What Does A Pipe Fabricator Do?

Pipe fabrication is the manufacturing of metallic pipe and piping components to provide piping systems to transport or process liquids, gases, and solids.

A pipe fabricator is a professional who fabricates and assembles pipe products.

They fabricate pipes to specific customizations by following blueprints or product specification instructions.

Pipe fabricators tend to work in construction, production, or the manufacturing industry.

They often need technical training or education to complete the job responsibilities.

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In the article below, we will look at pipe fabrication and what a pipe fabricator does.

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What Is Pipe Fabrication?

Pipe fabrication involves the manufacturing of lengths of metallic pipe and piping components.

These components include wrought or forged elbows, tee, and reducer fittings, forged flanges, and the pipe itself.

The end result of pipe fabrication is a piping system that can transport or process liquids, gases, and solids.

Pipe fabrication plays a critical part in our society's infrastructure.

It ensures the facilities we rely on and work in are safely designed, mechanically correct, and tested to be sure the piping systems is designed properly.

The fabrication of piping usually includes cutting, beveling, welding, and bending raw materials and is performed by skilled pipe fabricators.

In a construction project with a network of piping, pipe fabrication requires comprehensive planning, scheduling, and execution based on the design, location, timing, and budget of the project.

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What Does A Pipe Fabricator Do?

A pipe fabricator makes the pipe fabrication process go.

They specialize in manufacturing and assembling equipment or devices and ensure the quality and efficiency of every product.

A pipe fabricator will read and interpret blueprints and product specifications.

They will use this information to determine which equipment and tools will be required to complete the work.

Utilizing the proper tools, they fabricate and assemble piping products following quality control standards to ensure they meet the required specifications.

Some pipes are customized, while others require repetitive procedures to complete the piping job.

A few typical tasks a pipe fabricator is likely to perform are:

  • Finish weld using SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW as required.
  • Certify in SMAW, GMAW.
  • Advance knowledge of shop mathematics.
  • Install outdoor condensing units and run refrigeration lines.
  • Test and troubleshoot electrical systems before shipment of modules.
  • Fabricate and erect structural, ornamental, and misc steel.
  • Lean manufacturing training and ISO training.
  • Install or troubleshoot electrical lighting on trucks.
  • Read blueprints

 

What Tools Will A Pipe Fabricator Use?

Pipe fabricators use specialized equipment to get their jobs done safely and efficiently.

Pipe fabrication equipment is designed to handle medium- to large-scale projects.

It's intended for use only in the workshop with appropriate space and complete quality control capabilities.

Some pipe fabrication tasks may also be completed in the field.

No matter where the work takes place, a few essential tools allow pipe fabricators to create complex precision piping systems:

  • Saws and Thermal Cutting Equipment
  • Rotating Equipment
  • Pipe Jacks
  • Fork Lifts to lift heavy objects
  • Cranes
  • Pipe End Finishers
  • Welding Equipment
  • Pipe Benders
  • Pipe Fit-Up Tools
  • Pipe Flangers
  • Rigging & Transportation Equipment

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Where Does A Pipe Fabricator Work?

Some projects call for a field construction solution, and some call for completion in a workshop.

Whether it's more appropriate to fabricate pipe in the shop or on-site depends on the size and scope of the project.

It's also influenced by numerous factors, like:

  • Weather
  • Pipe material and dimensions
  • Accessibility
  • Safety concerns
  • Availability of on-site support personnel
  • Required welding facilities and resources
  • Scheduling and collaboration with other trades
  • Environmental and quality control needs

Pipe fabricators can work in the field, and they typically have a workshop to handle projects of various sizes.

 

Contact STEVENS For Your Next Pipe Fabrication Project

At STEVENS, our pipe fabrication team has the experience and knowledge to get your project done on time and under budget.

They will work with you to determine the best piping solutions for your specific project.

Once we clearly understand what you are looking for, our pipe fabrication experts will provide you with an estimate that includes every step in the process.

We've worked with complex piping systems, large and small piping projects, and a wide variety of customized piping projects.

As leaders in the pipe fabrication industry, we know how to get the job done right, on time, and within budget.

Our pipe fabricator shop has decades of experience meeting customer specifications, completing challenging assembly, and providing on-time delivery to ensure our clients' projects are finished on time.

If you need professionally created and engineered pipes for your next pipe fabrication project, don't hesitate to contact STEVENS.

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Check out our other Pipe Fabrication articles:

How To Find The Best Pipe Fabrication Company

What Is Pipe Fabrication?

References:

https://www.zippia.com/fabricator-jobs/what-does-a-fabricator-do/

https://apexpiping.com/an-introduction-to-pipe-fabrication/

https://careertrend.com/about-6406689-job-description-mechanical-assembler.html