Pipelayer, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter Helper

Job Summary

Responsible for assembling and installing pipe systems and pipe supports. Ensures ground is prepped and trenches dug out for pipes. Aligns pipes and seals joints together with cement or glue.

Primary responsibilities

  • Coordinate with job site manager to configure pipe system layout.
  • Order proper pipes and other materials.
  • Select supports, hangers, and hydraulic cylinders.
  • Assemble materials at job site.
  • Select type and size of pipe.
  • Cut, thread, and hammer pipes according to pipe system specs.
  • Use saws and cutting torches to craft proper pipe sizes.
  • Turn off steam, water, or gas from pipe section.
  • Secure pipes to walls and fixtures using brackets, clamps, tools or welding equipment.
  • Secure pipes to radiators or tanks.
  • Repair and maintain pipe systems and components.
  • Resolve problems such as obstructions or holes.
  • Dip nonferrous piping materials in molten tin and lead to prevent erosion, or galvanic and electrolytic action.
  • Configure pipe routes.
  • Align pipes in pipeline sections.
  • Dig trenches with trenching tools.
  • Slide pipe into trenches.
  • Tell tractor driver where to move pipe in preparation for welding.
  • Insert spaces in between pipes.
  • Pull out defective or misaligned pipes.
  • Correct alignments with sledgehammers.
  • Inspect places where pipes are fitted together to ensure pipes are spaced out properly and according to specifications.
  • Lay pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, and water mains.
  • Grade trenches or culverts.
  • Seal joints.
  • Use glue or welding equipment to ensure pipes are tightly fitted.
  • Ensure pipes are fitted and aligned using grade rods or transit levels.
  • Cover pipes with dirt or other material.
  • Drill holes into pipes for auxiliary lines.
  • Perform continual maintenance on pipes and replace those needing repair.
  • Utilize magnetic or radio indicators.

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