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Career Studies Certificate

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Train for a growing career field in Hampton Roads

Earn your certificate in just 19 credits

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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 quickly 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.

Students are encouraged to expand their expertise with approved electives in maritime technologies, marine electrical and marine welding.

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


Go further

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.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Pipefitter consists of 2 semesters of part-time study on the Chesapeake and Portsmouth Campuses.

Estimated Program Cost*:
19 credits x $185.35 per credit = $3,521.65 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

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.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you...

  • enjoy precise work
  • enjoy working with your hands to build things
  • are comfortable working in small spaces
  • have good manual dexterity  
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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


Prepare for in-demand career as a pipefitter with new TCC certificate


TCC partners with leading regional employers offering apprenticeship opportunities in the maritime industry

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field have a median annual salary of $50,544*

* 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.