Plumbers and Pipefitters

Military Career

General Information

Description

Plumbers and pipefitters assemble, install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems.

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Work Environment

Plumbers and pipe fitters work both indoors and outdoors on land and aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Plumbers and Pipefitters in the Military

5,786

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Salary

Average Salary

$55,680

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 60%
  • High school 31%
  • Associate's degree 4%
  • Less than high school 3%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Plumbers and pipefitters in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Installation, operation, and repair of pipe systemsInstallation and repair of plumbing fixtures, boiler controls, water purification and distillation systemsMaintenance and repair of hydraulic and pneumatic systemsMethods of soldering, welding, silver brazing, and cutting

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Building and Construction
  • Design
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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