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Helpers—Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters - What They Do


Helpers—Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters generally receive Short-term on-the-job training before they are capable of performing their job at an acceptable level. Once employed, Helpers—Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters can expect to earn an average of $27,000 per year throughout their career.

In addition, over the next 10 years Helpers—Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters will be one of the fastest growing occupations. They should experience a 11.9% rate of growth during this time period. In respect to starting your own business, Helpers—Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters rarely feel the entrepreneurial itch. Currently, 2.9% of the employment base is classified as self-employed.

Given the job environment today, it should come as no surprise that Helpers—Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters are being hit extremely hard. Unemployment levels currently stand at 14.0%.

Academic Programs of Interest

Gasfitter
A Domestic or Commercial Gasfitter program teaches a student how to install, test, maintain and repair propane and natural gas lines, appliances, equipment and accessories in residential and commercial premises. A Gasfitter Program will usually take 2 years to complete. Some of the key areas of study ...more
Pipefitter
The Pipefitter Program will teach a student how to use blueprints and project specifications to construct and repair piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals and fuel. Steamfitters are typically Pipefitters who specialize in pipe systems that move liquids or gases under high pressure. The ...more
Plumber
A Plumbers Program will teach a student how to install, alter and repair the systems that keep our water and waste disposal systems running. A student will learn how to read and interpret blueprints and project specifications. The Plumbing Program will generally take a student 4 years to complete. ...more