Industrial Pipe Trades: Fitting & Welding

The Industrial Pipe Trades; Fitting and Welding Program provides professional-level training for people interested in employment in the industrial pipe trades. The program focuses on students developing employable-level skills in the areas of pipe fitting and pipe welding. The 2-Year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree builds on the first year of training and adds additional pipe welding skill development in the second year with the opportunity to become certified in plate and pipe welding during the second year of the program. Subject matter covered in the AAS degree program includes safety, math and blueprint reading for the pipe trades, ISO drawings, layout, tool usage, material preparation and fit-up, pipe welding practices in the 2G, 5G, and 6G positions with shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and wire-feed welding processes, field welding, alternative joining methods, pipe codes and guidelines, resume' development and job search skills. Students primarily interested in pipe fitting may consider the fully embedded 1-Year Pipefitting Certificate of Completion. 

Program Requirements

The Welding and Fabrication Technology Department offers several options to prepare students for entry-level positions in welding, welding repair, welder/fabricator, industrial mechanics and pipefitter/welder; all of them provide training in welding procedures, print reading, fabrication and layout. Students wanting to enter the program should have basic math and high school-level reading skills. Interested students should consider an Associate of Applied Science degree or a One-year Certificate of Completion. As many of the courses run in sequence, it is recommended that students enter the program Fall Term.


The IA Welding Shop and the IC Fabrication Shop are large, modern facilities with oxy-acetylene, manual stick electrode, MIG and TIG stations. Other equipment includes plasma arc, Computer/Numerical Controlled flame, and plasma cutting, template cutting, shearing, blending, rolling, drilling, and rigging equipment. Classrooms are conveniently located next to the shops and audiovisual materials are available.