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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 1,4811,480 -0.154 99153
United States 480,600555,800 15.618,800 34,70061,020

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 28.7515.7119.82 26.5235.2846.72
Alaska 38.2826.3530.93 38.0245.2549.96
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 38.7126.2031.08 39.7546.1550.36
Fairbanks North Star Borough 41.2126.4432.11 39.3947.5664.87
Balance of State 34.9226.5530.01 34.6440.2545.85

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,894434 22.935.9 26.4
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation346
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation220
UI claimants previously working in occupation583
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 721
Number of job position postings 69
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 10.4

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
Pipefitter Apprenticeship
Safety Programs and Subpart C
Sprinkler Fitter Apprenticeship
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)
Construction Trades
Construction Trades/Plumbing Systems/Electrical Systems
NCCER Core Curriculum

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Fall Protection - S08

Alaska Works   (Anchorage)
Pipeline Training

American Health and Safety, LLC   (Fairbanks)
OSHA 10 Hours
OSHA 30 Hours

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 I Endorsement
Plumbing I Endorsement

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Energy Isolation-Lockout/Tag Out/018
OSHA 10 Hour Construction / 020 Training
OSHA 10 Hour General Industry / 021
OSHA 30 Hour Construction / 022
OSHA 30 Hour General Industry / 023

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

TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
OSHA Compliance Training

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