Pipefitters install and repair piping systems that carry liquids or gases to, from and within businesses, military installations, ships and factories.
Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Pipefitting is designed to prepare you as quickly as possible for this in-demand career.
You will learn the fundamentals of machine blueprint reading, industrial pipefitting, pipe welding, piping and auxiliary systems, and pipefitting and fabrication.
TCC’s pipefitter program prepares you for entry or advancement in maritime and manufacturing settings. Graduates typically work at military installations, factories, shipyards or aboard ships.
Apprenticeship & cooperative education opportunities
Mechanics who have already completed an apprenticeship may consider pipefitting to advance their careers.
In addition to apprenticeships, cooperative education opportunities allow you to earn college credit while on the job in one of the busiest, fastest growing port regions in the nation. Learn more about TCC's Apprenticeship Institute
Apply all of the credits you earn in this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technologies. You can also apply credits toward specialized certificates, which are also available in maritime technologies, marine electrical and maritime welding.
Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill and other educational benefits.
Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.
TCC is the only college in Hampton Roads offering a pipefitter program
Just 19 credits!
Job growth for this field is projected at 12%—faster than the average for all occupations
An apprentice at Newport News Shipbuilding, Jessica Dunlap is working toward a TCC degree
Find a career pathway through the Southeast Maritime Transportation (SMART) Center, based at TCC
Median annual salary
Jobs related to this field have a median annual salary of $50,544*
TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Pipefitter consists of 2 semesters of part-time study on the Chesapeake Campus.
Estimated Program Cost*:
19 credits x $181.10 per credit = $3,440.90 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.
Many students are offered paid apprenticeships after completing this program. Credits you earn in the Pipefitter program apply toward the Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Technologies. Graduates interested in further education may also pursue TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics.
* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.