Degree, Certificate or Diploma
The Plumbing Technology program of study prepares students for entry-level skills positions in both the residential and commercial plumbing industry. Classes focus on safety, hand and power tools, materials, pipe joining methods, codebook layout, pipefitting, troubleshooting, print reading, and trade calculation. Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma.
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What will you do
Those who complete plumbing education programs can find jobs as general plumbers, pipefitters, or sprinkler fitters.
Plumbers install, repair, and maintain systems for transporting water, sewage, and gas. Plumbers who work for construction companies hook up and install a building’s plumbing and water systems to the available municipal or other water supply, adhering to codes and using a variety of tools and measurements to ensure accuracy. Those who work for plumbing repair companies visit homes and businesses to repair water, sewer, and plumbing systems, fix sinks or toilets, or replace worn or broken pipes.
Pipefitters work with high and low-pressure pipe systems used in manufacturing, power generation, and heating and cooling systems. They install and maintain these specialized systems and work on the control systems that allow for their operation and monitoring. Some pipefitters specialize in one particular area, such as the movement of high-pressure liquids or gases. Unlike plumbers, their sole concern is the proper functioning of pipes and their connections.
- Average: $30.54
- Entry: $15.32
- Experienced: $43.44
|MAT 743 - Technical Math 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
|IND 109 - Equipment Safety and Operation||3.0 Credit(s)|
|PLU 148 - Plan and Print Reading for Plumbing||2.0 Credit(s)|
|PLU 108 - Plumbing Code||3.0 Credit(s)|
|PLU 178 - Residential Plumbing Lab||6.0 Credit(s)|
Semester Total: 17.0 Credits
|PLU 101 - Pipefitting for Maintenance Trades||2.0 Credit(s)|
|PLU 188 - Commercial Plumbing Lab||6.0 Credit(s)|
|PLU 198 - Applied Plumbing Practices||3.0 Credit(s)|
|HCR 458 - Alternative Energy Sources||2.0 Credit(s)|
Semester Total: 13.0 Credits
Total Semester Hours Required: 30.0
1May substitute with MAT 102 or higher
Upon the successful completion of the program students will:
- Describe materials and tools used for standard residential and commercial plumbing projects.
- Adhere to safety rules and regulations relevant to the industry.
- Interpret plumbing blueprint reading.
- Summarize codes and how they apply to plumbing systems.
- Explain the components and assembly techniques required for standard pipe and water supply systems.
- Diagnose plumbing systems.
- Troubleshoot plumbing systems.
- Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database