Professional Welder with Pipefitting

icon-clock Duration: 10 Months

icon-book Campus Availability: Tulsa, OK Jacksonville, FL

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7:30am-12:30pm 1:00pm-6:00pm 6:30pm-11:30pm

This professional welder with pipefitting training program provides comprehensive pipefitter, steamfitter, boilermaker, and plumber training that covers blueprint reading, mathematics, safety, piping codes/specifications, and plumbing related skills.

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.

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Course Features & Pipefitting Career Options

The Professional Welder with Pipefitting Training program can be completed in as little as 10 months. The Program prepares graduates for careers in new construction, repair, modernization or maintenance work. We offer flexible class schedules, with location options at our Tulsa, OK and Jacksonville, Florida campuses. Course Features and Career options include:

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Safety
  • Plumbing codes & Standards
  • Pipe systems installation
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Pipefitter
  • Pipelayer
  • Plumber
  • Boilermaker
  • Steamfitter

Employment is Expected to Grow for Pipefitting in the US to 568,600 Jobs by 2028!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 and/or gases. Pipefitters work on layout, assembly and installation of piping systems and related equipment by applying system knowledge and/or following blueprints.

So many different things move through pipes – water, gas, air, and oil – and people trained in pipe fitting are needed to keep those things moving swiftly and safely. The goal of the Pipe fitting training program at TWS is to connect you to a versatile, sustainable career field.

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Program Courses

Introduction to Welding

Overview of welder career responsibilities, work safety practices, career success skills, importance of job attitudes and work ethics, maintenance of equipment, beginning review of welding symbols and corresponding welds, cutting torch operations, stick welding procedures, procedures to clean and evaluate welds, cut and prepare metal plate, perform overlap beads in various plats positions, and begin fillet welds for plate T-joints.

Phase 101

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Structural Welding I

In this welding course students will learn SMAW welding process, welding codes, rod selection, reading basic blueprints, calculating dimensions and completing layouts. Introductions to Learning Resource Center, research project instruction, and career success skills. Safety and operational procedures of Plasma and Carbon Arc cutting. Perform plate welding in various positions using 7018 electrodes. Perform Plasma and Carbon Arc cutting.

Phase 102

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

MIG & Fluxcore Welding

Interpretation of pipe and fitting markings, metal color codes, pipe welding symbols, pipe diagrams and welds, sketch isometric drawings, completion of research project, MIG and Fluxcore welding procedures, perform plate welding in various positions (2F, 2G, 3G) using MIG and Fluxcore.

Phase 103

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Structural Welding II

Advanced projects beyond Phase 102 in blueprint and layout, perform plate welding in various positions (2G, 3G, 4G) using 6010 electrodes for stringer and 7018 electrodes for remainder. Also, pipe bevel preparation.

Phase 104

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Basic Pipe Welding

Techniques of basic pipe fitting, use of 90′s, T’s, flanges, valves, take offs, use of pipe blueprints, sketches, templates, and uphill welding techniques on pipe. Perform SMAW pipe welding with 6010 electrode stringer and 7018 electrode remainder in pipe positions of 2G and 5G.

Phase 105

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Pipe Welding I

Overview of TIG equipment and procedure setup, metals identification, tungsten safety and preparation. Perform 6010 electrode root and 7018 electrode fill and cap in 6G position. Perform TIG stringer and hot pass on T-plate. Perform TIG root and 7018 fill and cap on 2G and 6G pipe positions.

Phase 106

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Pipe Welding II

Operation requirements for portable equipment, weld test lab procedures and testing approaches, perform mild steel TIG welding on pipe in various positions (2G, 5G, 6G) using TIG stringer, fill, and cap.

Phase 107

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Advanced Pipe Welding

Students continue to develop, apply, and practice their pipe welding skills. Mild steel pipe is welded in various positions using primarily GTAW (TIG) welding processes. In addition students learn to use stainless steel electrodes to weld high carbon steel. Using two inch diameter pipe, students practice using the GTAW process to weld the root and complete the fill and cap portion of the weld using SMAW processes.

They also learn to properly rig and balance pipe loads, use hand signal communication to the crane operator, and lift and place pipe in preparation for welding operations. Most pipe welding is performed in an open environment using various types of portable welding equipment. Students learn to setup and safely operate portable welding units for structural and pipe welding operations. Emphasis is given to awareness about electrical safety and steps necessary to prevent electrical shock.

WLD 120

  • 125 Contact Hours
  • 25 Lecture Hours
  • 100 Lab Hours
  • 4.0 Credit Hours

H.F. TIG &/or Pipeline Welding

Thin alloy selection of tungsten types for aluminum and stainless steel, methods to maintain clean work environment, procedures for heat settings on thin gauge applications, purging stainless steel plate, weld cleaning on aluminum and stainless steel, perform aluminum and stainless steel welding on plate using TIG in various positions with different rod sizes. Pipeline selection of rod size, layout procedures for pipeline fitting, coating types and electrolysis prevention with anode protection, perform SMAW downhill stringer, fill and cap in 5G and 6G positions and inverted T. Also, a student may elect to specialize in only H.F. TIG or pipeline welding or a combination of both specialties.

Phase 109

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

Career Preparation

This is the student’s final phase prior to introduction into the employment market with options for shop or field welding. Included are instruction in application for employment, preparing a resume, weld testing rigors, proper appearance, and job attitude. Lab competencies are 2″ 6G TIG all the way out, Structural plate with MIG root and Fluxcore fill and cap, 5G TIG root and hot pass with 7018 fill and cap, and 6G pipe welding using 6010 and 7018 fill and cap. All competencies must pass a Guided Bend Test.

Phase 110

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 15 Lecture Hours
  • 60 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit 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.

PF 101

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 58 Lecture Hours
  • 17 Lab Hours
  • 3 Credit 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.

PF 102

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 41 Lecture Hours
  • 34 Lab Hours
  • 3 Credit 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.

PF 103

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 33.5 Lecture Hours
  • 41.5 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit 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.

PF 104

  • 75 Contact Hours
  • 22.5 Lecture Hours
  • 52.5 Lab Hours
  • 2.5 Credit Hours

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Alumni Testimonials

iEmployment is expected to grow for Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters(472152) in the US to 568,600 through 2028, in Okland to 8,500 and in Florida to 34,000 through 2026
https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Careers/Occupations/occupation-profile.aspx?keyword=Pipe%20Fitters%20and%20Steamfitters&onetcode=47215201.