Modern Pipefitter's Manual

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Modern Pipefitter's Manual

Modern Pipefitter's Handbook


By Rex Miller and Mark R. Miller




A pipefitter is a tradesperson who installs, assembles, fabricates, maintains, and repairs mechanical piping systems.  Piping can consist of copper, PVC, CPVC, polyethylene, and galvanized pipe, which is typically glued, soldered, or threaded.  Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn on the job through an apprenticeship, but also go through licensing and accreditation.  According to the Occupations Handbook, there are at least 950,000 pipefitting jobs in 2018.  The pipefitting industry is expected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.  Construction of buildings and the need for new septic and mechanical systems should drive demand for qualified workers.  Well-trained and knowledgeable pipe fitters are urgently needed in the U.S., Canada, and also New Zealand and Australia, in particular.


The Pipefitters Handbook has been THE indispensable reference for pipefitters of all levels for about 50 years.  It continues to sell well, despite its age and outdated appearance.  Here, in one book, the authors are modernizing this work for the entire pipefitting trade. And it is the perfect resource for all those entering the trade.




  • Includes much more information on plastic pipes and tubing, which was NOT covered before. 
  • Features modern materials, standards, and requirements. 
  • All state exams are taken into consideration. 
  • Incorporates true/false and multiple-choice questions – the type students studying for the certification will see on their official exams. 
  • Tools and instruments are discussed to familiarize the individual with the labor-saving devices and their correct utilization. 

Rex Miller is professor Emeritus of Industrial Technology at State University of New York, College at Buffalo, and has taught technical courses on all levels from high school through graduate school for over 40 years. This includes the supervision of construction of six houses across the spectrum in size and complexity. This also includes the construction of a house from his own prints and design. He is experienced in plumbing and electrical work. Dr. Miller is author or co-author of over 100 textbooks and a like number of magazine articles. His books include McGraw-Hill’s Carpentry and Construction, Electricity and Electronics for HVAC and Industrial Electricity & Electric Motor Controls.


Mark R. Miller is Professor and Coordinator of Industrial Technology at The University of Texas at Tyler. This Dr. Miller is the author or co-author of more than 40 textbooks for trades and technical programs, including: Audel’s Refrigeration: Home and Commercial, and McGraw-Hill’s Electricity and Electronics for HVAC and McGraw-Hill’s bestselling Carpentry and Construction, now in its 6th Edition, and McGraw-Hill’s Miller’s Guide to Home Plumbing.

  • Ch 1: Introduction to Pipefitting
  • Ch 2: Power and Industrial Pipe Bending
  • Ch 3: Pipe Fabrications
  • Ch 4: Soldering, Brazing, Plastic Pipe Welding & Chemical Fastening
  • Ch 5: Offset Connections, Screwed & Flanged Fittings
  • Ch 6: Reference Data—pipes, valves, copper tubing
  • Ch 7: Metals Used in Pipes (Melting Temperatures)
  • Ch 8: Pipe Fitting and Architectural Design
  • Ch 9: The Internet as an Information Source for Latest in Pipes, Pipe processes
  • Ch 10: Plastic piping & tubing: CPVC, PVC, ABS, & PEX
  • Glossary / Pipefitter’s Dictionary
  • Math tables, conversions tables, areas & volumes, and formulas
  • Pipefitters career opportunities.