Welder/Pipe Fitter

What Does A Welder/Pipe Fitter Do?

A pipe fitter prepares pipes to be welded together using a variety of methods and couplings.  Welders permanently connect the pipes.  The welder/pipe fitter in the featured video engages in both of these activities. 

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How Do I Become A Welder/Pipe Fitter?

Completing a trade school program or an apprenticeship directly through a company is required to work in this position. 

What is the Average Salary For A Welder/Pipe Fitter?

High – 90,000
Median – 50,000
Low – 30,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Welder/Pipe Fitter?

  • Trade-related courses
  • Welding
  • Math

What Is The Work Environment For A Welder/Pipe Fitter?

A welder/pipe fitter will likely work in a very hot, sometimes uncomfortable environment. Being in good physical condition is definitely a plus…so don’t cancel that gym membership! Heavy lifting is required!

What Is The Future Outlook For A Welder/Pipe Fitter?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada