Apprenticeship

Become a Pipefitter with UA Local 100

A pipefitter works to fabricate, install, maintain, assemble and repair piping systems that carry fluids, slurries or gas in commercial, industrial or residential structures. The work of a pipefitter is diverse, as a pipefitter can work in numerous sectors such as paper mills, refineries, manufacturing plants, nuclear power plants and more.

The UA Local 100 JATC’s U.S. Department of Labor registered training program provides our apprentices with a high-quality education to help them learn their trade. The earn while you learn model combines on-the-job training with in-person class instruction.

In the classroom, apprentices receive instruction in science, math, blueprint reading and welding, to name a few subjects. They also receive mandatory OSHA safety training to keep them safe on the jobsite.

The classroom education is supplemented by actual work experience, which helps bridge the gap between knowing and doing. Since apprentices work for a signatory UA contractor, they earn good wages from day one and receive guaranteed raises to compliment their improved skillet. Besides good wages, apprentices also receive a tuition free education and other security and health benefits.

Course Descriptions

The UA Local 100 JATC prides ourselves on continuing to train the best in the industry. As part of our curriculum, we maintain the highest teaching standards and expect each of our students to continually improve their expertise in the field. The below descriptions are the combination of training for pipefitters and pipe welders.

Solder/Braze/Pipe Joining
The preparation and joining of copper tube, cast iron, pvc and threaded pipe used in the installation, service and repair of piping systems.

Science
A solid understanding of the scientific and mechanical principles are basic to the work of the piping industry.

Related Math
Basic review of algebra and introduction to pipe formulas, offsets and measurements.

OSHA-30/Heritage
OSHA regulations and awareness of potential job-site hazards in the construction industry.

Welding One
The terminology and fundamentals of welding. Shop safety, torch safety and torch hook-up. Cut and weld on a plate.

Hydronic Heating/Pumps
The installation, maintenance and repair of hydronic heating and cooling systems. The installation, use and principles of pump operation.

Welding Two
Cut and weld on pipe. Introduction to layout and fabrication.

Drawing/Plan Reading
Learn how to interpret drawings and sketches associated with piping installations.

Welding Three
Intermediate pipe welding. Introduction to shielded metal arc welding.

Pipefitter Lay-Out
From the interpretation of mechanical drawings to the layout of piping systems on the jobsite.

Welding Four
Intermediate pipe welding. Introduction to gas tungsten arc welding.

Refrigeration/Steam
Basic understanding of the components and piping that make up a refrigeration system, steam system and pumps.

Rigging/Signalperson
Learn and understand the various types of rigging materials and equipment and how to perform rigging operations safely. Achieve signalperson certification.

Welding Certification – One
Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

Piping Layout & Design
Practice various techniques for pipe lay-out, fabrication and offsets in a wide range of circumstances that may be seen on the jobsite.

Welding Certification – Two
Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).

Orbital/Tube Bending
Orbital welding procedures and progressive tube bending installations in clean room environments, process piping and pharmaceutical plants.

Foreman Certification
Become familiar with some of the factors and considerations involved in the matrix of a job foreman.

AutoCad
Become familiar with the basic functions of the AutoCad program and learn to make and understand shop drawings.

Advanced Layout & Star Certification Review
Learn and practice advanced techniques for pipe layout and fabrication. Review and prepare for the Star Exam.