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I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering ,and I have my minor in Industrial and Electrical Engineering. I am wondering what extra classes I need to take if I want to work as a industrial pipeline designer ?

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Luis "Lou"’s Answer

Why minor in industrial and electrical?, especially if you want to be a pipeline designer.
Regardless, talk to civil engineering department at your college and see what courses might help.

Thank you comment icon Thank you Luis. I choose industrial and electrical with a hope that I can get a job within oil industry in South Texas. However, I forgot about about to build a networking, so I couldn't get any job and back to school. Sam
Thank you comment icon If you want to work in that industry, but can't find a job, consider an internship. It is a hard time now in the oil and gas industry. You might have to also be open about location. Look in Louisiana, Idaho, Canada, Mexico and other places overseas. Good luck. Luis "Lou" Herrera
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Simon’s Answer

I was a piping designer for many years and still enjoy seeing a good piping layout. I learned from another piping designer. I'm not sure there is classes on piping design...you would have to check some local technical schools. Seeing some of the poor designed I think there should be. There are lots of good design and reference books (hand books) on industrial piping design and pumping fluids etc. Field experience, through a mechanical/piping contractor or engineering company to get familiar with the different components and systems is a must. Good luck and if you need more specifics, just ask.

Thank you comment icon Thank you Simon. I was wondering if you have a recommendation regarding a book or a website to read and learn more about piping industry. Sam
Thank you comment icon I'm travellong now, but will follow up when I return. Simon Robson
Thank you comment icon Remember I'm retired, so these will be old and I'm sure there are later versions or comparable references. My most favorite book was The "Piping Guide" parts 1 and 2, by David Sherwood and Dennis Whistance (1976), Piping Handbook y Sabin Crocker is a very detailed handbook but doesn't get into actual designs but covers lot of engineering. Process Piping Design by Rip Weaver is good for process piping. Other books that are good are a pump manufactures (Durco, Goulds etc.) have design books or sections in their catalogs. Finally some specific design books at good for example ventilation..... I used the industrial Ventilation Practices by the Committee of industrial Ventilation. The internet has a tons of information about designs also. Good luck. Simon Robson
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Peter’s Answer

Hello, Sam. It sounds as if you have given a great deal of thought for your career education. If you want to design pipelines, one course that I strongly recommend would be a hydraulics course, usually available in the Civil Engineering Dept. Hydraulics deals with the physics and behavior of fluids. It is a complex but essential area of knowledge for anyone dealing with pipelines.


Good luck, Pete Sturtevant, P.E.

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