Overview of the role

Designing, installing and maintaining piping systems on construction sites or commercial fabrication facilities.

Details of standard

The Pipefitter is a vital Engineering Construction role, working within strictly defined processes and procedures to exacting standards. This often involves working on major infrastructure projects for example power stations and oil and gas facilities both in the UK and overseas Engineering Construction Industry. The Pipefitter can work in hazardous environments which can include working at height, over water and in confined spaces. The Pipefitter role encompasses the positioning, assembly, fabrication, maintenance, repair and decommissioning of piping systems within Engineering Construction, both on construction sites or at commercial fabrication facilities. This can include working in environments with systems that may carry water, steam, food, pharmaceutical, chemicals, gas, hydrocarbons or fuel which may be used in cooling, heating, lubricating and other processes. The Pipefitter works with various pipe materials such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics and composites. These materials can vary from 15 mm to 1200 in diameter and from 5 mm up to 75 mm in thickness dependent upon the content of the pipes and the operating pressures of the systems. The role requires the knowledge and skills to implement the specified method of jointing required within often complex piping systems. The Pipefitter must be able to work autonomously and as part of a team ensuring compliance with health, safety and environmental, processes and procedures. The Pipefitter must also work with other Engineering Construction occupations such as welders.

Role Knowledge Requirements. The Pipefitter should have knowledge of

  • Relevant health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and company-specific requirements for safe working practises and procedures,
  • Importance and benefits of recognised Industry safety passport schemes,
  • How to work safely, personal site safety responsibilities and how to respond to and provide solutions to problems and emergencies
  • Engineering practices and principles including reading engineering drawings and marking out techniques,
  • Mathematical techniques and formula related to the fabrication, development and installation of pipework systems,
  • How to correctly select and safely use hand tools, mechanical tools and equipment in differing environments for the fabrication, repair, installation and decommissioning of pipework systems,
  • Common and specialist pipe materials such as ferrous, non-ferrous and non-metallic including fittings associated with the pipework components and systems,
  • Pipework preparation, fabrication, installation, maintenance, testing and decommissioning techniques commonly used throughout the Engineering Construction industry,
  • Appropriate codes, practices and industry standards and their application to ensure quality requirements are met.