Pipe Joining Qualifications

Plastic Pipe Joining Qualification & Training Classes

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation 192.285 requires pipeline operators to qualify employee and contractor personnel involved in the joining of polyethylene (PE) pipe. Personnel must be qualified annually in handling, preparing and joining PE pipe through mechanical, heat fusion, and/or electrofusion processes.  ARC Randolph & Associates, LLC certified instructors and evaluators can be scheduled to conduct quality, cost-effective pipe joining classes and/or qualifications onsite for you and your company.  For more information or to schedule classes contact us today at (724) 914-8707.

Join Plastic Pipe with Heat Fusion

  • Joining of Plastic Pipe - Butt Fusion: Manual
  • Joining of Plastic Pipe - Butt Fusion: Hydraulic
  • Joining of Plastic Pipe - Sidewall Heat Fusion
  • Joining of Plastic Pipe - Electrofusion
  • Joining of Plastic Pipe - Socket Heat Fusion

Join Plastic Pipe with Mechanical Fittings

  • Joining of Plastic Pipe – Stab Fittings
  • Joining of Pipe – Non-Bottom Out Compression Couplings
  • Joining of Pipe – Bottom Out Compression Couplings
  • Joining of Pipe – Compression Couplings

Part 192 - Transportation of Natural or Other Gas by Pipeline

Subpart F - Joining of Materials Other than by Welding 192.285 Plastic pipe; qualifying persons to make joints

1. No person may make a plastic pipe joint unless that person has been qualified under the applicable joining procedure by:

1. Appropriate training or experience in the use of the procedure; and
2. Making a specimen joint from pipe sections joined according to the procedure that passes the inspection and test set forth in paragraph (b) of this section.

2. The specimen joint must be:
1. Visually examined during and after assembly or joining and found to have the same appearance as a joint or photographs of a joint that is acceptable under the procedure; and

2. In the case of a heat fusion, solvent cement, or adhesive joint;

1. Tested under any one of the test methods listed under 192.283(a) applicable to the type of joint and material being tested;
2. Examined by ultrasonic inspection and found not to contain flaws that would cause failure; or
3. Cut into at least 3 longitudinal straps, each of which is:

1. Visually examined and found not to contain voids or discontinuities on the cut surfaces of the joint area; and
2. Deformed by bending, torque, or impact, and if failure occurs, it must not initiate in the joint area.

3. A person must be requalified under an applicable procedure, if during any 12-month period that person:

1. Does not make any joints under that procedure; or
2. Has 3 joints or 3% of the joints made, whichever is greater, under that procedure that are found unacceptable by testing under 192.513.

4. Each operator shall establish a method to determine that each person making joints in plastic pipelines in his system is qualified in accordance with this section.

[Amdt. 192-34A, 45 FR 9935, Feb. 14, 1980, as amended by Amdt. 192-34B, 46 FR 39, Jan. 2, 1981]