Marine Pipefitter

Install and maintain piping systems on boats and submarines.

What does a Marine Pipefitter do?

A Marine Pipefitter is in charge of installing and maintaining pipes on boats, including barges, naval vessels, ferries, dredges, and tankers. Just as blood vessels — the human body’s network of “pipes” — are essential to a person’s health and well-being, a boat’s internal plumbing is vital to its sound performance. Boats are powered by a labyrinth of pipes that carry gas, steam, and water to various engine parts, just like blood vessels carrying oxygen, hormones, and nutrients to the cells that need them.

To maintain their pipes, people need a Doctor. To maintain theirs, boats need a Marine Pipefitter.

As a Marine Pipefitter, you’re dedicated exclusively to the layout, assembly, installation, and maintenance of piping infrastructure on marine vessels. These vessels have various piping systems for firefighting, bilge water, hydraulic steering, sanitation, potable water, hot water heating, fuel, and exhaust.

That means you’re not like a Plumber, who installs and repairs the water and waste disposal systems in homes and businesses. Therefore, you don’t spend your days installing faucets and fixing toilets. Instead, you spend them following complex sets of blueprints that were created by Marine Engineers. On a daily basis, you decide what type of pipe to use, then execute the steps required to install it, including measuring, cutting, threading, bending, and soldering.

Because a pipe leak can be disastrous at sea, you also diagnose and repair broken pipes, and conduct preventive maintenance on worn equipment. At the end of the day, therefore, you’re basically a Cardiologist for boats!