A pipe welder is an individual who assembles, installs and maintains pipes for various systems and projects. He is assigned to complete welds on pipes by following strict standards and procedures, along with ensuring that hangers, valves and support structures are properly installed and maintained.
To work as a pipe welder, you have to be physically fit and dexterous. Since you will be battling harsh weather and working in cramped places, you will need to be able to handle it all without complain. A high school diploma or a GED is typically sufficient to be considered eligible to work at this position. However, you may be asked to provide proof of apprenticeship or training in some instances, even though, most training is done on the job.
As a pipe welder, you will be required to possess knowledge of the tools and equipment that is required to work at this position. Some insight into the strength and welding characteristics of different types of metals will also be considered important when working at this position. The ability to interpret blueprints, diagrams and schematics is also required when applying for this position, as are the skills in recognizing the mechanical functions of moving parts, and applying this knowledge to welding projects.
Some of the main duties of a pipe welder are listed below:
• Study schematics, diagrams and blueprints to determine layout of pipes and devise welding plans
• Install and verify operation of high pressure steel gas pipe and fittings, and fabricate and install steel fittings on water / gas mains
• Measure pipe routings and fabricate them to fit existing in-line piping systems
• Plan and layout sequence of installation procedures to avoid obstruction in pipe laying and welding activities
• Assemble and install a variety of metal pipes and pipe fittings for both carbon steel and stainless projects
• Install pipe related equipment such as hangers, supports and hydraulic cylinders
• Secure pipes to structures with clamps, brackets and hangers using hand tools
• Remove slag and rough spots by operating portable grinders or scrapers, to ensure smooth work surfaces
• Apply knowledge of metallurgy and geometry to determine required equipment, tools and welding methods
• Clean, prepare and install pipes with various fittings and weld joints according to standardized protocols
• Thread pipes using threading machines and assemble and install a variety of metal and nonmetal pipes and fittings using the threading method
• Adjust flames, gauges and flames to ensure appropriate handling of compressed gas or water pressure