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Duties & Responsibilities of an Instrument Fitter

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In the construction industry, an instrument fitter is synonymous with a pipe fitter. A pipe fitter installs and repairs pipe systems used to house the electrical and heating and cooling structures within buildings. Instrument fitters also install the controls (e.g., thermostats) that regulate these utilities.

Reading Blueprints

Prior to beginning a project, an instrument fitter must thoroughly read and comprehend a blueprint in order to understand how to perform the installation.

Cutting and Bending Pipes

Using special machinery, instrument fitters cut pipes based on the specifications on a blueprint. They then bend the pipes manually, to fit the layout.

Connecting Pipes

Using a variety methods, such as caulking, gluing and welding, an instrument fitter connects pipes so that they do not easily separate.

Maintaining Tools

Instrument fitters are responsible for acquiring and maintaining an arsenal of tools, including chisels, hammers and wrenches. These tools are necessary to complete every project.

Joining a Union

If he is covered by a union, an instrument fitter is responsible for meeting all requirements of the respective union (such as the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters), paying their dues accordingly.


KJ Henderson has more than a decade of HR and talent acquisition experience. He has held roles at a Fortune 100 investment bank, a media conglomerate and at one of NYC's largest executive staffing firms. He currently heads recruitment sourcing at a major movie studio. He read literature at Oxford.

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