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Pipefitting Apprentice Curriculum

Effective June 1, 2015

 

Catalog Number Course Title Credits
 50-435-709  Orientation to the Trade and Safety  0.50
 50-435-710  Blueprint Reading 1  0.50
 50-435-711  Trade Math  1.00
 50-435-712  Related Science  2.00
 50-435-713  Blueprint Reading 2  0.50
 50-435-714  Process Piping 1  1.50
 50-435-715  Steam Systems  2.00
 50-435-716  Blueprint Reading 3  0.50
 50-435-717  Chemical Handling & Hazardous Materials  0.50
 50-435-718  Refrigeration and Air Conditioning  0.50
 50-435-719  Hot Water Heating Systems  0.75
 50-435-720  Process Piping 2  1.00
 50-435-721  Rigging Safety  1.00
 50-435-722  Blueprint Reading 4  0.50
 50-435-723  Hydraulics  1.50
 50-435-724  Welding and Brazing  1.00
 50-435-725  Valves, Packings, and Gaskets  0.25
 50-435-726  Pneumatics  1.00
   Total Credits  16.50

 

Pipefitting Apprentice Courses:

50-435-709-00 Orientation to the Trade and Safety for Industrial Pipefitters
Course competencies examine safe work practices involved in pipe fitting trades and various industrial settings.  Rigging safety, PPE, confined space entry, fall protection, heavy equipment operation, chemical safety and MSDS, boiler safety, and lockout tag-out will be examined.  Fall protection, and safe work practices for overhead work, and ladders are covered.  OSHA and other safety standards will be reviewed.  The course wraps up with an introduction to the trade where apprentices will examine job duties and tasks which have been identified for the industrial pipefitting apprenticeship. Lecture. Credits: 0.50.

50-435-710-00 Blueprint Reading 1 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Course competencies include an introduction to industrial blueprints; building freehand sketching skills; drawing symbols, lines, and pipe fittings; and interpreting technical information found on blueprints.  Apprentices will learn how prints support work processes performed by the pipefitting trade. Lecture. Credits: 0.50.

50-435-711-00 Trade Math for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices 
Course competencies include building apprentice skills working with fractions, decimals, measurement and ratios commonly used by the trade. Measurement, tolerances and interpreting trade related information will help apply math concepts to industrial work processes. Basic algebra, geometry and trigonometry will be applied to industrial pipefitting tasks. Lecture. Credits: 1.

50-435-712-00 Related Science for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Course competencies include the science of matter; properties of solids, liquids and gases; work, energy and power; temperature and heat effects; change of state; heat engines; and force balance and gravity.   A field trip to observe related science applications in a plant is included.  Related science concepts included in this course will be reinforced and applied later in related instruction. Lecture. Credits: 2.

50-435-713-00 Blueprint Reading 2 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Course competencies include pipe and pipe fitting blueprint symbols and other technical information found on pipe prints.  Apprentices will examine isometric and multi-view drawings; dimensions; and process pipe drawings symbols.  Drawing and sketching skills will be further developed. Lecture. Credits: 0.50.

50-435-714-00 Process Piping 1 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Course competencies include examining the metallurgical properties of various piping materials, applying piping materials to process pipe installations, fabricating piping offsets, calculating values needed to solve pipe layout and fabrication problems associated with pipe welding layouts, comparing clamps and aligning devices employed by the trade, and fabricating miters, tees, saddles, laterals, and elbows. Lecture. Credits: 1.

50-435-715-00 Steam Systems for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Course competencies include steam trapping, boiler accessories, boiler valves, steam heating, steam systems, and high pressure steam.  Course includes a field trip to examine steam systems applied to an industrial setting. Lecture. Credits: 2.

50-435-716-00 Blueprint Reading 3 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Course competencies include identifying piping isometrics and dimensions found on flow diagrams, elevation drawings, section views, and process piping plans.  Apprentices will further develop skills in sketching and drawing as well as interpreting information from flow diagrams, pipe drawings, and related industrial prints.  Apprentices will learn to use prints and diagrams to interpret information about given runs of pipe. Lecture. Credits: 0.50.

50-435-717-00 Chemical Handling and Hazardous Materials for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Course competencies include safety in handling chemicals, chlorine, caustic soda and other hazardous materials.  MSDS information and related procedures will be applied to industrial situations. Lecture. Credits: 0.50.

50-435-718-00 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Course competencies include refrigeration systems, applications of mechanical refrigeration, refrigeration components, and troubleshooting systems. Lecture. Credits: 0.50.

50-435-719-00 Hot Water Heating Systems for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices  Course examines hot water heating systems and boilers found in industrial plants.  Course competencies include hot water heating equipment and components, boiler operations and safety, insulation, heat loss, and maintenance. Lecture. Credits: 0.75.

50-435-720-00 Process Piping 2 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Course competencies include rolling offsets, parallel offsets, layout of pipe intersections, and fabricating and cutting uneven rolling offsets.  Course includes a field trip to observe the application of related concepts. Lecture. Credits: 1.

50-435-721-00 Rigging Safety for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Apprentices will compare types of rigging equipment and their uses; determine safe loads, rig and crib loads, and move a load with cranes and hoists. This course is intended for related instruction in the industrial pipefitter apprenticeship. Course competencies examine safe rigging equipment, hardware, equipment, tools, procedures, and safe work practices applicable to industrial settings. Rigging for cranes, forklifts and other industrial power equipment, and hand devices are included. Lecture. Credits: 1.

50-435-722-00 Blueprint Reading 4 for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices  Course competencies include interpreting information from isometric drawings and spool drawings.  Apprentices will learn how to develop material lists from both types of drawings and build skills working with industrial blueprints. Lecture. Credits: 0.50.

50-435-723-00 Hydraulics for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Gain knowledge of the uses and applications of hydraulics required in the trade. Hydraulic systems, devices and components will be examined. Job duties and tasks related to safety, inspection, testing, maintenance and repair will be included. Course competencies examine hydraulic fluids, safety, hydraulic equipment and components, controls, troubleshooting, repair, and preventative maintenance. Lecture. Credits: 1.

50-435-724-00 Welding and Brazing for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Course compares common welding processes and develops apprentice skills related to welding, cutting, heating and using oxy-gas. Welding with arc, MIG and TIG will be explored.  Common cutting and joining techniques will be compared. Industrial brazing techniques will be demonstrated.  Joint preparation, using hand and power tools, and working with low-temp and high-temp solders are examined. Welding safety and PPE requirements will be reinforced. Lecture. Credits: 1.

50-435-725-00 Valves Packings and Gaskets for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices
Course includes an examination of the various types of valves and their applications in industrial plant processes.  Apprentices will also compare gasket types, materials and their applications.  Valve packings will be compared and procedures for repacking valves examined.  Apprentices will build skills installing and repairing valves. Lecture. Credits: 0.25.

50-435-726-00 Pneumatics for Industrial Pipefitter Apprentices 
Gain knowledge of the uses and applications of pneumatics required in the trade. Pneumatic systems, devices and components will be examined. Job duties and tasks related to safety, inspection, testing, maintenance and repair will be included. Lecture. Credits: 1.