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Get in the Pipeline Today for a Rewarding Career as a Plumber, Pipefitter or Steamfitter

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are among the largest and highest paid construction occupations. Most people are familiar with plumbers. However, taking a closer look we find that plumbers, pipefit-ters, and steamfitters install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. Work could be in a residential home, in commercial build-ings, at manufacturing plants, water treatment plants, power plants, industrial manufacturing compa-nies, and the list goes on! Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are in short supply in the Gulf Coast region as well as at the state and national level. Demand continues to grow in response to an ever-increasingpopulation and as a growing number of baby boomers retire. The shortage of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters translates into outstanding career opportunities to individuals entering into the workforce. Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters are among the largest and highest paid construction occupations. Most people are familiar with plumbers. However, taking a closer look we find that plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install, maintain and repair many different types of pipe systems that carry water, steam, air or other liquids or gases.

Work could be in a residential home, in commercial buildings, at manufacturing plants, water treatment plants, power plants, industrial manufacturing companies, and the list goes on! Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are in short supply in the Gulf Coast region as well as at the state and national level. Demand continues to grow in response to an ever-increasing population and as a growing number of baby boomers retire. The shortage of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters translates into outstanding career opportunities to individuals entering into the workforce.

Factors contributing to the shortage:

  • A growing population
  • A workforce that is approaching retirement age
  • The underrated value of vocational education

 


The Gulf Coast Region is estimated to need nearly 400 new Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters each year.

The Gulf Coast Region is estimated to need nearly 400 new Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters each year.


The Gulf Coast Region expects to need 12,000+ Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters by 2022.

 The Gulf Coast Region expects to need 12,000+ Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters by 2022.

 

Plumbers earn an average of $23.01 per hour in the Gulf Coast Region. Earnings for this occupation are significantly higher than persons with similar education levels.


Plumbers earn an average of $23.01 per hour in the Gulf Coast Region. Earnings for this occupation are significantly higher than persons with similar education levels.


So what kinds of Plumber, Pipefitter and Steamfitter careers are there?

  • Residential construction, maintenance, and repair
  • Commercial construction, maintenance, and repair
  • Industrial construction, maintenance, and repair

Pathway to Becoming a Plumber

Remember, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters work both indoors and out; at construction sites, in homes, and in businesses or factories. Work may be strenuous at times. Some may have to travel to job sites. Many get paid to learn the trade through apprenticeship programs. In the Gulf Coast region, there are three options for plumber, pipefitter, and steamfitter training:

  • Apprenticeship programs through unions or based on merit (non-union) - combined on-the-job training with related classroom instruction
  • Training programs at community colleges
  • Training programs at vocational-technical institutes

Preparing for a Career as a Plumber

9th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English I

World Geography

Career-Related Electives:
Technology Systems (Modular
Lab Based)

Algebra I

Languages other than English I

Biology

Health/PE or Equivalent

10th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English II

World History

Career-Related Electives:
Construction Systems

Geometry

Languages other than English II

Principles of
Technology I

Technology Applications

11th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English III

United States History

Career-Related Electives:
Energy, Power, and Transportation Systems or Power Technology or Manufacturing Systems

Mathematical Models
with Applications

Communication Applications

Physics

PE or Equivalent

12th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English IV

Government/Economics

Career-Related Electives:
Research Design and Development or
Manufacturing Technology

Algebra II

Fine Arts

Engineering

 

*Source: AchieveTexas.org

Community Colleges that may offer training depending on demandCommunity Colleges - Offering Training Depending on Demand

Apprenticeship Training

Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region

 

*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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