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  • James Victor Vitort (1923 - 1996)
    GEDCOM Source ===@R-1046192320@ U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 Operations Inc 1,3693::0 === GEDCOM Source ===Number: 353-12-6483; Issue State: Illinois; Issue Da...
  • Clarence DeWitt Kornegay (1918 - 2004)
    Daily Herald, 1 Feb 2004 Arlington Heights, IL"Clarence D. Kornegay of Des Plaines "A memorial Mass for Clarence D. "Tex" Kornegay, 85, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Stephen Catholic Chu...
  • Van Berg/Berge Briggs (1889 - 1962)
    Updated 10/26/2019(CLM):Photo from Ms.C. Mathews-Hull. Photo may have been taken in 1915.I have very little to go on. V.B.Briggs was an absent father . Also, he was described as a gambler who ran up de...
  • Walter J. Wassinger (1914 - 1993)
    Name: Walter J. Wassinger Born: 16 Jul 1914, Hays, Kansas Died: 17 Jul 1993, Proviso, Cook, IL Age: 79 Father: Andrew Wassinger Mother: Anna Porubsky Marital Status: Married Spouse: Larene Hustead Addr...

A pipefitter or steamfitter is a tradesperson who installs, assembles, fabricates, maintains, and repairs mechanical piping systems. Pipefitters usually begin as helpers or apprentices. Journeyman pipefitters deal with industrial/commercial/marine piping and heating/cooling systems. Typical industrial process pipe is under high pressure, which requires metals such as carbon steel, stainless steel, and many different alloy metals fused together through precise cutting, threading, grooving, bending, and welding. A plumber concentrates on lower pressure piping systems for sewage and potable tap water in the industrial, commercial, institutional, or residential atmosphere. Utility piping typically consists of copper, PVC, CPVC, polyethylene, and galvanized pipe, which is typically glued, soldered, or threaded. Other types of piping systems include steam, ventilation, hydraulics, chemicals, fuel, and oil.

In Canada, pipefitting is classified as a compulsory trade, and carries a voluntary "red seal" inter-provincial standards endorsement. Pipefitter apprenticeships are controlled and regulated provincially, and in some cases allow for advance standing in similar trades upon completion.

In the United States, many states require pipefitters to be licensed. Requirements differ from state to state, but most include a four- to five-year apprenticeship. Union pipefitters are required to pass an apprenticeship test (often called a "turn-out exam") before becoming a licensed journeyman. Others can be certified by NCCER (formerly the National Center for Construction Education and Research).

Pipefitters install, assemble, fabricate, maintain, repair, and troubleshoot pipe carrying fuel, chemicals, water, steam, and air in heating, cooling, lubricating, and various other process piping systems. Pipefitters are employed in the maintenance departments of power stations, refineries, offshore installations, factories, and similar establishments, by pipefitting contractors.

Scope of work:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Detailing
  • CAD drawing coordinators
  • Layout
  • Pipe threading
  • Pipe grinding
  • Plasma cutting
  • Gas arc cutting
  • Rigging
  • Brazing
  • Soldering
  • Mitering
  • Tube bending
  • Valve installation and repair
  • Mechanical pipe cutting and grooving
  • Supports and hanger installation
  • Preparation and installation of medical gas piping
  • Welding (MiG, GMAW, TiG, SMAW, Orbital)