Typical job roles

Pipefitters/Fabricator fit and fabricate pipework and plate for process, manufacturing equipment or operations.

The Pipefitter/Fabricator forms an important part of the fabrication team to ensure that structures, pipe work and other items are fabricated in line with specification and in a safe manner. This role may be based in a workshop or on a process plant. Shift-work may be necessary.


Typical Tasks

  • Checks correct part numbers are used before assembly.
  • Follows engineering and fabrication instructions and drawings to cut and shape all items required using a variety of tools and equipment, some of which require special training, including; flame cutting machines/equipment.
  • Cuts pipes, steelwork to size using cutting equipment in preparation for assembly.
  • Undertakes drilling, sawing and grinding duties.
  • Fabricates pipework and steel plate to standards required
  • Grinds ends of casing in preparation for welding.
  • Updates job status sheets.

Entry criteria

4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and Math’s for a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard


Typical duration

42-48 months


Career/progression opportunities

Chargehand, Workshop Supervisor, Quality Inspector


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