Pipefitter

pipefitter_widePIPEFITTERS perform some of the most precise work in the shipbuilding industry due to the large amount of piping required to be installed in a limited amount of space aboard naval vessels. Pipefitters work in all phases of ship construction and must install many complex piping systems. Pipefitters are trained in the fundamental skills and techniques of piping fabrication, installation, inspection and testing. Pipefitters also become expert blueprint readers. Piping is to the ship as veins are to the body and without pipe the ship cannot function.

Curriculum:

Semester

Course

Course Description

Hours

1 Technical Math Covers major aspects of practical math including basic arithmetic, trigonometry, and geometry. 72
2 Naval Architecture and Ship Structure Principles of ship construction and terminology. 72
3 Introduction to Shipbuilding and Blueprints This course is designed to introduce the apprentice to blueprint reading techniques and principles. This course covers in detail all the major areas of the design of the ships structure. This course also covers the basic blueprint reading required by the craft. 72
4 Blueprint Reading for Pipe This course is designed to introduce the apprentice to blueprint reading techniques and principles. This course covers in detail all the major areas of blueprint reading required by the specified craft. 40
5 Marine Pipefitting This course is designed to teach the Marine Pipefitter the basic fundamentals of the pipe trade. Subjects will include pipe tools and their uses, pipe and pipe material, valves, and pipe fabrication techniques. 72
6 Fundamentals of Drafting This course is designed to introduce the apprentice to graphic language from the basics of free-hand sketches to multi-view and working drawings using the most common tools of the drafting trade. 72
7 Marine System Intergration This course is designed to teach the basics of the steam power plan, major piping systems, gas turbine plant, nuclear power plant and the central operations system. 72
8 Production Planning and Control This course provides managerial information regarding material requirements, capacity planning and control techniques, master production scheduling, and techniques in cost analysis. 72
9 Principles of Management This course is designed to prepare the graduating apprentice to be a leader in the company. The course covers the “day to day” operations of a foremen as well as training scenarios designed to prepare the apprentice for situations he/she will face in a manager’s role. 72