Pipefitting and Plumbing Technology


Pipefitting and Plumbing Technology is a competency-based training program that takes 1296 hours (12 months) to complete. Actual time is dependent upon the length of time it takes to achieve each competency.

The individualized concept allows each student to progress at their own learning rate. The training program prepares students for an entry-level position as a pipefitter.

Students will learn various pipe and welding fabrication techniques including interpreting blueprints and specifications; making detailed sketches for pipe and equipment fabrication and installation; cutting pipe using various hand or power tools; measuring, cutting with blades and torches; threading, grooving, bending, soldering, brazing, welding, assembling, joining; and installing pipes, valves and fittings.



Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate, Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $4,119.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,924.30

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Pipefitters Helper72Certificate
Middle Class Helper432Certificate
Pipefitter Top Helper630Certificate
Pipefitting and Plumbing1296Diploma

Campus Locations

Main Campus
426 Highway 91 North
Elizabethton, TN 37643


First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Technology Foundations
Safety and Orientation
Trade Tools
Applied Math – Pipefitting
Blueprint Reading
Oxy-Fuel Cutting and Welding
Rigging and Pipe Hangers
Pipe Valves, Flanges & Fasteners
Second Trimester: 
Worker Characteristic
Pipe Types-Schedule of Pipe
Fabrication, Piping Diagrams
Butt Weld Fabrication
Third Trimester: 
Socket Weld Fabrication
OSHA Certification
Threaded Pipe Fabrication
Career Skills
Worker Characteristic
Plumbing Codes & Standards
Plumbing Rough In Specifications
Testing & Inspection
Final Installation

Books and Supplies Lists


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