A pipefitter will fit fabricated pipework on an offshore rig. You will be required to have an excellent eye for detail to ensure that joints are correctly fitted to avoid any leakages. You will have to take drawings and put together fabricated pipework, checking off part numbers and preparing them for welding.

Whilst there are lots of jobs offshore, this role also has many onshore job positions which are a good way to get into the offshore sector.

Salary and Progression

A typical starting salary will be £20,000+ once you have experience this could rise to around £30,000. From pipefitting you could aim to work as a mechanical technician or go into Non Destructive Testing.

Training and Experience Requirements

An apprenticeship in Welding or Fabrication will always be beneficial as will direct experience on pipework. In terms of training you should aim to have a coded welding certificate as well as some abrasive wheels training.

In addition, to work offshore, you will require valid basic offshore certificates including:

  • MIST
  • CA-EBS
  • Shoulder Measurements
  • Offshore Medical

It is likely that an employer will ask for other certificates too. It’s always a good idea to look at a range of job posts to identify commonly requested training requirements.