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Lone Star College-North Harris announces new pipefitting certification program

Lone Star College-North Harris department of applied technology is launching a new pipefitting certification program, slated to begin this upcoming fall 2015 semester.

Why pipefitting? Why now? Since pipefitters are utilized by various local and national economic sectors, in addition to the oilfield, pipefitters have and will continue to find numerous employment opportunities. The pipefitting certificate program at LSC-North Harris will enable students to take advantage of this high-demand career.

“Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of America’s and Texas’ labor market,” said LSC-North Harris director of applied technology, Albert Urbina. “Key industries in Texas are unable to find enough sufficiently trained workers to fill these jobs. Therefore, we are really excited about our pipefitting program at LSC-North Harris.”

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.

The pipefitting certificate program at LSC-North Harris is designed to train students for entry-level positions in pipefitting. Graduates are fully prepared to enter the field with an average salary of approximately $46,460.

“The industry demand for qualified pipefitters is at an all-time high. Students graduating from the pipefitting program will find multiple local industries hiring for pipefitting positions,” added Urbina.

The new program is expected to begin August 24, and will include courses in: Introduction to Pipefitting Fundamentals, Basic Pipefitting Skills, Piping Standards and Materials and Basic Blueprint Reading for Pipefitters. Space in the inaugural class is limited, so those interested should apply as soon possible.

For more information about the pipefitting program, contact Albert Urbina at 281.618.5528, or visit LoneStar.edu/Pipefitting-Certificate.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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