Pipefitting Apprentice

Pipefitting Apprentice

Apprenticeship Training

About the Pipefitting Apprentice Program

Learn how to lay out, cut and bend pipes, and also install, test, maintain and repair high- or low-pressure piping systems. You'll know how to cut, heat and bend metal. Pipefitters need a thorough knowledge of pipe characteristics, particularly as to their use with high or low pressure and chemicals. Pipefitters must know the principles of hydraulics and be skilled with many types of equipment. 

Apprentices who complete this apprenticeship have the opportunity to transfer course credits towards the Technical Studies – Journey Worker degree.

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Program Outline

Semester: 1
Course # Course Title Credits
5043570900 Orientation to the Trade and Safety for Industrial Pipefitters
Description

Course competencies examine safe work practices involved in pipe fitting trades and various industrial settings. Rigging safety, PPE, confined space entry, fall protection, heavy equipment operation, chemical safety and MSDS, boiler safety, and lockout tag-out will be examined. Fall protection, and safe work practices for overhead work, and ladders are covered. OSHA and other safety standards will be reviewed. The course wraps up with an introduction to the trade where apprentices will examine job duties and tasks which have been identified for the industrial pipefitting apprenticeship.

0.50
5043571000 Blueprint Reading 1 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course competencies include an introduction to industrial blueprints; building freehand sketching skills; drawing symbols, lines, and pipe fittings; and interpreting technical information found on blueprints. Apprentices will learn how prints support work processes performed by the pipefitting trade.

0.50
5043571100 Trade Math for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course competencies include building apprentice skills working with fractions, decimals, measurement and ratios commonly used by the trade. Measurement, tolerances and interpreting trade related information will help apply math concepts to industrial work processes. Basic algebra, geometry and trigonometry will be applied to industrial pipefitting tasks.

1.00
5043571200 Related Science for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course competencies include the science of matter; properties of solids, liquids and gases; work, energy and power; temperature and heat effects; change of state; heat engines; and force balance and gravity. A field trip to observe related science applications in a plant is included. Related science concepts included in this course will be reinforced and applied later in related instruction.

2.00
5043571300 Blueprint Reading 2 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course competencies include pipe and pipe fitting blueprint symbols and other technical information found on pipe prints. Apprentices will examine isometric and multi-view drawings; dimensions; and process pipe drawings symbols. Drawing and sketching skills will be further developed.

0.50
5043571400 Process Piping 1 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course competencies include examining the metallurgical properties of various piping materials, applying piping materials to process pipe installations, fabricating piping offsets, calculating values needed to solve pipe layout and fabrication problems associated with pipe welding layouts, comparing clamps and aligning devices employed by the trade, and fabricating miters, tees, saddles, laterals, and elbows.

1.50
5043571500 Steam Systems for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course competencies include steam trapping, boiler accessories, boiler valves, steam heating, steam systems, and high pressure steam. Course includes a field trip to examine steam systems applied to an industrial setting.

2.00
5043571600 Blueprint Reading 3 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course competencies include identifying piping isometrics and dimensions found on flow diagrams, elevation drawings, section views, and process piping plans. Apprentices will further develop skills in sketching and drawing as well as interpreting information from flow diagrams, pipe drawings, and related industrial prints. Apprentices will learn to use prints and diagrams to interpret information about given runs of pipe.

0.50
5043571700 Chemical Handling and Hazardous Materials for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course competencies include safety in handling chemicals, chlorine, caustic soda and other hazardous materials. MSDS information and related procedures will be applied to industrial situations.

0.50
5043571800 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course competencies include refrigeration systems, applications of mechanical refrigeration, refrigeration components, and troubleshooting systems.

0.50
5043571900 Hot Water Heating Systems for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course examines hot water heating systems and boilers found in industrial plants. Course competencies include hot water heating equipment and components, boiler operations and safety, insulation, heat loss, and maintenance.

0.75
5043572000 Process Piping 2 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course competencies include rolling offsets, parallel offsets, layout of pipe intersections, and fabricating and cutting uneven rolling offsets. Course includes a field trip to observe the application of related concepts.

1.00
5043572100 Rigging Safety for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Apprentices will compare types of rigging equipment and their uses; determine safe loads, rig and crib loads, and move a load with cranes and hoists. This course is intended for related instruction in the industrial pipefitter apprenticeship. Course competencies examine safe rigging equipment, hardware, equipment, tools, procedures, and safe work practices applicable to industrial settings. Rigging for cranes, forklifts and other industrial power equipment, and hand devices are included.

1.00
5043572200 Blueprint Reading 4 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course competencies include interpreting information from isometric drawings and spool drawings. Apprentices will learn how to develop material lists from both types of drawings and build skills working with industrial blueprints.

0.50
5043572300 Hydraulics for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Gain knowledge of the uses and applications of hydraulics required in the trade. Hydraulic systems, devices and components will be examined. Job duties and tasks related to safety, inspection, testing, maintenance and repair will be included. Course competencies examine hydraulic fluids, safety, hydraulic equipment and components, controls, troubleshooting, repair, and preventative maintenance.

1.50
5043572400 Welding and Brazing for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course compares common welding processes and develops apprentice skills related to welding, cutting, heating and using oxy-gas. Welding with arc, MIG and TIG will be explored. Common cutting and joining techniques will be compared. Industrial brazing techniques will be demonstrated. Joint preparation, using hand and power tools, and working with low-temp and high-temp solders are examined. Welding safety and PPE requirements will be reinforced.

1.00
5043572500 Valves Packings and Gaskets for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Course includes an examination of the various types of valves and their applications in industrial plant processes. Apprentices will also compare gasket types, materials and their applications. Valve packings will be compared and procedures for repacking valves examined. Apprentices will build skills installing and repairing valves.

0.25
5043572600 Pneumatics for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Description

Gain knowledge of the uses and applications of pneumatics required in the trade. Pneumatic systems, devices and components will be examined. Job duties and tasks related to safety, inspection, testing, maintenance and repair will be included.

1.00

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Approximate Cost

$2,414*

*Based on 10-level courses - materials, books, and fees may be additional

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Median Annual Salary

$36,483 $37,794 $31,699
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EMSI 2018.3

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