Engineering Construction Pipefitter

Install, fabricate, maintain and decommission piping systems within engineering construction.


As a Pipefitter, you are a vital cog in engineering construction.


Top 5 Tasks

  1. Examine drawings and specifications to determine layout of piping
  2. Measure and cut required lengths of copper, lead, steel, iron, aluminium or plastic piping using hand or machine tools
  3. Install pipes for heating, ventilating, fire prevention, water and similar systems
  4. Fit piping into position and joins sections by welding, soldering, cementing, fusing, screwing or by other methods
  5. Test pipe work for leaks and make necessary adjustments.


A Pipefitter starting out will typically earn around £20,000 and those at a more senior and experienced level will earn much more, approximately £40,000.

Salaries typically range depending on location and overtime.

Am I Suited?

  • Loves the outdoors
  • Head for heights
  • Problem solver
  • Self-motivator
  • Practical
Many Construction Managers and other construction professionals started their careers as apprentices.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may expect entrants to possess GCSEs. Training is usually via apprenticeship including practical experience and technical training. NVQs/SVQs in Mechanical Engineering Services (Plumbing) at Levels 2 and 3 are available.

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