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Lays out, assembles, installs, or maintains pipe systems, pipe supports, or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, or industrial production or processing systems.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

Cut, thread, or hammer pipes to specifications, using tools such as saws, cutting torches, pipe threaders, or pipe benders
Lay out full scale drawings of pipe systems, supports, or related equipment, according to blueprints
Assemble or secure pipes, tubes, fittings, or related equipment, according to specifications, by welding, brazing, cementing, soldering, or threading joints
Measure and mark pipes for cutting or threading
Inspect, examine, or test installed systems or pipe lines, using pressure gauge, hydrostatic testing, observation, or other methods
Plan pipe system layout, installation, or repair, according to specifications
Attach pipes to walls, structures, or fixtures, such as radiators or tanks, using brackets, clamps, tools, or welding equipment
Modify, clean, or maintain pipe systems, units, fittings, or related machines or equipment, using hand or power tools
Select pipe sizes, types, or related materials, such as supports, hangers, or hydraulic cylinders, according to specifications
Cut or bore holes in structures, such as bulkheads, decks, walls, or mains, prior to pipe installation, using hand or power tools
Install automatic controls to regulate pipe systems
Shut off steam, water, or other gases or liquids from pipe sections, using valve keys or wrenches
Remove and replace worn components
Inspect work sites for obstructions or holes that could cause structural weakness
Install fixtures, appliances, or equipment designed to reduce water or energy consumption
Install pipe systems to support alternative energy-fueled systems, such as geothermal heating and cooling systems
Install or test gray water systems, such as recycling, treatment, or irrigation systems
Prepare cost estimates for clients
Operate motorized pumps to remove water from flooded manholes, basements, or facility floors
Dip nonferrous piping materials in a mixture of molten tin and lead to obtain a coating that prevents erosion or galvanic or electrolytic action
Operate University of Florida (UF) vehicles

Education and Experience

Completion of an approved apprenticeship program in pipe/steam fitting, or a high school diploma and four years of appropriate experience; appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience

Licensure and Certification

Florida Class E operator (driver) license


Works under immediate or general supervision
May lead a team or directly supervise

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