Who are they and what do they do? Pipe fitter produces, installs and repairs parts of piping and piping assemblies.
What are the activities of the job? Manufacture of pipe parts and their accessories from thin and thick walled metal pipes, sheets, and non metal materials, by hand and machine cutting, forging, cold and hot bending, welding, soldering, fitting inserts, manufacturing spiral pipes, and various shaped parts, manufacturing the seals for large diameter piping of irregular shape, assembly of pipe systems according to drawings, sometimes without complete drawings, to a model or according to the situation on site, manufacturing pressure vessels and tanks, installation of large pipe systems for sugar mills, breweries, gas and coke factories, cement factories, oil refineries, etc, frequently in places where access to the work is difficult and without exact documentation. The fitter will also carry out pressure tests of piping.
Where is it done and under what conditions? In workshops where there is often dust and dirt.
What tools/equipment do they use? Metal-working machine tools, welding and soldering devices, bending machines, burners, and apparatus for gauging pressures.
What do you need to succeed? You need an apprenticeship, physical fitness, manual dexterity, and a technical cast of mind.