What does a Piping Designer do?
Piping designers develop designs and plans for piping systems and related plumbing infrastructures. They create models, drawings, and schematics, often in 2D and 3D formats using a variety of designing programs and tools. They often work in close collaboration with planners, builders, developers, and other teams involved in the project. They conduct studies and perform calculations to determine feasibility of plans and create demonstration materials. They modify existing designs to reflect required updates and changes. They craft and deliver proposals and presentations.
Piping designers typically have at least an associate degree or equivalent technical credentials or training, and a background of developing piping systems drawings and plans. They must be experienced using CAD programs and related drafting and drawing tools. These roles require strong project management skills.
- Develop a process plan including people, resources, equipment, and floor space.
- Duties may include pipe installation repair, trench digging and site prep.
- Oversee accomplishment of assigned work through subordinate manufacturing employees.
- Build or take part in bracing, scaffolding, and temporary structures.
- Dig trenches, backfill holes, or compact earth to prepare construction.
- Monitor systems to assure outgoing product meets quality standards.
- Ensure compliance with all health and safety rules and regulations.
- Clean and prepare construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards.
- Load, transport and unload material, tools, equipment and supplies.
- Install and maintain refrigeration and air conditioning systems, including compressors, pumps, meter, pneumatic and hydraulic controls and piping.
- Plan sequence on installation to avoid obstructions and activities of other workers.
- Bachelor's Degree in science or engineering.
- Hands-on experience using CAD programs such as AutoCAD and Plant3D.
- Experience with trenching and manhole design.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and NASTRAN.
Piping Designer Salaries
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Piping Designer Career Path
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“No career development and very dependent on Airbus projects”
“It's easier to switch roles (within the same pay grade) within the organisation”
“Flexible with work and life balance”
“Good working Culture and Enjoyed working here”
“Number of projects and learning is good”
“Great career progresion and laterl growth within the organisation”
“Flexible Time to work and work from home options”
“good for career growth and for starters”
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