Piping Engineer

Design piping and plumbing systems for construction projects.
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Salary Range
$51,000 – $119,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Piping Engineers do?

A Piping Engineer is the mastermind in charge of designing the piping superhighway. It’s a job that covers a lot of ground — literally. In the classic Super Mario Bros. videogame, Mario and Luigi traverse the Mushroom Kingdom in search of Princess Toadstool, and they do so using pipes. Not just because they’re Plumbers, but because pipes are the guts of the built world, serving as a connective network between virtually every room in every building on every street of every city.

As a Piping Engineer, you might design plumbing systems for residential buildings, or water lines and sewage systems for municipalities. Most often, though, you create infrastructure for industrial facilities, where large-scale piping systems transport liquids and gases used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), as well as other industrial processes.

Your job as a Piping Engineer requires selecting appropriate piping materials, like fiberglass, aluminum, plastic, copper, or concrete. You also have to choose proper piping components, including fittings, valves, and devices that control temperature, flow, and pressure. Next, you design piping layouts that transport the contents efficiently and effectively. Throughout the whole process, you have to take into account budget constraints, space limits, and building code requirements, as well as stress considerations like temperature, weight, and pressure.

Your job doesn’t stop there, either. After design comes execution, and you’re often in charge of supervising and troubleshooting piping installation and testing.

If it sounds complicated, that’s because it is. Because you love solving engineering puzzles, however, you’re up to the challenge — whether it requires working at home, abroad, or in a make-believe Mushroom Kingdom.

Should I be a Piping Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Building Engineer, Electrical Systems Designer, Mapping Engineer, Piping Designer, Zoning Engineer

    How to become a Piping Engineer

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