The job of a pipe layer is somewhat similar to that of a pipe fitter, but there are some significant differences involved. For the most part, a pipe layer would be concerned with the actual placement of the pipes and laying them down in their appropriate spots, while the pipe fitter would be the one to ensure they’re connected neatly between themselves and that they’re secured tightly in the spots they’ve been laid in. Often, the pipe layer works in teams with other pipe layers in the first stage of the process, leaving the other stages to the pipe fitters.
Similarly to the job of a pipe fitter, getting hired as a pipe layer isn’t difficult and takes no higher degree of education than a high school diploma in most cases. Again, an apprenticeship could be required depending on the company one is wishing to work for, but it isn’t a universal requirement and is more unique to some particular companies. Pipe layers commonly work in the same teams as pipe fitters for all their projects, to ensure a good chemistry between the different workers in the team.
As a pipe layer, one can expect a significantly lower salary than a pipe fitter – normally it would be between $20,000 – $35,000. This is due to the much lower requirements of the job and the shorter tasks it usually involves. Additionally, the job still lacks some of the benefits that the job of a pipe fitter doesn’t have either, which can make it an even less of an attractive choice for people looking to get employed in the industry.