Interested in becoming a pipe welder?
A pipe welder is needed on most construction projects throughout the country to cut and join a wide range of materials, from steel and cast iron to plastic to other complex and specialized materials.
Pipe welders install, maintain and repair piping systems. They also join structural steel brackets and supports for those systems. They work in different environments and must be able to weld in many different positions.
Throughout the country, there is a major need for pipe welders in different jobs such as construction, steel work or the manufacturing of machinery and other equipment.
The UA Local 100 JATC registered training program follows the earn while you learn model. It provides our apprentices with a high-quality classroom education, lab instruction and on-the-job training to help them learn their trade. They also receive mandatory OSHA safety training to keep them safe on the jobsite.
During the apprenticeship, on-the-job training will reinforce the concepts apprentices learn in the classroom and lab. This helps bridge the gap between knowing how to do the work and actually doing their work. Since they work for a UA signatory contractor, apprentices earn good wages from day one and receive pay raises as they improve their skillset. In addition to the tuition free education, apprentices receive health insurance and retirement benefits.
The preparation and joining of copper tube, cast iron, pvc and threaded pipe used in the installation, service and repair of piping systems.
A solid understanding of the scientific and mechanical principles are basic to the work of the piping industry.
Basic review of algebra and introduction to pipe formulas, offsets and measurements.
OSHA regulations and awareness of potential job-site hazards in the construction industry.
The terminology and fundamentals of welding. Shop safety, torch safety and torch hook-up. Cut and weld on a plate.
The installation, maintenance and repair of hydronic heating and cooling systems. The installation, use and principles of pump operation.
Cut and weld on pipe. Introduction to layout and fabrication.
Learn how to interpret drawings and sketches associated with piping installations.
Intermediate pipe welding. Introduction to shielded metal arc welding.
From the interpretation of mechanical drawings to the layout of piping systems on the jobsite.
Intermediate pipe welding. Introduction to gas tungsten arc welding.
Basic understanding of the components and piping that make up a refrigeration system, steam system and pumps.
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 welding procedures and progressive tube bending installations in clean room environments, process piping and pharmaceutical plants.
Become familiar with some of the factors and considerations involved in the matrix of a job foreman.