Piping Engineering is a specialized branch of Mechanical Engineering that talks about piping and layout of equipment and process units in chemical, petrochemical, or hydrocarbon facilities. Piping Engineer is responsible for substantial part of total project cost. Completion of Piping activities on time is critical to completion of the project in time.

To become one, you typically need to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical, structural or civil engineering, fulfill licensing requirements and have excellent teamwork, decision-making and communication skills. A piping construction engineer often reports to a construction manager and can secure employment in the natural gas, mining and construction industries.

Here, we will talk about the roles and responsibilities of a Piping engineer. But, before that, let’s see what the essential design competencies involved in Piping engineering are.

Piping Engineering majorly involves the following competencies: Plant setup and Layout
  • Equipment Layout
  • Piping placement and Layout
  • Piping Materials
  • Piping Supports
  • Piping Stress Analysis
  • CAD or 3D Modeling.

What are the responsibilities of a Piping Engineer?
The primary responsibilities of a piping engineer involve the following:
  1. Prepare all installation and selection documents for all mechanical equipment's.
  2. Collaborate with team of designers to complete all mechanical capital projects and provide all engineering support.
  3. Prepare and design all construction-related documents for the required supporting infrastructure.
  4. Provide support to all expense projects and maintain accuracy in all piping project and ensure compliance to all piping material specifications and maintain knowledge on all orders.
  5. Analyze all mechanical designs and prepare various concepts for piping designs and develop required mechanical drawings.
  6. Provide support to all purchase activities and ensure the correctness of vendor submittals.
  7. Provide support to all CADD functions and develop and maintain all activities according to project schedule and prepare appropriate forecasts.
  8. Provide assistance to all senior engineers and suggest improvements to required design; travel to plant sites to analyze all equipment.
  9. Develop new methods to recommend improvements to all activities of piping section.
  10. Coordinate with various teams to administer all ongoing assignments and check their status reports.
  11. Assist to make arrangements for all business trips for various departmental tasks and design all technical specifications and assist to procure and fabricate all materials.
  12. Provide appropriate solutions for all parties and evaluate and analyze all client requirements and design all piping specifications for clients and recommend appropriate alternatives.
As Piping Engineering is almost 95 % technical job, to become a successful piping engineer, one needs to have enough imagination, knowledge, and willingness to learn. The necessary skills required for a sound piping engineer are: 
  • Effective analysis
  • Project Management
  • Efficient Observation
  • Written and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Drafting Skills

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