Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (47-2152)

Occupation description:  Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinklerfitters.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 1,5091,521 0.81 2021
United States 425,000474,100 11.54,910 5,61010,520

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 26.9414.6318.53 24.7433.0643.53
Alaska 34.1520.9027.03 33.4841.3348.84
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 32.5420.0025.10 31.3040.1847.96
Fairbanks North Star Borough 34.1218.5327.50 34.4440.5148.74
Southeast Region 35.9424.8332.52 36.8042.4347.46
Balance of State 38.3727.0330.33 36.8245.4654.18

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
2,156588 27.335.6 26.5
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation325
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation222
UI claimants previously working in occupation523
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 634
Number of job position postings 202
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.1

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Fall Protection
Fire Detection and Protection
Fire Prevention
Hazard Communication
Hazard Recognition Training, 16-Hour EM 385-1-1
Hazard Recognition Training, 40-Hour EM 385-1-1
Health Hazards in Construction
Introduction to OSHA - Construction
Introduction to OSHA - General Industry
Lockout and Tagout
Machine Guarding
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for General Industry
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for General Industry
Personal Protective Equipment
Safety Programs and Subpart C
Sprinkler Fitter
Stairways and Ladders
Walking and Working Surfaces

Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10 Hour General Construction
OSHA 30 Hour General Construction

Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
Basic Plumbing
Construction Trades
Construction Trades/Plumbing Systems/Electrical Systems
Electrical Systems/Heating Systems/Plumbing Systems
NCCER Core Curriculum

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Fall Protection - S08

Alaska Works   (Anchorage)
Pipeline Training

AVTEC   (Seward)
Plumbing and Heating Certificate

Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10 hour
OSHA 30 hour

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10/30 Hour General Industry
OSHA Construction Outreach - 10 Hours Certificate
OSHA Construction Outreach - 30 Hours Certificate
OSHA General Industry Outreach - 30 Hours Certificate
Trenching, Excavating & Shoring Certificate

Fairbanks Area Plumber and Pipefitters   (Fairbanks)
Plumbing and Pipefitting Apprenticeship

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Pipefitting Endorsement
Plumbing I Endorsement

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Energy Isolation-Lockout/Tag Out/018
NCCER Pipefitting Level 1/W409 Certificate
NCCER Pipefitting Level 2/W410 Certificate
NCCER Pipefitting Level 3/W411 Certificate
NCCER Pipefitting Level 4/W412 Certificate
OSHA 10 Hour Construction / 020 Training
OSHA 10 Hour General Industry / 021
OSHA 30 Hour Construction / 022
OSHA 30 Hour General Industry / 023
Pipefitting Training Program Certificate

Plumbers & Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee   (Anchorage)
Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship

Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
OSHA Outreach Training, 10 Hour Certificate
OSHA Outreach Training, 30 Hour Certificate
Trenching and Excavation Competent Person Training Certificate

Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Carpentry & Plumbing Certificate

Wisdom & Associates, Inc.   (Kenai)
2009 Uniform Plumbing Code
2009 Uniform Plumbing Code, Alternative Pipe Sizing Methods
2009 Uniform Plumbing Code, Water Heaters
2012 Uniform Plumbing Code
2012 Uniform Plumbing Code, Water Heaters
Domestic Water Heating & Consumption
Domestic Water Heating & Consumption - AHFC Sponsored