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Students in the Plumbing Technology program learn how
to design, install, and repair residential and commercial
plumbing systems and hydronic heating systems. Some
of the skills acquired are joining different types of piping
materials, reading blueprints, and installing and repairing
boilers, plumbing fixtures, faucets, and water heaters.
Employment opportunities in the plumbing and pipefitting industries include the installation of plumbing and
heating systems in new buildings and the installation and
maintenance of plumbing, heating, and piping systems for
industries, public utilities, or government agencies. Selfemployment is another option. Many graduates become selfemployed plumbers after completing their apprenticeships.
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A graduate of this program will be able to do the following:
* Apply safety principles and demonstrate good work
habits in the trade.
* Use the hand and power tools of the trade.
* Identify piping materials and install them using proper
* Use and apply trade terms and technical data.
* Read and interpret blueprints, specifications, and codes
as they apply to the trade.
* Lay out, estimate, calculate, and use mathematical
skills as required in the trade.
* Install, maintain, and repair plumbing, heating, and
mechanical systems and equipment.
* Keep abreast of new developments in the field.
* Demonstrate the ability to write letters of application,
memos, work orders, reports, and apply communication
skills in the world of work.