Pipe Cutter

Operate machines to cut, thread, and ream pipes.
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Quick Stats

Very Good

Salary Range
$19,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pipe Cutters do?

Operates machine to cut, thread, and ream pipes, and assembles pipes, according to blueprints, to form mobile home water system, using handtools: Measures and marks pipes to be cut and threaded, using tape measure and pencil. Positions and secures pipe in chuck of machine. Starts machine and turns handwheel to engage pipe with dies that cut threads. Pulls lever to lubricate pipes and dies, and turns handwheel to activate reaming tool to burr inside of pipe. Moves lever to open dies, and turns handwheel to disengage dies from pipe. Repositions pipe in chuck and aligns cutting wheels with mark on pipe. Starts machine and turns handle to apply pressure on cutting wheels. Applies sealing compound to threads and fittings with brush and joins pipes in sequence specified, according to blueprints, to form water system, using wrench and vise.

Should I be a Pipe Cutter?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

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    How to become a Pipe Cutter

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