Pipe Fitting Challenge (DVGW / rbv)


Demonstration of a pipeline

The Pipe Fitting Challenge held by the Pipeline Construction Association (RBV)and the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) focuses on the generation of new talent. Due to the skills shortage, increasingly specialized sectors are now competing with each other for capable young talent. The Pipe Fitting Challenge presents the advantages and potential of the pipeline construction sector on the platform provided by the World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management.

An opportunity for young talent

For young people who are about to choose a career, it is a chance to learn about the job profiles and career opportunities of the industry. This competition will clearly highlight just how attractive the job profiles are and how exciting the work involved in pipeline construction is.

The professionals in the competition

In the Pipe Fitting Challenge, teams from pipeline construction companies, training institutions, and network operators from Germany and abroad compete in their profession: Alongside trained professionals and managers, aspiring specialists from the pipeline construction sector also have the chance to show off their skills to a wide audience.

The competition is divided into three categories: Apprentices, professionals and managers. The challenge therefore shows how technical expertise, modern materials, and innovative laying techniques are intertwined in practice on a pipeline construction site.

The tasks of the Pipe Fitting Challenge

The focus will be on practical relevance: Depending on the category, the teams will be tasked with constructing a water supply network from cast iron and PE pipes or assembling a home connection using PE pipes. The criterion for successfully completing the task will be whether the pipeline system is leakproof.

Each system will be checked at the end of each competition by running nitrogen through the pipes with the aim of bursting a balloon placed on the end of the line. The teams’ performance will be assessed by an independent expert panel of referees, who will duly judge the implementation in terms of time and quality.

Each team will consist of three members.

How to apply

To take part in the Pipe Fitting Challenge and have the chance to present your company and demonstrate the diversity of roles in the pipeline construction sector at IFAT, please apply to the Pipeline Construction Association via the following e-mail address: romanowski@rbv-koeln.de.

You can also find further information here regarding competition conditions, participation, and the application procedure. We would like to wish all participants an exciting and successful competition.

In the pipeline: the film on the industry.

The film provides a taster of the output volume of the industry. The task fields and the activities of the specialists in the pipe construction sector are impressively demonstrated in various film clips.

 

 
 
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At present, two new trade show halls are being built at the exhibition center in Munich. Therefore the location of some exhibition sectors is going to change.

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