Steamfitters work with metals such as carbon and stainless steel, as well as other alloy metals. These metals are shaped through welding and bending to fit specifications for industrial use. Fitters are involved in the process from planning to installation, and will work with tools such as levels, grinders, dies, and welding torches.
A steamfitter will typically create a sketch or a blueprint of a pipe installation, or be called upon to interpret existing blueprints. During this process, the fitter is also responsible for selecting the type and size of the pipe, as well as determining other related materials and equipment that are required for the project. From there, the fitter will manipulate metal to form the pipes according to specifications.
Types of manipulation that a pipefitter will perform on pipes and metal include but are not limited to:
When the pipes are ready, the fitter will transport them on location and install them. The installation is very important and workers must take care to avoid obstructions and also interference with work currently going on in the building. After installation is complete, several tests are performed to check for any leaks, support issues, and performance against high-pressure environments.
Adjustments are made to ensure the system will run smoothly until the next maintenance, which is usually performed by a steamfitter. They can also be called upon to repair existing systems or replace pipes as needed.
TLC Trade School helps Daniel Hurlock prepare for job interviews in the HVAC industry. Daniel applied the tools, knowledge and education he learned at TLC Trade School to convince prospective employers he was the best person for the job.
"It was within a few weeks after applying I had more than one job offer."
At this time, trade schools are not part of phase 1 reopening as defined by Governor Baker.
Therefore, we have designed instructor-led virtual labs with our virtual and online course material. For courses that require lab work, each student will have their own log in to the virtual lab. We will be ready to launch the new system when our "April" classes begin on June 15.
We will be in touch before that time to assign login information and instructions. Please stay tuned and call us at 508-987-1852 if you have any questions.
TLC Specializes in quality instruction combined with hands-on training in Massachusetts. Learn more about our welding program
TLC Welding Classes beginning soon -- see details here
Welders are in high demand in industries ranging from automotive fabrication and motorsports to aerospace, energy and manufacturing, and are particularly in demand for major infrastructure projects including bridges, highways, office buildings, schools, pipelines, power plants, refineries and even spacecraft. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be more than 488,000 job openings for welders by the year 2028.
About the Program
Combines: WELD01 Fundamentals of Welding, WELD02 Gas and Arc Welding Theory, WELD02L Gas and Arc Welding Lab, WELD03 Technical Blueprint Reading, WELD04 MIG Welding Theory, WELD04L MIG, GMAW, and FCAW Welding Lab, WELD05 TIG Welding, WELD06 Pipe Welding, WELD06L Pipe Welding Lab, WELD07 Manufacturing and Repair Techniques
Objective: This program covers general tasks performed by welders; including safety procedures applied during welding and cutting operations. Students will learn to read and interpret welding symbols provided from construction drawings. This program will provide students with the necessary tools to safely set up and operate oxygen and acetylene torches, preheat and torch cut steel, and learn the basics of welding metals by fusion and adding filler metal, along with hand eye coordination and good puddle control. Students will be able to apply skills learned to both construction and manufacturing industries. This program will cover Gas and Arc Welding Theory as well as Technical Blueprint Reading. Students will be able to understand both theories of MIG, TIG, GMAW, and FCAW welding. This program will cover Pipe welding as well as manufacturing and repair techniques.
Course Contact Hours: 800 Clock Hours
Schedule: Day, Full Time – 9:30 am - 2:00 pm – 40 Weeks
Level of Employment: Student qualifies for a Welding Technician position
Great to see TLC grad Tom Belsito having so much success in his career after graduating.
According to Tom: "Since graduating from TLC I've nearly doubled my salary from my previous job.
The teachers at TLC were outstanding and the ability to learn in a hands-on environment was great.
I would highly recommend TLC to anyone looking to make a career change and learn a valuable trade."
TLC HVAC Trade School Testimonial - John Surprenant
As many college students get ready for their fall semesters to begin, they are left with the daunting prices of tuition that continue to climb every year. With the rise of college degrees among Americans, young students graduating from high school feel their only option is to continue their education by going to a public or private university and by doing so they are simultaneously taking on hefty tuition fees.
In most cases fees are paid for through student learns, which, in turn, are leaving them graduating with debt that far exceeds their “young professional” paycheck.
What seems to be a continuous rise in tuition fees leaves you wondering what other options do these young students have as they go into the next phase of their lives?
An option often overlooked is trade schools. Trade schools offer a variety of options geared to meet the demands of the professional market seeking skilled workers.
Individuals who enter these fields have a median starting entry pay of $60,000 while others studying liberal arts and communications at large-scale universities have an entry pay of $30,000-$40,000.
Tuition costs and median entry-level pay per profession leaves many young students wondering if going to a public or private university is still what was once seen as an investment.