A Pipefitter's entry level salary ranges from P8,000 - P10,000 per month and may even go up to P13,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. In the Middle East, where a large number of OFWs are employed, the monthly salary for a pipefitter is $800 on the average.
Basic Educational Requirement
Pipefitters get their education and training in various ways - in apprenticeship programs, informally on-the-job, and in technical/vocational training institutions. In general, the more skills needed for the job, the more education and training are required to qualify. Many entrants of this type of occupation must have basic knowledge of plumbing. However, most employers prefer to hire high school graduates and those who have undergone apprenticeship program and training under the supervision of TESDA and its accredited training schools.
Cost of Education *
The training cost for a pipefitter approximately ranges from P5,000 - P7,000 in private technical schools and about P2,000 to P4,500 in public institutions.
Demand for pipefitters will be driven by maintenance activities for places having extensive systems of pipes, such as power plants, water and waste water treatment plants, office buildings, and factories. Pipefitters may be employed in the following industries: Mining and Quarrying, Manufacturing, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply, Construction, and Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities.
Prospects for Career Advancement
Career advancement is dependent on pursuing additional training. Some pipefitters become supervisors for mechanical and plumbing contractors, others go into business themselves and eventually become owners of businesses employing many workers and may spend most of their time as managers rather than as pipefitters. Others move into closely related areas such as construction management and building inspection.
Nature of Work
A pipefitter lays out, assembles, fabricates, maintains and repairs piping systems. He/She deals with industrial process piping, heating/cooling systems, and boiler installations. Typical industrial process pipe is under high pressure which requires metals such as carbon steel, stainless sheet, and many alloy metals fused together through precisely cutting, threading, grooving, bending and welding.
- Studies blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the type of pipe and tools to use, and lay out the sequence of task;
- Makes detailed sketches for pipe and equipment fabrication and installation;
- Measures, cuts, threads, grooves, bends, assembles and installs metal, plastic and fiber glass pipes, valves and fittings;
- Joins pipe sections, related equipment and secure in position;
- Uses testing equipment to check systems for leaks; and
- Removes and replaces worn components, do general maintenance work and may work on plant shut-downs.
Skills and Competencies
- Ability to read and interpret blueprints and specifications;
- Good mechanical aptitude;
- Ability to use various hand or power tools used for measuring , cutting, threading, grooving, bending, soldering, brazing, welding, assembling, joining and installing pipes, valves and fittings;
- Ability to read and understand complex instructions; and
- Ability to do careful and exacting work.
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
- Physically fit;
- Manual dexterity;
- Strong communication and analytical skills; and
- Close attention to details.
* Based on 2011 rates.