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Qualification: Pipeline fitter (m/f)

Pipeline fitter (m/f)

Qualification Information

Type of qualification

This qualification is a dual vocational education and training (3-year and 3½-year training course). The vocational education and training system is highly significant in Germany. Central importance in this regard is attached to training within the dual system, which facilitates access to many areas of occupational activity for which in other countries training at an institute of higher education is required. The system is described as “dual” because training is conducted at two independent training venues, the company and the vocational school. Training combines the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practically related competences with company practice. Successful completion of training confers the right directly to exercise the occupation in question as a qualified skilled worker in a state recognised training occupation. It also leads to the subsequent opportunity to access a wide range of upgrading training.

Those completing training hold the professional skills, knowledge and competences (employability skills) necessary for the exercising of a qualified occupational activity. They are in possession of competences for the autonomous planning and processing of professional tasks assigned within a comprehensive area of learning or field of occupational activity which is subject to change.

Description of the qualification (learning outcomes)

Invoice for services provided and conduct official handover of vacated job site,
Use equipment and machinery,
Erect work, load bearing and protective scaffolding and calibrate plant components and construction machinery sub-assemblies,
Carry out excavation work, line construction pits and trenches, fill in and compress earth, and build embankments,
Carry out open and closed drainage for soil-course water and groundwater,
Process pressure pipes made of metallic and synthetic materials,
Fit and set up pressure pipelines and accessories and fittings made of different materials for the transportation of liquid and gaseous media,
Work on operational pressure pipelines for gas, water and district heating,
Lay branch line connections to individual buildings,
Protect pressure pipelines against corrosion and chemical influences,
Inspect and disinfect pipelines,
Build pipelines using techniques not involving trenches,
Overhaul and maintain pressure pipelines,
Build cable ducts and lay cables and cable pipes,
Build manhole constructions using prefabricated parts, concrete and masonry,
Carry out related tasks to restore the road surface,
Carry out related tasks in the field of construction,
Work autonomously either alone or in conjunction with others to execute works on the basis of technical documentation and work orders,
Plan and coordinate work,
Coordinate work with those involved in the construction works,
Set up construction sites,
Initiate measures to safeguard the work process and ensure safety, health and safety at work and environmental protection at the construction site,
Check the quality of the work for any errors in execution, document works,
Carry out quality assurance measures

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Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Access requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements. Compulsory schooling of nine or ten full-time school years have to be completed. The training relationship is constituted via conclusion of a vocational education and training contract with a private sector company or comparable institution.

Ways to acquire: 

Training takes place at a company and at a vocational school. During company-based training, trainees acquire practically related competences within a real working environment. On one or two days a week or during blocks of one to two weeks’ duration, trainees attend vocational school, where general and occupationally related contents of a theoretical nature are imparted in a way that is linked to the practical training provided at the company. Training concludes with a final examination conducted by the examination board of the competent body.

Persons who are able to demonstrate that they have been employed in an occupation or in another relevant training occupation for a period at least one and a half times as long as is prescribed for the period of initial training or who are able to produce certificates or other evidence to prove that they have acquired sufficient employability skills may also be admitted to the final examination (so-called “external examination”).