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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Pipefitters work in the heavy manufacturing industry. They lay out, install and maintain piping systems that provide steam heat, power, water, hydraulic pressure, air pressure and oil. They bend, cut, weld and bracket pipe; repair, pack and adjust valves; test installed equipment for leaks and check that the system meets government specifications.
Working Conditions
Pipefitters work primarily in manufacturing plants and sometimes in shops. Conditions may be noisy, or warm or cold to extremes. Welding fumes and dust are often present. A pipefitter´s protective gear is cumbersome and heavy.
Beginning apprentices start at 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved.
Length of Apprenticeship
This apprenticeship lasts three to four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 hours per year of related training and a total of 6,400 to 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent.
Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
Apprenticeship Committees 
MA# 1043 
OR SW-WA NW-CA Metal Trades Pipefitters JATC
503-691-1997 or 1-800-452-2912
MA# 2022
Mid-Valley Steamfitters/Pipefitters JATC
Area 1, 2
Go to the Occupational Summaries List.
Go to the Apprenticeship Opportunities Statewide.