Plumbing

Program Description:

Plumbing and pipe fitting has experienced tremendous growth in the past decade. This is due to increased construction activity and growth in areas which use extensive pipe work such as chemical plants, oil refineries, water treatment plants, and waste disposal plants. The ongoing new construction, remodeling, and repairing of plumbing and pipe fitting creates additional demand for hiring more plumbers and pipe fitters.

Students master many basic plumbing skills including the following: pipe threading, soldering copper tubing, oxy-acetylene brazing and cutting, assembling cast iron pipe with lead oakum joints, and joining polyvinyl chloride pipe with solvent cement.

Students practice these skills by working on a mock house in the shop area. They work on the installation of a complete plumbing system including waste and vent piping, plumbing fixtures and hot water heater. They also learn how to install hydronic heating systems. Extensive instruction is given in the repair and maintenance of plumbing system fixtures. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce as apprentice plumbers or pursue post-secondary education.

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