- Instrument fitters primarily cut; bend assemble instrument tubing and connect to various process connections and devices equipment and tools, though their day-to-day roles may vary based on their particular skill sets and the type and size of their company. However, after reviewing multiple listings, below identifies several tasks common to most instrument fitter jobs:
- Interpret drawings and Written Instructions - Instrument pipe fitters start by reviewing detailed drawings, plans, and instructions for the tools and equipment they're going to assemble. They must understand how to read these guides and apply them without error, which requires analyzing and implementing highly technical data.
- Cut; bend; prepare and Assemble instrument tubing to various Instruments and process connections and manifolds Tools - With the help of schematics and drawings, instrument fitters put together with precision instruments, tools, and instrument tubing systems
- Select Appropriate materials and fittings; Tools and Equipment - Instrument fitters need in-depth knowledge of the various power tools and other equipment used for instrument pipe fitting and assembly so they can choose the correct tools for each job. In addition to hand tools
- Cut Materials - To make tools and systems, instrument fitters must often first layout, measure, and cut piping and other materials used to make the equipment and instruments they'll assemble. Precision is paramount for this task, so it's often something they spend a great deal of time on.
- Test Equipment - After they've assembled the instrument's tubing/piping systems and tools, instrument fitters conduct quality control checks to ensure they're put together correctly and functioning properly. On completion and additional pressure test may be required, before a system can be entered into operation, familiarization of this type of testing is a must-have.
- Perform Maintenance - Instrument fitters regularly inspect all work areas, tools, and equipment, cleaning them after use and repairing machinery as needed. They also set up work areas and position and calibrate equipment.
- Safety knowledge - This job frequently requires handling heavy tools and equipment in addition to operating tools that have blades or other sharp components. In addition, instrument fitters may install electrical systems or assemble electric tools, requiring an understanding of safety procedures and the proper use of gloves, goggles etc.
- Good vision - assembling instruments often requires looking at items closely to assemble small parts.
- Instrument Pipe/tubing Fitter Education and Training
- Previous instrument pipe/tube cutting; bending; fitting experience is a must-have.
- High School Diploma or GED.
- Past relevant working previous experience.
- Swagelok competency certificate is a must-have.
Skills and Qualifications
- Physical fitness - instrument fitters may stand for extended periods and also need the physical strength to safely operate heavy machinery and tools. They also need dexterity and fine motor skills to assemble small and sometimes delicate parts
- Safety knowledge - this job frequently requires handling heavy tools and equipment in addition to operating tools that have blades or other sharp components. In addition, instrument fitters may install electrical systems or assemble electric tools, requiring an understanding of safety procedures and the proper use of gloves, goggles, and other protective gear
- Good vision – assembling instruments often requires looking at items closely to assemble small parts and spot any mistakes or defects
- Reading and comprehension skills – instrument fitters used detailed instructions and plans to guide them, and must know how to interpret written and verbal instructions as well as drawings
- Versatility - it's common for instrument fitters to assist in tasks outside of their direct duties, so it’s important that they have a wide range of technical knowledge and the ability to quickly change gears
- Collaboration - while instrument fitters typically work independently, they sometimes consult with other members of the design team.
- A minimum experience of 6 years or more