Schools that offer programs for pipefitters are typically 2-year schools, such as vocational-technical schools or community colleges. Students can choose from several programs that often offer internships or other hands-on training options.
Schools with Pipefitting Programs
These schools have pipefitting programs, and may also offer or require apprenticeships.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2018-2019*|
|Saint Paul College||Saint Paul, MN||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma||$5,561|
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor, MI||2-year, Public||Associate's||$2,520 in-district, $4,104 in-state, $5,520 out-of-state|
|GateWay Community College||New Haven, CT||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,032 in-state, $12,096 out-of-state|
|Southwestern Illinois College||Belleville, IL||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,660 in-district, $12,240 in-state, $15,870 out-of-state|
|Lee College, Baytown||Baytown, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,043 in-district, $3,403 in-state, $4,179 out-of-state|
|Tennessee College of Applied Technology||Elizabethton, TN||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma||N/A|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Take the following into consideration when shopping around for programs:
- Students wanting to study at their own pace may look for distance-learning programs.
- Review curriculum to see if specialized courses are offered that best fit individual career goals.
- Look for schools with high placement rates or direct industry contacts.
- Students should seek schools that offer hands-on courses in workroom settings that align with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines.
Certificate in Pipefitting
A certificate program in pipefitting can prepare students for an entry-level or assistant position in the field. A number of certificate programs count as credit towards an associate's degree in pipefitting. Programs consist of 20-40 credit hours of coursework.
Associate of Applied Science in Pipefitting
An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in pipefitting can provide students with an advanced education in preparation for a career in the industry. Some AAS programs offer hands-on apprenticeships or internships.
Prospective pipefitters can find certificate, diploma and associate's degrees programs in pipefitting. Considerations when choosing a school including course offerings, placement rates, distance-learning options and apprenticeships or internships.