.