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Schools for Aspiring Pipefitters: How to Choose

A number of 2-year schools offer certificate and associate's degrees in pipefitting. In these programs, students learn to compile and install pipe systems, supports and equipment, as well as maintain equipment for heating, cooling, process, sprinkling and lubricating systems.

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 2015-2016*
Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma $5,480
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI 2-year, Public Associate's $2,424 in-district, $3,816 in-state, $$5,016 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 $3,420 in-district, $12,120 in-state, $15,750 out-of-state
Lee College, Baytown Baytown, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,672 in-district, $2,392 in-state, $3,520 out-of-state
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton, TN 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma $3,665

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.


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