Pipefitters are distinct from plumbers in that they work on water pipe installations in large commercial premises, such as factories and plants, as opposed to peoples homes. They maintain and repair water systems, but also install and maintain the gauges and switches that are essential for their operation.
This page lists a number of recruitment firms that have experience in pairing skilled pipefitters to appropriate roles in various industries.
Successful pipefitters tend to be those who possess strong problem solving skills, are dexterous and have the ability to work from technical drawings and plans. They should also be prepared to stand in a particular, sometimes uncomfortable, position for long periods of time.
Due to the business-critical nature of the pipefitters work, he or she may be called out out-with normal work hours if a repair is required on a given system.
Entering this profession is not unlike becoming a plumber. While being trained in a college is necessary and of great value, practical experience is at the heart of being a pipefitter. Apprenticeships are a great way of gaining the knowledge and experience required to become fully qualified.
While entry level or trainee positions pay £15,000 - £20,000, once experience is gained this figure can rise significantly. Earning between £30,000 and £50,000 is entirely possible.