We Build Professional Pipe Fitters

Who are we?

Pipefitter apprentices learn through both classroom and on-the-job training in what is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world. The five-year apprenticeship period is divided into one-year segments, each of which includes 1,700 to 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 216 hours of related classroom instruction. 

What is a Pipe Fitter?

The Pipefitter is a tradesperson with the knowledge and ability to layout, fabricate, assemble, install, maintain, and repair piping systems that transport all types of fluids, slurries and gas in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. They are the only trade to specialize in planning, design, and installation of low- and high-pressure steam systems. Their work is diverse and in fields such as oil refineries, steel mills, power plants, manufacturing plants, and in the automotive industry. The systems that the steamfitter-pipefitter may work on are some of the highest pressure and temperature applications and require a thorough knowledge of scientific principles to complete this work safely.

How can I Prepare?

Successful Pipefitters have solid math and problem-solving skills, high mechanical aptitude, good manual dexterity and a tolerance for working in cramped spaces. Pipefitters need to be in good physical shape to perform the duties of the trade.  It is suggested students have a fundamental understanding of physics and algebra.  Written and verbal communication skills are also essential.  Experience in welding and the ability to read and understand field drawings is also beneficial.

Apprenticeship Length

5 Years

College Degree

Associate of Applied Science from Ivy Tech Community College issued upon successful completion of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Pipefitters Training Center Local 597
10850 W. 187th Street
Mokena, IL 60448
Phone: 708-326-9240
www.pftf597.org

Application Period
Applications are accepted first Wednesday of each month

Application Cost
$20

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