tim in Saginaw, Michigan said: the best way to learn the pipe trade is to complete an apreticeship with a local pipefitting union.
you will learn an earn at the same time!!!!
in the south there is no union. but it is the same way here. you start at the bottom. and work from there.however; you do not get promoted by simple being there for a few years. if you pick it up quickly, you could be a top fitter in a year or two. or you can be a helper for the rest of your life. it is all up to you. learn how to read blueprints, take a drafting corse, it well help. learn your fitting formulas like the four by four, this will help you on take outs. study fulcrum points, this will help you with rigging. and good luck.