Pipefitters are employed predominantly in the oil and gas fabrication and construction industry. They are involved in the fabrication and construction of oil and gas equipment and major production facilities.  They are responsible for fabricating and installing production-related pipework for offshore or drilling / well operations.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Follows engineering instructions and drawings
  • Checks correct part numbers are used before assembly
  • Updates job status sheets
  • Fabricates pipework to standards required
  • Cuts pipes/casing to size using cutting equipment in preparation for assembly
  • Grinds ends of casing in preparation for welding
  • Maintains pipefitting equipment in a safe and usable condition, and in line with pipefitting regulations
  • Removes any items of pipefitting equipment which is deemed to be unsafe or beyond repair
  • Works in a safe manner at all times, ensuring that the permit to work system is followed
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Pipefitters form an important part of a fabrication / construction team to ensure that structures, pipe work and other items are fabricated in line with specification and in a safe manner. Pipefitters are normally employed by specialist companies or construction firms who provide pipefitting services both offshore and onshore. They may be based onshore in a workshop or construction yard, or offshore on a platform or drilling rig. By the nature of activity, much of the work is conducted outside and involves working at height and in all weathers. The role will involve shift work, which may have early starts and late finishes.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Relevant Trade Apprenticeship or equivalent e.g. in fabrication or welding
  • Recognised industrial Pipefitting qualification
  • Relevant experience as an industrial Pipefitter
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Trades test/certification

Employers might also look for:

  • Construction Skills
  • Offshore experience
  • General labourer experience
  • Experience on different types of pipework