Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Pipefitting

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Pipefitting program is designed to provide knowledge and skills in the residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional pipefitting trade. Course work includes safety, material selection, basic and advanced pipefitting calculations and principles of science. Students will also be competent in sources and treatment of public, private, and individual gas, water, heating, waste, and specialized pipefitting systems, cross connection protection, pipe identification, and blueprint reading. Course work also includes rigging, basic and advanced fabrication, pipe cutting, valves and specialized piping systems, cross connection protection, pipe identification, blueprint reading and pipefitting code. Additional related training will include basic electricity and troubleshooting.


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Field of Interest: 
Applied Technology
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2016 Spring
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Program Accreditation/Certification or Licensure Information: Journeyman status through the Arizona Department of Commerce, Apprenticeship Services Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

Admission criteria

Admission to the program by the following registered apprenticeship program: Interstate Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Academic Plan: 
Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Pipefitting (CER)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should select from twenty-four (24) to forty-eight (48) credits from the following courses based on their apprenticeship standing upon program enrollment and in consultation with Apprenticeship Program Coordinator.
IMC112Introduction to Mechanical Trades Construction6
IMC114Overview of Mechanical Trades: Sheet Metal, Pipefitting, Plumbing6
IMC122Multiple Trades cross Training: Tubes, Fittings and Piping Systems6
IMC124Multiple Trades Cross Training: Standards6
IMC235Mechanical Trades Construction: Pipefitting Intermediate Principles and Concepts6
IMC238Mechanical Trades Construction: Pipefitting Advanced Principles and Concepts6
IMC245Mechanical Trades Construction: Pipefitting Advanced Skill Building6
IMC248Mechanical Trades Construction: Pipefitting Advanced Applications and Techniques6
  • Explain safety obligations of workers, supervisors, managers and company policy, career opportunities and safety principles associated with the trades. (IMC112, IMC114)
  • Apply basic and advanced mathematical functions, field calculations, conversion tables, tables of ordinates, formulas, and explain their applications to the construction trades including use and reading of various measurement tools/instruments. (IMC112, IMC124, IMC235, IMC245)
  • Explain workplace OSHA regulations related to the trade including proper tools and materials handling techniques and procedures. (IMC112, IMC114)
  • Demonstrate safe work procedures, proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including handling of hazardous chemicals and identify causes and results of accidents, hazards and impact of accident costs. (IMC112)
  • Demonstrate safe, proper application, inspection and maintenance of motorized, pneumatic, hand and power tools used in the mechanical trades including pipe threading machines. (IMC112, IMC114, IMC122, IMC124, IMC235)
  • Interpret and explain the different types of drawings including Piping and instrument drawings (PandIDs), Isometric Drawings (ISOs), spool sheets, civil, detail, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing/piping, electrical, and fire protection. (IMC112, IMC114, IMC124, IMC238, IMC248)
  • Explain use and function of materials, equipment, and inspection procedures used in basic rigging including proper spacing and installation of hangers and use of load ratings. (IMC112, IMC114, IMC238)
  • Review the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hand signals. (IMC112)
  • Apply hazard and safety procedures associated with the use and assembly of ladders and scaffolds including proper set up lighting and use of equipment. (IMC114, IMC124)
  • Demonstrate how to layout and fabricate architectural components for drainage systems including copper tube and carbon steel pipe systems. (IMC122)
  • Identify effective verbal and written communication techniques and instructions including communication between pipefitters and millwrights for pump set up. (IMC112, IMC248)
  • Identify effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills, industry computer systems, workplace issues including supervisory roles in legal and ethical situations. (IMC112, IMC248)
  • Assemble and install ductwork using different types of sealants and lifts. (IMC114)
  • Demonstrate safe and proper methods for cutting, joining, installing, insulating, pressure testing, coding, handling, storage and assembly of copper and plastic tubing and carbon steel pipe including oxyfuel cutting and cutting equipment. (IMC122, IMC124, IMC245)
  • Explain special bends, intersections, and identify piping systems according to color codes including use and function of compressed air, fuel oil, steam, and water systems. (IMC122, IMC245)
  • Identify different types of plastic pipe and fittings and demonstrate how to cut, measure, join, pressure test, and support plastic pipe according to manufacturer instructions and applicable code. (IMC122)
  • Explain how Drain, Waste and Vent (DWV) systems remove waste safely and effectively including the function of sewers and sewer drains and the application of hub-and-spigot and no-hub cast iron pipe fittings, drain and vent sizing, grade, and waste treatment. (IMC122, IMC124)
  • Demonstrate use and function of pipes, drains, traps, vents, attaching and running methods in DWV systems and water supply piping including hangers, supports, modifications, and fire-stopping. (IMC122, IMC124, IMC235)
  • Identify various soldering tools, materials, and techniques and differentiate procedures between brazing and soldering. (IMC122, IMC245)
  • Identify various types of pipe, flanges, gaskets, and bolts. (IMC235)
  • Demonstrate procedures for installing pipe sleeves and floor penetrations. (IMC235)
  • Explain the process and procedures for field routing. (IMC235)
  • Describe how to erect vessel trim. (IMC235)
  • Practice different testing applications for piping systems and equipment. (IMC235)
  • Describe materials used in butt weld piping systems, how to determine pipe lengths between weld and fittings, and preparation of pipe and fittings for fit-up and fabrication of weld fittings. (IMC238)
  • Demonstrate proper use and selection of equipment, devices, and hardware for pipelines, including various types of steam traps and troubleshooting. (IMC238, IMC248)
  • Explain how to read and interpret pipefitting standards, codes, and specifications. (IMC238)
  • Explain how to replace packing and O-rings, open and close valve bonnet, and safely troubleshoot and maintain various types of valves. (IMC245)
  • Demonstrate the steps-by-step work process of a hot tap specialist in attaching fittings while pipeline is under pressure using methods of line stopping, free stopping and adding connections. (IMC245)
  • Explain the use of compression and flared fittings, and grooved and compression formed joining methods. (IMC245)

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