The Plumbing Program
Plumbing is a licensed trade that requires not only strong technical knowledge and skills but also a thorough understanding of the Massachusetts State Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code. The students in this program will also develop skill in blueprint reading, natural and propane gas piping, water and heat piping, drainage and various types of gas hydronic heating systems. This hands-on program allows the student to assemble various components of plumbing and heating systems in a supervised laboratory atmosphere within the technical program and participate in supervised off-campus projects. The curriculum consists of problem solving projects that require individual attention, as well as teamwork to complete.
The ninth grade exploratory program introduces students to the safe use of equipment used in the plumbing trade. Students will receive hands-on basic skill training in plumbing and pipefitting in the shop environment.
Students will be provided with instruction and experiences that will enable them to apply and demonstrate the acquisition of competencies in the following areas:
♦ Reading and interpreting prints
♦ Describing the fundamentals of the plumbing trade
♦ Installing fixtures
♦ Explaining the fundamentals of venting systems
♦ Installing fuel gas systems
♦ Installing drainage, waste, and vent piping
♦ Installing roof and area drains
♦ Servicing a plumbing system
♦ Identifying features of and regulations relating to water supplies
♦ Plumbing students must acquire 550 class hours and 8700 shop hours (1750 per year), this adds up to five years.
Upon graduation the student will have completed 330 class hours and 1750 shop hours. Once he gets his Apprentice license, he can continue to get is 230 hours and work 3 years in order to go for his Journeyman’s license.
♦ OSHA 10-hour Certification
♦ First Aid Certification
♦ CPR Certification
Career opportunities upon completion of this technical program include but are not limited to:
♦ Postsecondary Education
♦ Gas Fitters
♦ Journeyman Plumber
♦ Plumbing and Heating Maintenance
♦ Master Plumber
♦ Oil Burner Technician