Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Module ID 08101- Orientation to the Pipefitting Craft

Pipefitters work with many kinds of pipe, ranging

from small, half-inch piping to that which is three

or more feet in diameter. A pipefitter must know

how to work with threaded, grooved, and welded

piping systems and must be able to master a variety

of tools and equipment. (5 hours)



Module ID 08102 - Pipefitting Hand Tools

Pipefitters use hand tools to grip, level, fabricate,

cut, and bend pipe. Fabrication tools include

squares, clamps, gauges, wraparounds, and pins.

Vises and stands hold the work to free the crafter

to work with both hands; levels are used to ensure

that a pipe is level or plumb. Specialized tools are

used to cut, thread, bend, and flare pipe. (20 hours)



Module ID 08103- Pipefitting Power Tools

Pipefitters use power tools to cut, grind, thread,

and shape all types of materials. It is very important

to select the right tool for the job and make

sure it is in good working order before use. Specialty

tools, like threading machines and bevelers,

should only be used for the specific jobs they were

designed to perform. With power and pneumatic

tools, it is especially important to follow all operating

instructions and safety precautions because

they pose safety hazards. When used correctly,

these tools can greatly increase a pipefitter’s productivity.

(15 hours)


Module ID 29102- Oxyfuel Cutting

Oxyfuel cutting is a method for cutting metal that

uses an intense flame produced by burning a mixture

of a fuel gas and pure oxygen. It is a versatile

metal cutting method that has many uses on

job sites. Because of the flammable gases and open

flame involved, there is a danger of fire and explosion

when oxyfuel equipment is used. However,

these risks can be minimized when the operator is

well-trained and knowledgeable about the function

and operation of each part of an oxyfuel cutting outfit.

(17.5 hours)


Module ID 08105-  Ladders and Scaffolds

Ladders and scaffolds are some of the most important

tools on a job site. Used properly, they make a

pipefitter’s job much easier. Carelessness, however,

can be fatal. Common accidents like falling, being

struck by falling objects, and electrocution can be

avoided if safety precautions are followed. Considerations

for the type of ladder or scaffolding being

used, as well as environmental factors, personal

positioning, fall arrest systems, and proper assembly

and care of all equipment contribute to safe operations.

(12.5 hours)


Module ID 08106 - Motorized Equipment One

Pipefitters work with various types of motorized

equipment to speed up production. From smaller

items such as generators and compressors to larger

machinery such as forklifts and backhoe loaders, a

pipefitter must understand the capacities and limitations

of each item in order to work safely and

efficiently. This is because increased power means

increased hazards. Anyone operating motorized

equipment must be properly trained, and in some

cases certified, to use it. Always follow the recommended

safety precautions, manufacturer’s instructions,

and maintenance schedule. (10 hours)