Pipe Changer

Change, rotate, and clean pipes that carry materials.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pipe Changers do?

Changes, rotates, and cleans pipes that carry materials, such as concentrate slurry and tailings throughout iron ore processing plant: Removes bolted couplings or flanges and changes precut pipe sections or replaces hoses on cyclone feed and discharge lines, concentrate lines, and tailings lines, using wrenches, chain hoist, and impact wrench. Loosens bolted couplings and rotates pipe, using chain wrench so that inner pipe surfaces are worn evenly by abrasive slurry. Stencils direction and date of rotation on pipe. Inserts pipe cleaner into pipe through trap and notifies pumping section to start material flow to force cleaner through pipe to clean out deposits. Removes cleaner at end of pipe. Disassembles, transports, and reassembles pipe sections in new mining areas, using handtools.

Should I be a Pipe Changer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Belt Changer, Bladder Changer, Blade Changer, Pattern Changer and Repairer, Plant Changer, Size Changer

    How to become a Pipe Changer

    Most Pipe Changers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9facaa&chl=no+college+%2864%25%29|certificate+%2832%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|bachelor%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,64,64
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