First students complete PRCC pipefitting class | Schools
The following is a press release from Pearl River Community College:
Five students completed the pilot pipefitting class at Pearl River Community College this summer, preparing them for entry-level jobs in a number of industries.
In addition to the skills, they earned an industry-recognized Certificate in Pipefitting and Application for NCCER Certification in the following topics: core curriculum, introductory craft skills, Level 1, Level 2 and 10 hours OSHA, said instructor Joel Dickens.
“There’s a lot of opportunity,” said student Dale Beach of Poplarville.
Student Eric Magee is a graduate of PRCC’s welding program and took the course to add to his skills.
“It’s a great opportunity for work,” he said. “It’s a field that’s wide open and it’s a lost art. The class was suggested by Ingalls (Shipbuilding) - they need pipefitters.”
The 240-hour pilot course met for six weeks. An evening course will begin Aug. 6 and end Nov. 10.
The students built several items during the course, including an enclosure that could be used around an in-ground drain.
“That’s structural pipefitting,” Dickens said. “I teach them how to lay out all the special standards and things.”
The fall semester pipefitting class will meet from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 6 through Nov. 10. Cost is $475 and tuition assistance is available.
The course is offered by the PRCC Department of Workforce Education. Call 601-403-1241 for more details and/or an application for the class.
Contact the nearest WIN Job Center to ask about WIA (Workforce Investment Act) funding. For more information on assistance, contact Rebekah Nelson at 601-554-4663 or email@example.com.
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