A career in pipefitting provides good job security and potential for advancement in a career expected to be in demand for many years.

Prospects are asked to complete an application. Prospect will be considered based on eligibility requirements. A prospect must demonstrate a readiness to begin and to validate no barriers to attending. Barriers include such things as reliable transportation, dependable day care (if appropriate), and no physical or academic limitations that would hinder success in the program. The training provides an excellent opportunity for veterans returning to civilian life, workers seeking a career change, and to young people seeking a satisfying profession. Women are encouraged to apply. A high school diploma or GED is not required for admission to the program.

Pipefitting is the occupation of installing and/or repairing piping and tubing systems that convey liquid, gas, and occasionally solid materials. Pipefitters differ from a plumber who typically concentrates on lower pressure piping systems for sewage and potable water (tap water) that is typically glued, soldered, or threaded. Typical industrial process pipe differs as it is under high pressure and requires different materials be fused through precise cutting, threading, grooving, bending, and welding.

The work involves selecting and preparing pipe or tubing, joining it together by various means, and the location and repair of leaks. Pipefitters are in demand in many different settings, including HVAC, manufacturing, hydraulics, refineries, chemical plants, ships and ship building, power plants, pipe lines, construction, and other steam systems. Pipefitters work with a variety of pipe and tubing materials including steel, copper, iron, aluminum, and plastic.


Pipefitting - 160 Hour Program

This program introduces the basics in beginners pipefitting. The program consists of two courses: NCCER Core (CEOSHT 1015) and NCCER Pipefitting Level 1 (CEPFPB 1008).  Students will receive a 160 hour certificate upon successful completion of the two courses. Total tuition and fees for ACC in-district students is $2,100.00. Tuition and fees for out-of-district students is $2,170.00.

For more information contact us at pipefitter@alvincollege.edu or call 281-756-3661. 

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The National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum explains the importance of safety in the construction and industrial crafts. Trainees will learn how to identify and follow safe work practices and procedures and how to properly inspect and use safety equipment. Trainees will be able to describe the safety practices associate with elevated work, energy release; and various hazards encountered on job sites. Upon the successful completion of this class, trainees will be awarded a Construction Site Safety Orientation credential.  

Pipefitting NCCER Level 1 

This course will cover the necessary information on the overview of the pipefitting craft. Topics covered will include: identification of and the use of  hand tools, power tools, valves, pipe and pipe fittings, pipe trade math applications; calculating fitting take offs for fabrications, fundamentals of pipe fabrication and installation, safety procedures, and an introduction to process piping blueprints. The course follows the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) and prepares the student for NCCER level 1 testing.    

Textbooks Required. Students must enroll in the NCCER Core (CEOSHT 1015) in addition to the Pipe Fitting NCCER Level 1 (CEPFPB 1008).

Pipefitting - NCCER Level 2

Like all of Alvin Community College programs and courses, ACC's new NCCER Level 2 Pipe Fitting course was created for and influenced by our industrial partners. This course specifically provides training on modules recommended to ACC by the Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF). CMEF is the educational affiliate of ABC Greater Houston. This course is a continuation of pipe fabrication, rigging, pipe hangers and support, blueprint reading, standards and specifications as well as trade math.  This course is only open to those individuals who have completed NCCER's Level 1 certification.  

Pipefitting - NCCER Level 3 

This course follows NCCER Level 3 curriculum, a continuation of pipefitting including the following topics: rigging equipment and practices, standards and specifications, advanced trade math, motorized equipment II, above ground pipe installation, field routing and vessel trim, pipe hangers and supports and testing piping systems equipment. This course assists the student in preparing for the Pipefitter Journeyman Test.