Basic Pipefitting

Approved for 14 Hours – Renewal Training Credit (RTC)

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This two-day seminar focuses on the fundamentals of pipefitting. It is an introductory seminar designed for maintenance personnel who have relatively little or no previous pipefitting experience. Topics include: reading single-line and isometric diagrams; piping types and dimensions; uses and types of fittings; thread types; and pipe length determination. Participants practice pipefitting skills by reproducing actual piping runs from an isometric drawing.

You will learn

  1. To read single-line and isometric diagrams.
  2. To determine pipe length.
  3. To use dimensional tables.
  4. To properly cut pipe.
  5. To construct a straight offset.
  6. To construct a rolling offset.
  7. To correctly thread pipe.
  8. To apply sealants.
  9. To assemble, test and troubleshoot pipe.

Who will benefit

  • Maintenance mechanics without pipefitting experience
  • Electrical maintenance personnel needing to cross train
  • Industrial supply salespersons
  • Operators wanting to move into maintenance positions
  • Supervisors and managers responsible for maintenance personnel


  1. The Physics of Pipefitting: How Fluids Move Through Pipe
    • Laminar vs. turbulent flow
    • Fluid friction vs. pressure loss
  2. Reading of System Prints
    • Single-line diagrams
    • Symbols
    • Layout
    • Isometric diagrams
    • Symbols
    • Layout
  3. Pipe
    • Types of pipe
    • Black steel
    • Galvanized steel
    • Copper
    • Other
    • Characteristics
    • Pipe size designation
    • Schedule 40
    • Schedule 80
    • Schedule 160
  4. Fittings
    • Methods of connecting
    • Screwed
    • Welded
    • Flanged
    • Soldered/Brazed
  5. Functions/Uses of Fittings
    • Elbows
    • Tees
    • Reducers
    • Bushings
    • Plugs
    • Caps
    • Couplings
  6. Threads
    • Distinguishing between thread types
  7. Accessories

In-House Training Available

For additional information about in-house training, please call Amy Murphy at (815) 280-1418 or email