Lee College Pipefitting Program is based on the standardized craft curriculum developed by The National Center of Construction Education and Research. This system maintains a national record of each student’s educational achievements allowing potential employers to quickly verify an applicant’s qualifications.
The Pipefitting Program at Lee College places special emphasis on hands-on training using our three large and completely equipped labs. Blueprint reading and isometric sketching are given special attention as requested by local industries. Threading pipe, socket-weld and butt-weld pipe fabrication skills and the mathematics needed to lay out and build these projects are thoroughly covered.
Lee College sits at the center of the largest petrochemical complex in the world. New construction of plants, remodeling and overhauling of existing facilities and the maintenance of these plants is the main source of employment in our immediate industrial area. Pipefitters can expect to progress from entry-level helper, to journeyman to supervisors as their knowledge and experience increases. Most area companies have standing calls for pipefitters.
Pipefitters are employed by pipeline construction contractors, maintenance contractors and subcontractors, thermal or steam generating plants, manufacturers, utility companies, oil refineries, gas plants, pulp mills, and chemical plants.
Hourly wages for pipefitters can range anywhere from about $18 to $36 an hour, although some senior pipefitters in supervisory positions can make more. The median wage for all pipefitters is about $25 an hour. Annual income for pipefitters varies widely depending on their hourly wages and the number of hours they work in a year. However, most pipefitters earn somewhere between $35,000 and $75,000 a year.