Galveston College Continuing Education

Pipefitter Technician, Level 1 Certificate


Program Name

CE Courses Needed to Complete

Course Name

Contact Hours Per course

Pipefitter Tech

PFPB 1050

Plumbing and Pipefitting Equipment and Safety/CORE



PFPB 1008

Level 1: Basic Pipefitting Skills



PFPB 1043

Level 2: Pipefitting Fabrication and Blueprint Reading



PFPB 2033

Level 3: Advanced Pipefitting



PFPB 2032

Level 4: Advanced Pipefitting Standards, Specifications & Installations




After completing Core and Level 1, students wanting to pursue advanced pipefitting training can continue the 2nd level of NCCER training by enrolling in PFPB 1043.


Level 2: This course presents pipe fabrication, rigging, pipe hangers and supports, blueprint reading, standards and specifications, and trade math. Fabricate socket and butt weld pipes; install pipe hangers and supports; sketch isometric views of piping assemblies; interpret piping standards and specifications; use measuring devices.

Level 3: This course presents advanced pipe fabrication and pipe alignment for rotating equipment. The curriculum includes identifying, describing, applying, and maintaining steam traps, in-line specialties, special piping, hot taps, and valves. The calculation of offsets and coilswill also be covered; the fabrication of miters, laterals, and dummy legs; the alignment of pipe to rotating equipment; installing and troubleshooting steam traps; installing in-line specialties; installing flared, compression, solder, and brazed joints; installing hot tap fittings; and demonstrating valve maintenance procedures will be presented in this course.

Level 4: This course presents the safe use of man lifts, cable lifts, hydrostatic pumps, drain cleaners, side boom tractors, and construction trucks and trailers; students will have the opportunity to identify and install valves; set up construction areas including specifications, erection equipment, and support needs; students will identify spring can supports and demonstrate their installation; outline the sequence for planning work activities; and explain types of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) including hazards and preparations.

Textbooks for Levels 2-4 , tools, and personal protective equipment must be purchased separately.  These courses are eligible for a payment plan and tuition assistance may be available for eligible students.   Please check the schedule for current course offerings. 

Successful Graduates may be Certified by NCCER upon the completion of each level.


Successful Graduates may be Certified by NCCER upon the completion of each level

Average Hourly Wage


Time to Completion

Part time or Full time

Market Growth


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In Person

Moody Hall – Room 140


Galveston College – Continuing Education
4015 Avenue Q, Suite M-140
Galveston, TX  77550