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 $4,055.38
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,926.30

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Pipefitter Entry-Level Helper48Certificate
Pipefitter Middle Class Helper432Certificate
Pipefitter Top Helper630Certificate
Pipefitting and Plumbing1296Diploma

Campus Locations

Main Campus
426 Highway 91 North
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Job Duties

Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinkler fitters.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 7,220

Current job openings per year: 850


First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristics
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 Characteristics
Pipe Types-Schedule of Pipe
Fabrication, Piping Diagrams
Butt Weld Fabrication
Socket Weld Fabrication
OSHA Certification
Threaded Pipe Fabrication
Career Skills
Third Trimester: 
Worker Characteristics
Plumbing Codes & Standards
Plumbing Rough in Specifications
Testing & Inspection
Final Installation


Tim Pierce

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