The role of offshore pipefitters
Cars need a steady supply of fuel to run. But who is it that is responsible for your daily drives? Much of the responsibility falls to the offshore pipefitter.
What is a Pipefitter?
A pipefitter is a person who is responsible for securing pipes, fittings, tubes and other equipment that fit into the industry’s standards. In order for an offshore pipefitter to qualify for a job as one, he should be skilled in welding, soldering, cementing, brazing and threading joints. Other than that, he should also have a history of accessing bulkheads and deck walls. All of these are processes that involve drilling holes with heavy machinery.
A company can also ask an offshore pipefitter to inspect or test bulkheads and deck walls with the help of pressure gauges. Whether he is given the task or not depends on the company he works for. This is also why a pipefitter is expected to know how to read detailed plans and follow them.
Not all offshore pipefitters hold academic degrees. This is because most of the work they will be expected to carry out will rely mostly on their practical skills. Nevertheless, most offshore gas and oil companies as well as contractors do look for pipefitters who fit the following qualifications:
There are certain organizations that offer certificates to pipefitters as a way for them to improve on their skills and expertise. Some of the most important programs include PF015 Assembling and Tightening Bolted Connections, PF018 Assembling and Tightening Bolted Connections Using Bolting Tensioning Equipment, PF010 Jointing Pipework using Flanged Joints and PF019 Assembling and Tightening Bolted Connections Using Hydraulic Torque Tightening Equipment.
The BOSIET Course
Offshore drilling is a dangerous prospect. This is why most companies prefer that all employees complete an offshore survival course no matter how long their stay on the rig is. In the UK, that course is known as the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET).
Some of the safety measures an offshore pipefitter learns through the BOSIET course involves how he can protect himself, the dangers he might encounter while travelling to and from offshore installations and how he can survive out at sea. There are also other courses that are available to pipefitters such as Lifesaving First Aid and the Norwegian Survival Suit and Emergency Breathing Systems.
Other than these qualifications, offshore pipefitters also need to get a medical certificate via a medical examination. The examinations must be carried out by physicians who have been approved by the Health Advisory Committee of the United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) in order to be valid.
Professional pipefitters are also required to retake this crucial exam every two years in order to work in the UK. All of these requirements are crucial in ensuring that companies employ professional pipefitters who are legally employable and who have a clean bill of health.