HELPERS - PIPELAYERS, PLUMBERS, PIPEFITTERS, AND STEAMFITTERS


ABOUT THE JOB

Help plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, or pipelayers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Fit or assist in fitting valves, couplings, or assemblies to tanks, pumps, or systems, using hand tools.
  • Immerse pipe in chemical solution to remove dirt, oil, and scale.
  • Clean and renew steam traps.
  • Clean shop, work area, and machines, using solvent and rags.
  • Fill pipes with sand or resin to prevent distortion, and hold pipes during bending and installation.
  • Excavate and grade ditches, and lay and join pipe for water and sewer service.
  • Install gas burners to convert furnaces from wood, coal, or oil.
  • Mount brackets and hangers on walls and ceilings to hold pipes, and set sleeves or inserts to provide support for pipes.
  • Requisition tools and equipment, select type and size of pipe, and collect and transport materials and equipment to work site.
  • Disassemble and remove damaged or worn pipe.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE

  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

AT A GLANCE

EDUCATION REQUIRED

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

WAGES

In 2015, the average annual wage in a Tennessee was $29,090 with most people making betweeen $20,510 and $40,100

WAGES BY INDUSTRY

Building Equipment Contractors: $27,440.00

Nonresidential Building Construction: $30,250.00

Other Specialty Trade Contractors: $27,570.00

Utility System Construction: $29,760.00