Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters:

Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinklerfitters.

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $57,400.00
Average Time to Fill 41 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 13,808
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Solder metal parts, piping, or components
Braze metal parts or components
Spot/tack weld materials
Weld metal parts and components
Perform combination welding or cutting procedures
Apply flux to workpiece before soldering or brazing
Weld metal structures
Install household appliances
Install/Replace measuring or control devices such as meters or regulators
Install gauges or controls
Install alternative power sources or systems
Cut pipe or piping material for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration, water, or steam lines
Cut openings in existing structures
Cut metal or plastic material
Install plumbing, piping, or water handling systems
Perform basic plumbing
Install water or sewer treatment plant equipment
Bend pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration or water lines
Operate pipe fitting equipment
Bend tubing or conduit
Don/Doff installation, maintenance, or repair related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Connect sections of drill pipe
Cut construction material
Apply adhesives, caulking, or sealants
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured plumbing or piping products by hand
Drill holes in construction materials
Shape construction materials such as wood
Thread pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration, or water lines
Install heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) equipment

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Calculate grades and elevations
Measure workpieces for reference points or cutting lines
Measure the level or depth of water or other liquids
Verify levelness, verticality, or alignment of structures, equipment, or materials
Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly
Estimate construction project labor requirements
Estimate installation, maintenance, or repair related material requirements
Estimate project material requirements
Determine equipment or tool requirements for projects
Estimate project labor requirements
Estimate construction project costs
Estimate installation, maintenance, or repair related project costs

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Fire Protection
Industrial Production
Welding Equipment
Project Management
Schematic Diagrams

Related Licensing Requirements

Plumbing Apprentice (18-0000000128)

860 IAC 2-1-7 Apprenticeship program; approval Authority: IC 25-28.5-1-8; IC 25-28.5-1-38 Affected: IC 25-28.5-1-18.1 Sec. 7. (a) To be approved, an apprenticeship program must do the following: (1) Submit a written request for approval to the commission. (2) Submit in writing the apprenticeship program's curriculum, which must include the: (A) subjects taught; and (B) hours spent teaching each subject. (3) Provide: (A) the address of the apprenticeship program facility; (B) its phone number; and (C) the name of a contact person. (4) Submit proof of the ccreditation required by section 1(2) of this rule. (5) Require the taking and passing of a practical examination as required by section 7.1 of this rule. (b) Approved apprenticeship programs must notify the commission of any change in the items listed in subsection (a)(2) through (a)(4) within thirty (30) days.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana Plumbing Commission (3172343022)

Temporary Plumbing Contractor (18-0000000129)

860 IAC 1-1-8 Temporary plumbing contractor license Authority: IC 25-28.5-1-8; IC 25-28.5-1-38 Affected: IC 25-28.5-1-18.5 Sec. 8. (a) A temporary plumbing contractor license authorized by IC 25-28.5-1-18.5 shall be for six (6) month increments. (b) Such temporary license shall not enable the holder thereof to perform actual plumbing services unless he is a currently licensed journeyman or a currently licensed plumbing contractor. However, the holder of a temporary license may employ a journeyman to perform actual plumbing services pursuant to the temporary license. If the holder is a licensed journeyman, he may perform plumbing contracting under the authority of the temporary license. (c) The temporary license will be granted upon submission of the license fee in the amount of twenty-five dollars ($25) for each six (6) month increment, as well as a fully executed bond on a form supplied by the commission.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana Plumbing Commission (3172343022)

Journeyman Plumber (18-0000000127)

860 IAC 1-3-1 Examination; journeyman plumber Authority: IC 25-28.5-1-8; IC 25-28.5-1-38 Affected: IC 25-28.5-1 Sec. 1. (a) An applicant for the journeyman plumber license must pass the examination required under this section. (b) The journeyman plumber examination shall be multiple choice. (c) An individual must obtain a passing score on the multiple-choice test in order to pass the examination.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana Plumbing Commission (3172343022)

Plumbing Contractor (18-0000000051)

Candidates for licensure must: Be at least 18 years of age. Pass the exam administered by the Commission. Either: Complete 4 years in an apprenticeship program approved by the Commission, OR Present evidence acceptable to the Commission of 4 years experience in the trade, OR Have 4 years work experience under the direction of a licensed plumber. Pay all application and examination fees. Have not been convicted of a crime nor have been subject to disciplinary action that would interfere with the ability to carry out professional duties. Apprenticeships and other non-licensed plumbing jobs have differing requirements. More detailed information may be obtained directly from the Indiana Plumbing Commission.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Indiana Plumbing Commission (3172343022)

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