Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
SOC: 47-3015.00

Description:

Help plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, or pipelayers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
52,400 employed

Projected (2024):
59,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Apprentice
  • Apprentice Plumber
  • Conduit Helper
  • Drain Technician
  • Fire Sprinkler Fitter
  • Gas Fitter
  • Gas Main Fitter Helper
  • Helper
  • Hydraulic Plumber Helper
  • Industrial Gas Fitter Helper
  • Irrigation Installation Specialist
  • Irrigation Technician
  • Laborer
  • Marine Pipefitter Helper
  • Marine Steam Fitter Helper
  • Mechanic
  • Pipe Coverer Helper
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Pipe Fitter Helper
  • Pipefitter
  • Plumber
  • Plumber Apprentice
  • Plumber Assistant
  • Plumber Cub
  • Plumber Helper
  • Plumber's Helper
  • Plumbing Assembler-Installer
  • Plumbing Warehouse Helper
  • Service Sprinkler Helper
  • Service Technician
  • Sewer Pipe Layer Helper
  • Sprinkler Fitter
  • Sprinkler Fitter Helper
  • Sprinkler Helper
  • Sprinkler Installer
  • Sprinkler Repair Technician
  • Trench Pipe Layer Helper
  • Water Main Inspector
  • Water Main Installer Helper


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Cut or drill holes in walls or floors to accommodate the passage of pipes.
  • Measure, cut, thread and assemble new pipe, placing the assembled pipe in hangers or other supports.
  • Mount brackets and hangers on walls and ceilings to hold pipes, and set sleeves or inserts to provide support for pipes.
  • Requisition tools and equipment, select type and size of pipe, and collect and transport materials and equipment to work site.
  • Fit or assist in fitting valves, couplings, or assemblies to tanks, pumps, or systems, using hand tools.
  • Assist pipe fitters in the layout, assembly, and installation of piping for air, ammonia, gas, and water systems.
  • Excavate and grade ditches, and lay and join pipe for water and sewer service.
  • Cut pipe and lift up to fitters.
  • Disassemble and remove damaged or worn pipe.
  • Clean shop, work area, and machines, using solvent and rags.
  • Install gas burners to convert furnaces from wood, coal, or oil.
  • Immerse pipe in chemical solution to remove dirt, oil, and scale.
  • Clean and renew steam traps.
  • Fill pipes with sand or resin to prevent distortion, and hold pipes during bending and installation.
  • Perform rough-ins, repair and replace fixtures and water heaters, and locate, repair, or remove leaking or broken pipes.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Air hammers
  • Air operated grinders
  • Air pressure gauges
  • Air wire brushes
  • Aligning clamps
  • Allen wrenches
  • Alternating current AC welding equipment
  • Amp meters
  • Angle air grinders
  • Augers
  • Automatic levels
  • Backhoes
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Bandsaws
  • Basin wrenches
  • Basket strainer wrenches
  • Belting slings
  • Bench chain vises
  • Bench vises
  • Bevel grinding machines
  • Bibb seat tools
  • Block and tackle equipment
  • Bolt cutters
  • Boring machines
  • Box end wrenches
  • Brazing equipment
  • Bulldozers
  • Butane torches
  • Cable plows
  • Cable saws
  • Calipers
  • Carpenters' levels
  • Caulking guns
  • Centering head tools
  • Chain falls
  • Chain tongs
  • Chain wrenches
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Circular saws
  • Cleanout plug wrenches
  • Compactors
  • Compound leverage wrenches
  • Comprehensive water gauges
  • Compression sleeve pullers
  • Concrete saws
  • Cordless drills
  • Cordless screwdrivers
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Crowbars
  • Cutoff saws
  • Deburring tools
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Die heads for plastic pipe/conduit
  • Die heads for threading machines
  • Direct current DC arc welder
  • Direct tap machines
  • Ditch pumps
  • Drain cleaning cables
  • Drain cleaning machines
  • Dredges
  • Drill presses
  • Dump trucks
  • Dumpy levels
  • End pipe wrenches
  • Excavators
  • Expanding-jaw pliers
  • Explosimeters
  • Facing machines
  • Faucet handle pullers
  • Faucet stem and cartridge pullers
  • Fill pumps
  • Flaring tools
  • Flat files
  • Flow gauges
  • Forklifts
  • Four-in-one keys
  • Gas leak detection devices
  • Gasket cutters
  • Generators
  • Graders
  • Hacksaws
  • Hand spinners
  • Hand tachometers
  • Heavy duty water pressure gauges
  • Hex wrenches
  • Hole cutting tools
  • Hollow core socket wrenches
  • Horizontal boring machines
  • Hydraulic cranes
  • Hydraulic valve turners
  • Hydrostatic testers
  • Impact hammers
  • Impact screwdrivers
  • Impact wrenches
  • Internal wrenches
  • Ladders
  • Laser levels
  • Lathes
  • Light pickup trucks
  • Line locators
  • Magnetic circle layout tools
  • Magnetic locators
  • Manlifts
  • Manual benders
  • Manual screw jacks
  • Maximum reading water pressure gauges
  • Measuring tapes
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Mini hacksaws
  • Mini tubing cutters
  • Moisture meters
  • Monkey wrench sets
  • Motor-driven brushes
  • Motor-driven grinders
  • Mud pumps
  • Narrow mouth shovels
  • Non-contact infrared thermometers
  • Null locators
  • Offset grinders
  • Offset pipe wrenches
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oilers
  • One stop wrenches
  • Optical levels
  • Pedestal grinders
  • Pedestal sink wrenches
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pigs
  • Pipe benders
  • Pipe bending mandrels
  • Pipe beveling machines
  • Pipe cutters
  • Pipe cutting machines
  • Pipe extractors
  • Pipe flange aligners
  • Pipe freezing kits
  • Pipe lasers
  • Pipe threaders
  • Pipe threading machines
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Pipelayers
  • Pipeline jacks
  • Plasma cutting guides
  • Plastic nut basin wrenches
  • Plumbers' pliers
  • Plumbers' snakes
  • Plungers
  • Pneumatic drills
  • Pneumatic wire brushes
  • Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters
  • Polyvinyl chloride PVC saws
  • Pop-up plug wrenches
  • Portable grinders
  • Portable welding machines
  • Power drills
  • Power spinners
  • Powered tampers
  • Pressurized water pigs
  • Propane torches
  • Pry bars
  • Pulleys
  • Radius markers
  • Rapwrenches
  • Rat-tail files
  • Ratchet wrenches
  • Ratcheting box wrenches
  • Reamers
  • Rebar locators
  • Reciprocating pipe saws
  • Reciprocating saws
  • Right-angle drills
  • Rodders
  • Roll groovers
  • Root ranger jetter nozzles
  • Rotary hammers
  • Round point shovels
  • Rubber strap wrenches
  • Safety harnesses
  • Sand pumps
  • Sandblasters
  • Scaffolding
  • Seat dressers
  • Seat wrenches
  • Sewage pumps
  • Sewer tapes
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Shower valve socket wrenches
  • Shut-off keys
  • Six-step faucet seat wrenches
  • Sledgehammers
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Snakes
  • Soil pipe cutters
  • Soldering equipment
  • Soldering irons
  • Spiral ratchet pipe reamers
  • Split bubble levels
  • Spud wrenches
  • Staple guns
  • Stationary grinders
  • Stillson wrenches
  • Straight pipe wrenches
  • Straight-fluted pipe reamers
  • Strap wrenches
  • Sump pumps
  • Swaging tools
  • Tapping tools
  • Telescopic inspection mirrors
  • Telescoping basin wrenches
  • Test pumps
  • Thread repair files
  • Tin snips
  • Tirfors
  • Torch cutter guides
  • Torches
  • Track loaders
  • Tractor pipe carrier attachments
  • Tractors with backhoe attachments
  • Tractors with loader attachments
  • Transit levels
  • Transmitters
  • Trenchers
  • Trutest smoke detectors
  • Tub drain removers
  • Tube bending springs
  • Tube crimping tools
  • Tubing cutters
  • Tuggers
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Two way radios
  • Two-hole pins
  • Ultrasonic leak detectors
  • Universal nut wrenches
  • Utility pumps
  • Vacuum gauges
  • Vacuum plungers
  • Vertical bandsaws
  • Vibration analyzers
  • Video diagnostic tools
  • Voltmeters
  • Water heater element removal wrenches
  • Water jetters
  • Water meter keys
  • Water pressure gauges
  • Water pump pliers
  • Water samplers
  • Water stoppers
  • Welding clamps
  • Welding hoods
  • Wheel loaders
  • Wide roll pipe cutters
  • Winches
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire tracers


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580