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) focused 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 presented 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 was a chance to learn about the job profiles and career opportunities of the industry. This competition clearly highlighted 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 competed in their profession: Alongside trained professionals and managers, aspiring specialists from the pipeline construction sector also had the chance to show off their skills to a wide audience.

The competition was divided into three categories: Apprentices, professionals and managers. The challenge therefore showed 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 was on practical relevance: Depending on the category, the teams were 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 was whether the pipeline system is leakproof.

Each system was 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 was assessed by an independent expert panel of referees, who duly judged the implementation in terms of time and quality.

Each team consisted of three members.

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.