Marine Pipefitter

Boats require piping systems for several different purposes including the transportation of water heat steam cold air sprinkler systems and gas. The professionals who are trained to install and fit all of this piping together are called marine pipefitters. Marine pipefitter install maintain and repair the piping on boats ships and all types of marine vessels. While there are pipefitters who are experienced with piping in buildings and other land structures marine pipefitters work specifically on boat piping and are able to assemble piping systems according to the blueprints of all types of boats. Because of the nature of the job marine pipefitters must be able to measure cut bend fuse piping together using various types of tools and welding equipment. The importance of joining piping together correctly is essential because leaking pipes are not safe especially on a boat that is sailing in the middle of the ocean far from help of any kind. Other duties and responsibilities of a marine pipefitter include maintaining a boat’s electrical and water pipes reporting and fixing any damaged piping and keeping careful records of maintenance checks. Because of safety hazards with leaking or bad piping marine pipefitters conduct routine maintenance checks. Marine pipefitters must be skilled at using various types of tools they must be mechanically inclined and they must be able to read and understand blueprints so they can install piping in the correct manner. In order to become a marine pipefitter the first step is to obtain a high school diploma. The next step is to enroll in an apprenticeship program which can last up to five years. While working as an apprentice a low salary is usually provided. The website www.indeed.com states that the average salary of a marine pipefitter is $49000 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $49000
High Salary: $53000
Low Salary: $45000
Tasks: Installs, fixes and maintains pipes in a marine vessel.
Works on water and electrical pipes.
Ensures there are no breakdowns in piping systems.
Inspects pipes and detects malfunctions.
Also Called: Marine Plumber
Steam Fitter
Pipe Assembly Man
Pipe Connector
Additional Resources: http://www.oceancareers.com/2.0/career_description.php?career_id=29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipefitter
http://www.samplejobdescriptions.org/pipefitter-job-description.html