Military buildings and equipment require pipe systems for water, steam, gas, and waste. Pipe systems are also needed on
aircraft, missiles, and ships for hydraulic (fluid pressure) and pneumatic (air pressure) systems. Plumbers and pipe
fitters install and repair plumbing and pipe systems.
What They Do
Plumbers and pipe fitters in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
- Plan layouts of pipe systems using blueprints and drawings
- Bend, cut, and thread pipes made of lead, copper, and plastic
- Install connectors, fittings, and joints
- Solder or braze pipe and tubing to join them
- Install sinks, toilets, and other plumbing fixtures
- Troubleshoot, test, and calibrate hydraulic and pneumatic systems
Helpful school subjects include math and shop mechanics. Helpful attributes include:
- Ability to work with detailed plans
- Preference for doing physical work
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in repairing plumbing systems. Course content
- Installation, operation, and repair of pipe systems
- Installation and repair of plumbing fixtures and boiler controls
- Maintenance and repair of hydraulic and pneumatic systems
- Methods of soldering, welding, silver brazing, and cutting
Plumbers and pipe fitters work both indoors and outdoors on land and aboard ships.
Civilian plumbers and pipe fitters usually work for mechanical or plumbing contractors or as self-employed contractors.
Some plumbers and pipe fitters work for public utilities. Civilian plumbers and pipe fitters perform duties similar to
those performed in the military.