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Pipe engineer,Pipe fitter,Pipe welder-fitter

Job Description: 

Workers in this unit group install pipe systems and maintain and repair pipes in major utilities, industrial and construction settings and sites.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may expect entrants to possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is usually via apprenticeship including practical experience and technical training. NVQs/SVQs in Mechanical Engineering Services (Plumbing) at Levels 2 and 3 are available.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details


The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 7
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 13.3
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details


  • examines drawings and specifications to determine layout of piping;
  • measures and cuts required lengths of copper, lead, steel, iron, aluminium or plastic piping using hand or machine tools;
  • installs pipes for heating, ventilating, fire prevention, water and similar systems in industrial and construction settings, including oil rigs and terminals, sewerage systems and other mains networks;
  • fits piping into position and joins sections by welding, soldering, cementing, fusing, screwing or by other methods;
  • tests pipe work for leaks and makes necessary adjustments.
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