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Program Description

The Plumbing Technology program of study is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in plumbing and related fields. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasis a combination of plumbing theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Plumbing Technology diploma and have the qualification of an apprentice plumber.

Nature of the Work

Plumbers install and repair the water, waste disposal, drainage, and gas systems in homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Plumbers also install plumbing fixtures—bathtubs, showers, sinks, and toilets—and appliances such as dishwashers, waste disposers, and water heaters.

Employment

Plumbers, pipelayers, pipefitters, and steamfitters constitute one of the largest construction occupations, holding about 555,900 jobs in 2008. About 56 percent worked for plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors engaged in new construction, repair, modernization, or maintenance work. Others were employed by a variety of industrial, commercial, and government employers. Pipefitters, for example, were employed in the petroleum and chemical industries to maintain the pipes that carry industrial liquids and gases. About 12 percent of plumbers, pipelayers, pipefitters, and steamfitters were self-employed.

Job Outlook

Employment of plumbers, pipelayers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is expected to grow 16 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for plumbers will stem from new construction and from renovation of buildings. In addition, repair and maintenance of existing residential systems will keep plumbers employed.A growing emphasis on water conservation, particularly in dryer parts of the country, that will require retrofitting in order to conserve water in new ways will increase demand for plumbers.

Earnings

Plumbers, pipelayers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are among the highest paid workers in construction occupations. Median hourly wages of wage and salary plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters were $21.94 in May 2008.The middle 50 percent earned between $16.63 and $29.66.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $13.22, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $37.93.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians and Aides, on the Internet at http://www.bls. gov/oco/ocos211.htm



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There are no available degrees at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.


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Plumbing Technology Diploma (47 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
2
 
Plumbing Technology
occupational courses
PLBG 1000 Introduction to Plumbing
3
PLBG 1160 Plumbing Drawings
3
PLBG 1210 Pipes \ Valves and Fittings
3
PLBG 1220 Drainage Systems
3
PLBG 1240 Water Supply Systems
3
PLBG 1260 Plumbing Fixtures and Applianc
3
PLBG 1280 Gas Piping \ Venting & Appliance
3
PLBG 1310 Special Plumbing Systems
3
PLBG 1320 Plumbing Service
3
PLBG 1330 Plumbing Codes
3
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
Choose from the following courses for a minimum of 6 credits:
PLBG 1070 PhysScience&Mechan/PipeTrades
(3)
PLBG 2160 Advanced Drawing & Plan Reading
(3)
PLBG 2330 Advanced Plumbing Code Applic.
(3)
PLBG 1500 Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control
(3)
PLBG 2500 Plumbing Technology/Practicum/Internship
(3)
 


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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

COMPASS SCORES
Min. Scores
Writing
Reading
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Degree
Diploma
32
70
26
N/A



Instructors & Faculty

Crawford, Mark