Are you searching for a contracted or permanent pipefitter positions within the energy sector? On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about finding a pipefitter role, details on the skills and qualifications you will need and the responsibilities the job entails.
What does a pipefitter job entail?
As a pipefitter, you will form an important part of a fabrication/construction team to ensure structures, piping systems and other items are fabricated in line with specific specifications and in a safe manner.
You will need to have a keen eye for detail to ensure joints are correctly fitted to avoid any leakages which may cause issues. You will have to produce diagrams, put together fabricated pipework, prepare lists and check off part numbers in preparation for welding.
Pipefitters are often exposed to hazardous or dangerous materials, environments, and other risks normal to the construction industry. If you are pursuing this career, you should have experience and tolerance of working in hazardous environments.
Pipefitters are normally employed by specialist companies or construction firms who provide pipefitting services both offshore and onshore. They may be based onshore in a workshop or construction yard, or offshore on a platform or drilling rig.
By the nature of activity, much of the work is conducted outside and involves working at height and in all weather. The role will involve shift work, which may have early starts and late finishes. This role involves working as part of a wider team on a daily basis to ensure that all equipment is properly used, maintained and that the entire team is safe and secure.
Whilst there are lots of jobs offshore, this role also has many onshore job positions (which can be a useful path to securing more lucrative offshore contracts).
Responsibilities of a pipefitter typically include:
Following engineering instructions and drawings
Monitoring the daily progress of drilling operations
Checking correct part numbers are used before assembly
Updating job status sheets
Fabricating pipework to standards required
Cutting pipes/casing to size using cutting equipment in preparation for assembly
Grinding ends of casing in preparation for welding
Maintaining pipefitting equipment in a safe and usable condition in line with pipefitting regulations
Removing any items of pipefitting equipment which is deemed to be unsafe or beyond repair
Working in a safe manner at all times, ensuring that the permit to work system is followed
Reporting any breaches of safety procedures to supervision/management
Actively participating in and promoting company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures and ensuring the personal safety of colleagues at all times.
Which companies are hiring pipefitter professionals?
Industrial pipefitter vacancies are often advertised by major oil companies around the world. There are key areas for oil and gas companies internationally so it’s common for employers to recruit new talent internationally.
Typical employers include:
Operating companies (usually oil companies) that hold exploration and production licences
Energy companies with contracts to perform.
A wide range of other major contractors and companies offering specialist technical services.
In addition to oil and gas companies, there are organisations in other sectors that employ pipefitters. These industries include:
Construction - pipefitters in the construction industry work on non-residential projects on pipes for storage facilities, manufacturing plants and chemical plants, in addition to other structures. They can also work on utility construction projects, working on the building of pipes to distribute liquids and gases such as sewage, water, petroleum, gas and power.
Natural gas - natural gas distributors have a variety of pipelines and gas mains, usually below the street, carrying gas to customers. Pipefitters in this industry help to transport natural gas to the end-user.
What qualifications do I need to become a pipefitter?
You will need to have a basic education for a pipefitter role as an apprentice and a higher education or equivalent required for senior roles (such as a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field).
Experience in Welding or Fabrication will always be beneficial as will direct experience on pipework. In terms of training, you should aim to hold a coded welding certificate as well as some abrasive wheels training.
In addition, to work offshore, you will require valid basic offshore certificates including:
It is likely that an employer will also ask for other certificates. It’s always a good idea to look at a range of job posts to identify commonly requested training requirements. Due to the type of environments you will be working in, possessing a strong work ethic, a keen eye for detail, and an impeccable background record will help you excel in this position.
Work experience is also essential when applying for a pipefitter job. Employers will typically look for candidates who have previous experience working within the energy, process and infrastructure industries. You should also have experience in working with pipe systems and pipe supports and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.
Airswift is a recruitment company that understands the energy, process and infrastructure sectors. For over 40 years and we have placed thousands of pipefitters into roles. We also have an international presence with more than 60 offices across the globe. Airswift is an international entity with head offices in Singapore, Manchester and Houston. We can help you find onshore and offshore pipefitter jobs in countries all over the world.
If your job requires you to relocate overseas, we can make the transition as smooth as possible. We can provide support for travel, documentation, housing and more.
Are you an employer looking for pipefitters to join your company?
If you’re an employer or hiring manager looking for talent to fill your pipefitter positions, we can help. Airswift can take care of all details when it comes to HR such as:
This will give you more time to run your business.
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