Professional Welder with Pipefitting

icon-clock Duration: 10 Months

icon-book Campus Availability: Jacksonville, FL

Upcoming Class Start Dates

Welding Classes StartJacksonville, FL08/15/2022
Welding Classes StartJacksonville, FL09/19/2022

Class Schedules

Morning (M-F) Afternoon (M-F) Evening (M-F)
7:30am-12:30pm 1:00pm-6:00pm 6:30pm-11:30pm


Weekend Schedule, All Campuses

Tue/Thu (Classroom) Sat/Sun (Lab Days)
6:30pm-9:00pm 8:00am-6:00pm

You’ll learn how to work with various types of pipes, pipe systems installation, plumbing related fixtures and more. Upon graduation, you’ll be trained and equipped with practical hands-on skills and techniques essential to start working in entry-level careers locally and nationally.

The Professional Welder with Pipefitting program trains students in the hands-on skills they need to prepare for entry-level jobs. Learn the fundamentals of what it takes to be a pipefitter, steamfitter, boilermaker and plumber. This program also covers blueprint reading, mathematics, safety and piping codes and specifications. Work with various types of pipes and plumbing-related fixtures, learn about pipe systems installation and more in this in-depth training program.

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Course Features & Pipefitting Career Options

In as little as ten months, the Professional Welder with Pipefitting training program will prepare you for career opportunities in the pipefitting industry. We offer flexible class schedules at our Jacksonville, Florida, campus.

Course features:

• Blueprint Reading
• Mathematics
• Safety
• Plumbing codes & Standards
• Pipe systems installation
• Plumbing fixtures

Career Options:

• Pipefitter
• Pipelayer
• Plumber
• Boilermaker
• Steamfitter

Employment is Expected to Grow for Pipefitting in the US to 511,100 Jobs by 2029!i

What is Pipefitting?

Pipe fitting is the act of laying out, assembling and installing piping systems involved in the transfer of various fluids, solids or gases. Pipefitters work on the layout, assembly and installation of piping systems and by applying system knowledge and/or following blueprints.

Pipefitters are important pros who help water, gas, air, oil and more move safely and swiftly through pipes. The Professional Welder with Pipefitting program at TWS will train you for the opportunity to become one of these pros

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TWS is excited to launch OcuWeld utilizing Virtual Reality (VR) to enhance your welding training. OcuWeld is a new and innovative Virtual Reality (VR) welding simulator designed by expert welding instructors for our welding students.

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Program Courses

Welding Fundamentals

Train in the fundamentals of welding and begin learning the critical skills you’ll need for a welding career. Learn plasma cutting and carbon arc gouging procedures, arc welding processes, the basic layout of construction drawings and how to correctly read and interpret welding symbols. Learn how set up welding equipment, the components of an arc welding machine, and the various types of electrodes used in arc welding procedures. Using an E7018 electrode, students will also practice basic SMAW welding processes and techniques.


  • 4 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 2 Outside Prep Hours

GMAW/FCAW Processes

In this course, students learn how to set up and operate GMAW/FCAW welding equipment, as well as how to prepare pipe for GMAW/FCAW welding processes. GMAW, or MIG, uses a torch designed to provide a shielding gas for the weld and an automatic wire feed system that provides a constant feed of the filler metal. FCAW, or Fluxcore, uses a similar torch but uses a powdered flux to shield the weld. Students learn about isometric drawings and their importance as a three- dimensional picture of an object.


  • Prerequisite Course(s): WLD101, WLD110, WLD115, WLD120
  • 4 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 4 Outside Prep Hours

Structural Welding

The Structural Welding course introduces students to a number of different critical things:

  • Basic destructive weld testing techniques
  • The importance of quality welds to achieve maximum strength and integrity of the metal
  • Basic principles of metallurgy
  • Welding pipe

Students expand their knowledge about welding diagrams, drawings and the methods of coding various types of metal. Students will also learn the procedures for root pass, fill welds and SMAW processes.


  • Prerequisite Course(s): WLD101
  • 4.5 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 7 Outside Prep Hours

Basic Pipe Welding

This course trains students in the fundamentals of basic pipe welding with two critical welding processes: SMAW and GTAW.

For GTAW welding, students practice with basic root welding on pipe coupons.

In Basic Pipe Welding, students practice uphill and other welding techniques simultaneously. They practice welding in multiple positions as they travel around the pipe to complete the weld.


  • Prerequisite Course(s): WLD101, WLD110
  • 4 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 4 Outside Prep Hours

Advanced Pipe Welding

Students continue to practice their pipe welding skills, using the GTAW process to weld the root and complete the fill and cap portion of the weld using SMAW processes. Students also learn how to set up and safely operate portable welding units for structural and pipe welding operations, rig and balance pipe loads, use hand signal communication, and lift and place pipe in preparation for welding operations.

Electrical safety guidelines and the steps to prevent electrical shock are also taught.


  • Prerequisite Course(s): WLD101, WLD110, WLD115
  • 4 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 4 Outside Prep Hours

Welding Capstone

The Welding Capstone course challenges students to apply the skills they learned in previous courses, preparing them to transition from the classroom to the field.

During this course, students learn how to prepare resumes, practice for interviews, learn proper work habits and appearances and complete employment applications.


  • Prerequisite Course(s): WLD101, WLD105, WLD110, WLD115, WLD120
  • 4.5 Semester Credit Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 125 Total Contact Hours
  • 7 Outside Prep Hours

Introduction to Pipefitting

This course explains the role and importance of safety. Students will learn how to identify and follow safe work practices and procedures as well as how to properly inspect and use safety equipment. Students will also receive an introduction to construction drawings, construction math, and blueprints. Students will also receive an orientation to the pipefitting trade along with tools and techniques of basic employability skills. The students will also learn and explore oxyfuel cutting.


  • 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • 58 Lecture Hours
  • 17 Lab Hours
  • 75 Total Contact Hours
  • 12 Outside Prep Hours

Pipefitting Essentials

This course provides an introduction into the various hand tools and power tools used in the Pipefitting industry. Students will also explore and identify various piping systems. Students will also revisit blueprints from an advanced perspective. Pipefitting trade math as well is presented during this course.


  • 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • 41 Lecture Hours
  • 34 Lab Hours
  • 75 Total Contact Hours
  • 8.5 Outside Prep Hours

Pipefitting I

This course describes the materials used in threaded piping systems and socket weld piping systems. Students will be instructed on how to determine pipe length between both threaded pipe and socket weld fittings, prepare pipe and fitting for fit-up, and assemble/fabricate piping systems and socket weld fittings. Students will also be introduced to pipe hanger and support as well as receive an introduction to butt weld pipe fabrication.


  • 2.5 Semester Credit Hours
  • 33.5 Lecture Hours
  • 41.5 Lab Hours
  • 75 Total Contact Hours
  • 7 Outside Prep Hours

Pipefitting II

This course describes the materials used in butt welding piping systems. It explains how to determine pipe lengths between butt weld fittings, prepare the pipe and fittings for fit-up, and fabricate butt weld fittings. Students will also learn how to select and install backing rings, fabricate channel iron welding jigs, and use and care for welding clamps. This course also introduces students to aboveground pipe installation. Students are also introduced to special piping applications.


  • 2.5 Semester Credit Hours
  • 22.5 Lecture Hours
  • 52.5 Lab Hours
  • 75 Total Contact Hours
  • 4.5 Outside Prep Hours

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Alumni Testimonials

iEmployment is expected to grow for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters(472152) in the US to 511,100 through 2029 and in Florida to 33530 through 2028