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Pipefitter – What Do They Do?

At PTL, one of the many jobs performed by our crews is Pipefitting, but just what does a pipefitter do?

A pipefitter is a tradesperson trained in organizing, assembling, creating and maintaining mechanical piping systems that must withstand high pressure.

This position is often confused with a plumber. But plumbers work with low-pressure piping systems, such as utilities. Pipefitters work more in welding than in water or water sanitation.

Pipefitters work with metals like stainless steel or other alloy metals. These metals are shaped through welding and bending to fit specifications for industrial use. Fitters are involved in the process from planning to installation, and will work with tools such as levels, grinders, dies, and welding torches.

Often times, pipefitters will create a sketch or blueprint of pipe installation, or be called upon to interpret existing blueprints. The fitter is also responsible for selecting the type and size of the pipe. He will then manipulate the metal to form the pipes according to specifications.

Types of manipulation that a pipefitter will perform on pipes and metal include:

  • Threading
  • Grinding
  • Welding
  • Cutting
  • Rigging
  • Brazing
  • Soldering
  • Bending

When the pipes are ready, the fitter will transport them to the location site and install them. Tests are then made to check for leaks, support issues, and performance against high-pressure environments.

Pipefitters are also called up on to repair existing systems or replace pipes as needed.

If your project needs an experienced crew, call on PTL.

We utilize more than 30 years of industrial experience to tackle our industry’s toughest challenges with innovative solutions. Our reputation for customer satisfaction and quality, as well as competitive pricing, and experience make PTL a trusted source for businesses of all sizes. If you have any questions, give us a call at (931) 647-0675 or contact us today.

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