pipefitter installing system of heating
 

Salary Ranges
(entry level –> experienced)

  • $13.45 – $33.09 (hourly)
  • $27,970 – $68,830 (annual)

 

The electrical program requires 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8000 hours of on-the-job training.

Pipefitters lay out, assemble, install, and maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, and industrial production and processing systems.

Pipefitters need strong problem-solving skills and manual dexterity. They need physical stamina. Primary skills include: Lay out piping systems; cut, bend, or thread pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, or water lines; assemble and install pipe sections, fittings, or plumbing fixtures; braze, solder and weld metal parts or components together; pressure test piping system or equipment for leaks; repair or replace gas, steam, sewer, or water piping or fixtures; read technical drawings and blueprints; use arc welding and brazing/soldering equipment; use combination welding procedures; follow safety procedures.

1st Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Orientation to the Trade
  • Basic Safety
  • Construction Math
  • Introduction to Hand Tools
  • Introduction to Power Tools
  • Introduction to Blueprints
  • Basic Rigging
  • Basic Communication Skills
  • Basic Employability Skills
  • Pipefitting Hand Tools
  • Pipefitting Power Tools
  • Oxyfuel Cutting
  • Ladders and Scaffolds
  • Motorized Equipment

2nd Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Piping Systems
  • Drawings and Detail Sheets
  • Identifying and Installing Valves
  • Pipefitting Trade Math
  • Threaded Pipe Fabrication
  • Socket Weld Pipe Fabrication
  • Butt Weld Pipe Fabrication
  • Excavations
  • Underground Pipe Installations

3rd Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Rigging Equipment
  • Rigging Practices
  • Standards and Specifications
  • Advanced Trade Math
  • Motorized Equipment II
  • Introduction to Above-Ground Pipe Installation
  • Field Routing and Vessel Trim
  • Pipe Hangers and Supports & Spring Can Supports
  • Testing Piping Systems and Equipment
  • 10-Hour OSHA

4th Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Advanced Blueprint Reading
  • Advanced Pipe Fabrication
  • Stress Relieving and Aligning
  • Steam Traps
  • In-Line Specialties
  • Special Piping
  • Hot Taps
  • Maintaining Valves
  • Introduction to Crew Leader Skills
  • Your Role in the Green Environment