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The Pipefitting AAS is designed to train students for entry-level positions in pipefitting. Pipefitters install, assemble, fabricate, maintain, repair and troubleshoot mechanical piping systems carrying fuel,  chemicals, water, steam and air in heating, cooling, lubricating and various other process piping systems. Pipefitters are employed in the maintenance departments of power stations, refineries, offshore  installations, factories and similar establishments, by pipefitting contractors.

Pipefitting is the process of taking straight pipe sections and measuring and cutting them to fabricate piping systems. Pipe systems can be fabricated into threaded, socket, and butt welded connections. Pipe systems are essential in the transportation, delivery, and use of various industrial fluids and potable water. Pipefitters work along with welders, ironworkers, and field service technicians to fabricate, install, test, and trouble shoot pipe systems. Since pipefitters are utilized by numerous local and national economic sectors, pipefitters have and will continue to find numerous employment opportunities. The pipefitting certificate program at LSC will enable students to take advantage of this in demand career.

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Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Pipefitting Certificate Level I program may be applied to this degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
WLDG 1421 Welding Fundamentals 4
PFPB 1408 Basic Pipefitting Skills 4
PFPB 1305 Basic Blueprint Reading for Pipefitters 3
PFPB 2408 Piping Standards and Materials 4
Second Semester Courses 15 Credits
PFPB 2310 Intermediate Blueprint Reading for Pipefitters 3
PFPB 2407 Pipe Fabrication and Installation I 4
PFPB 2441 Pipe Fabrication and Installation II 4
PFPB 2432 Advanced Pipefitting Standards, Specifications, and Installation 4
Third Semester Courses 10 Credits
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers 3
QCTC 1446 Testing and Inspection Systems 4
Elective Speech 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 13 Credits
Elective Social/Behavioral Science1 3
WLDG 1437 Introduction to Welding Meallurgy 4
OSHT 1316 Material Handling 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
Second Semester Courses 7 Credits
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy & Culture1 3
MATH 1332 College Math for Liberal Arts 3
PFFB 1191 Special Topics in Plumbing Technology/Plumber2 1
Pipefitting AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

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Career Options

Median wage: $44,9361

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Equipment Service Associate (ESA)2
  • Pipefitter and Steamfitter2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2016
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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