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Pipefitting Diploma

Program Overview

Pipefitters install, maintain, and repair high and low pressure steam systems, high low pressure hot water systems, snow melting systems, refrigeration systems, heating, gas and oil piping pneumatic, electronic controls, air conditioning and also provide instrumentation and valve repair.  These systems are installed in all types of weather conditions. These skills are used working in residential, commercial, and industrial installations. ​Pipefitters do heavy lifting and are required to work both indoors and outside, often times in confined spaces. 

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

Program Highlights

  • ​Science and math skills needed in the piping systems
  • Knowledge and skills to install piping systems in commercial and industrial buildings 
  • Basic knowledge to properly install and operate low and high pressure steam systems

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    ​​Restricted Enrollment 
    The Pipefitting Diploma is a restricted enrollment joint program offered through the St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 and Saint Paul College. 

    • ​Admission to the Pipefitters Apprenticeship program is required for enrollment in this program. Contact Wyatt Carlson at wyatt.carlson@saintpaul.edu​ for application information.

    • Students are accepted through St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 JAC; 651.846.1699 or www.local455jatc.com.

    • Applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent and should enjoy working in a demanding trade that requires both mental alertness and physical stamina. 

    Student Supplies and Tools Costs 
    Approximate additional program costs include the following:

    • Text rental is $100

    • ​Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tools are estimated at $150.​

  • Career Settings

    • Heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and temperature control fields 
    • Oil refineries, chemical plants, food processing facilities, manufacturing plants, retail and wholesale food stores, and ice rinks 
    • Universities, schools, government agencies and utility companies 
  • Transfer Pathways

    ​​​Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institution for the baccalaureate degree program listed below. For more information please contact a transfer specialist or go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​​​​

    Pipefitting Diploma

    • ​​​​BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead​

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  • Additional Benefits

    • Upon completion, graduates will be prepared for an apprenticeship in pipefitting.​​

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Career Information

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