A pipe welder sets up and welds metal pipes according to configurations.

Would you rather be working with your hands than typing on a computer? Are you level-headed and responsible? If so, a job as a pipe welder is perfect for you. You’ll work in a very specialized position, configuring and laying pipes and then welding them together using extremely high heat.

Pipe welders work in industrial settings, following technical drawings and schematics to create pipe configurations. You’ll use blowtorches and other tools in order to position and weld pipes together. Because of the high heat and heavy equipment used everyday in the job, the liability and possibility for dangerous situations is strong. Pipe welders need to have lots of physical strength and endurance, but the potential for danger means that you’ll also need to be able to stay calm, follow instructions, and make rational, logic-based decisions on a daily basis.

Becoming a pipe welder is a goal that requires training and hands-on experience. Look for associate’s degrees or certification programs that allow you to work with experienced pipe welders out in the field. Employers look for critical thinking, patience, and refined skill in a pipe welder.

Also Known As:

Acetylene Cutter, Aluminum Welder, Arc Welder, Rail Bonder, Production Line Welder, Scrap Iron Cutter

Critical Skills


  • Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Mechanical Tools and Equipment
  • Welding


  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Assurance
  • Teamwork
  • Troubleshooting
  • Working with Tools

Key Responsibilities

  • Read blueprints and schematics to set up equipment
  • Haul and cut pipes
  • Weld pipes
  • Install controls and accessories into piping systems
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair piping systems

Special Requirements

  • Lifting Ability

How to get this job

Welding certificate from American Welding Society is needed to enter field.

Next Steps for this job

Get welding certificate from American Welding Society, experience and/or on the job training.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.