High-pressure and low-pressure piping systems are used in the generation of electricity and in the heating and cooling of buildings. Many piping systems are regulated by automatic controls which are accessed remotely. The Industrial Pipefitting Program at Kellogg Community College prepares students to install, maintain and repair such systems.
KCC offers the following Industrial Pipefitting Program credentials:
- Industrial Trades certificate in Pipefitting (25 credits)
- Associate in Applied Science: Industrial Pipefitting (60 credits)
For more information about KCC’s Industrial Pipefitting Program, see:
- KCC’s latest Academic Catalog
- KCC’s Industrial Trades program brochure
- KCC’s Industrial Pipefitting fall 2018 cost sheet
- KCC’s Industrial Pipefitting spring 2019 cost sheet
- Information about Industrial Pipefitting careers
- Information about why you should study industrial pipefitting at KCC
Unlike traditional academic courses, the offerings in this program consist of short modules that are components of larger units. Modules are often less than 1 credit apiece and can be completed at a student’s own pace in a matter of hours or days. Units range from one to 30 modules, depending on the area of instruction.
Industrial Pipefitting modules carry the course designator INPF as detailed in the most recent Industrial Pipefitting cost sheet. Units in this program include:
|Unit 10||Pipefitting Science||.25|
|Unit 15||Blueprint Reading||.91|
|Unit 20||Introduction to Pipefitting||2.5|
|Unit 25||Mathematics for Pipefitting||2.63|
|Unit 40||Fire Protection||1.13|
|Unit 45||Thermodynamics of Heat||.72|
|Unit 60||Flow Control||3.17|
|Unit 65||Compressed Air||.38|
|Unit 80||Piping Maintenance||.50|
Gainful Employment Disclosure for Certificates
For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Industrial Pipefitting Certificate Program, and other important information, please review the Gainful Employment Disclosure.
The Gainful Employment Disclosure complies with the Department of Education requirement for disclosure of information about career preparation programs that result in an award at the certificate level. The intention of this information is to help students make informed career and educational choices that may lead to gainful employment. The data provided is based on enrollment from the last award year.
Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Popular transfer destinations for KCC’s Industrial Pipefitting students include Siena Heights University and Western Michigan University.
For additional advice on transfer opportunities, contact:
- KCC’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center at 269-965-4137 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- KCC Academic Advising offices at 269-965-4124 or email@example.com
Industrial Pipefitting Careers
Pipefitters can find rewarding, long-term employment with companies and private contractors in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals and manufacturing facilities. Pipefitters also work for utility companies, agricultural operations and municipalities.
Possible job titles for graduates with an education in industrial pipefitting include:
- Mechanical engineering technicians
With additional education after the program, opportunities include:
- Business/shop owner
- Maintenance supervisor
- Mechanical drafter
- Mechanical engineer
Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info
For the latest employment and wage estimates for industrial pipefitting careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.
Why Study Industrial Pipefitting at KCC?
RMTC Equipment & Facilities
Across Michigan, there are few facilities like the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, which KCC started in 1990 as a way to serve the workforce needs of the industries that are active and growing in south central Michigan. Thanks to an ongoing commitment from the College, private employers and local, state and federal agencies, the RMTC is a premier provider of industrial and skilled-trades education with highly experienced instructors and top-notch equipment. Machinery used for training at the RMTC is similar or identical to the equipment that students will use in the workplace.
Because of the self-paced instructional model at the RMTC, students can move at their own pace through the modules and units. As their work and life schedules allow, they can spend as many or as few hours each week learning alongside our instructors, who are available in labs day and night. Click here for the RMTC Fall 2018 Lab Schedule. Click here for the RMTC Spring 2019 Lab Schedule.
Students who hold a journeyman or U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) apprenticeship certificate are eligible to receive prior learning credits that can be applied toward a KCC certificate or degree.
Tour the RMTC
Prospective students have an open invitation to visit the RMTC to take a tour of the facility, meet instructors and learn more about individual programs.