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1850 new positions on the Virginia Peninsula from 2012 to 2016

Start: $ 11.31/hr. $ 23,500/yr.
Ave: $ 17.74/hr. $ 36,900/yr.


Employer website, Peninsula Worklink, Virginia Employment Commission

Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School

Virginia Wizard


Job Description: Lay out, assemble, install and maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling and industrial production and processing systems.

Education Needed: Vocational training, OJT, or an AAS

Career Pathway: Most plumbers, pipelayers, pipefitters and steamfitters train on the job through jointly administered apprenticeships and in career or technical schools or community colleges. Attainment of this certification may help people trained in this area get more jobs and advance more quickly.

WorkKeys Scores Needed:: Applied Math (4), Reading for Information (3), Locating Information (4), Observation (3) and Applied Technology (3)

October 31, 2020


1) Review Essential Skills Below.  Take our skills check up to see how you qualify against employer standards.

2) Visit Employer website, Peninsula Worklink, Virginia Employment Commission to learn about education and training programs.

3) Current employers of record for Pipefitters:
Davis Boat, Newport News Shipbuilding

Essential Skills for Pipefitters

Technical Skills
Installation: installing equipment, machines, wiring or programs to meet specifications.

Easily translates a word problem into a computational one.
Adds and subtracts whole numbers, including negative numbers.
Changes numbers from one form to another using whole numbers, fractions, decimals or percentages.
Converts simple calculations with money, volume, length and weight.
Adds, subtracts, multiplies, and divides all units of measurement.
Combines ratio, rate and percentage.
Draws and interprets bar graphs.
Performs mathematical calculations using decimals and fractions.

Follows directions correctly.
Communicates effectively with customers and fellow employees.
Listens well and applies what is learned.
Reads and applies safety warnings and simpler equipment instructions.
Writes sentences with minor grammar and punctuation errors.

Workplace Skills
Creativity, innovation, adaptation: contributes new ideas and adapts to changes in the workplace.
Diversity awareness and application: communicates and works well with customers and coworkers of different ages, genders, races, socioeconomics, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.
Professional ethics: abides by workplace policies and laws, and demonstrates personal integrity.
Personal hygiene and safety: follows safety guidelines and manages personal health.

Professional Skills
Time and resource management: punctual, timely with work deadlines, manages time and other resources well.
Team player: demonstrates commitment to the success of  the team, assists others, requests help when needed and resolves conflicts effectively.
Positive work ethic: arrives ready to work, is supportive of accomplishing tasks at hand, completes work assignments in effective and efficient way, is willing to take on additional tasks.
Reasoning, problem solving: identifies, breaks down, prioritizes and resolves problems that arise in completing assigned tasks.
Locating information: knows how to research, locate and ethically apply reliable information to solve problems.
Systems thinking: understands his or her role in fulfilling the mission of this workplace.