The steamfitter-pipefitter is a tradesperson with the knowledge and ability to layout with math skills, 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. Classes in these areas are designed to prepare and train our apprentices so that when they go out on the jobsites they can manage diverse jobs in such fields as oil refineries, paper mills, nuclear 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.

Meet the Pipefitting Instructor

Andy Tipton

Andy Tipton

Pipefitter Instructor

Welcome! My name is Andy Tipton. I am the Pipefitter instructor for the Local Union 441 Apprenticeship Training School. I began my apprenticeship in 1996. I carry a Building Trades Journeyman Pipefitter card as well as a United Assoication Welder Certification card. 

The Pipefitter curriculum includes, but is not limited to, related sciences and mathematics, heavy rigging, signal person training, copper and alloy tube bending, power and process piping layout, drafting and installation, oxyfuel cutting, shielded metal arc welding. All courses are hands on. There is no substitution for union skilled labor.

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