The outlook for these jobs is extremely promising, providing family sustaining wages starting with their initial job. The industry has remained stable for many years – workers many times remain in it their entire career – and is expected to remain stable as the nation works to revamp is faltering steel pipeline infrastructure with plastic lines. Workers will also be needed to maintain those lines, which provide heating and other utility needs which are sure to remain for generations.
Students graduating from the nine-month technical diploma program can earn a starting wage of $50,000 annually – as indicated by area employers – and gain skills they can use to apply at employers across the region. When surveyed, area employers indicated there would be more than 500 job openings in the next three years caused by newly created jobs, retirement or resignations.
As new power plants and energy technologies are develop, skilled pipefitters/pipelayers will be critical to integrate, install and maintain these technologies to help generate and transmit tomorrow’s power supply. Due to its efficiency, cleanliness and reliability, natural gas is growing increasingly popular. Consumption of natural gas will increase 20 percent by 2030, according to the US Department of Energy. The American Gas Association. Pipefitters and pipelayers can expect an annual salary of about $60,000, according to Center for Energy Workforce Development.