* This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
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What does a Plumber do?
Install, repair, and maintain pipes, fixtures and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and wastewater disposal in new construction or existing residential, commercial and industrial buildings Install the piping for any process, including the conveyance of gas, or any tubing for a pneumatic or air-handling system.Read and understand design drawings, manufacturer’s literature and installation diagrams for piping and connected appliances.
● You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
● You may work outside at various times of the year and experience a considerable range of environmental and olfactory conditions
● You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
● You are in good physical condition and are able to carry materials and fixtures
Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values:
● Reading blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine layout of plumbing systems, water supply networks and waste and drainage systems
● Installing repairing and maintaining domestic, commercial or industrial plumbing fixtures and systems
● Locating and marking positions for pipe connections, passage holes and fixtures in walls and floors
● Measuring, cutting , bending and threading pipes using hand and power tools or machines
● Testing pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges
● Communicating with co-workers, other trades and contractors
● Planning and performing complex calculations for specialized projects
● Costing and estimating the work to be performed
The course offers a review of the following topics:
● Hydronic Heating and Cooling Systems
● Review of Plumbing Theory
● Water Supply Systems
● Review of Terminology and Practice
● Selection of Correct Piping, Tubing
● Fixtures and Units Installation
● Review of Building Code Relevant to Part 7
● Reading/Interpreting Isometrics, Blueprints and Schematics
● Maintenance Requirements for Sewers/Drains
● Installation & Maintenance of Water Systems
● Pipe Installation; PVC, ABS, Copper, Steel
● Troubleshooting, Detection, Repair & Maintenance
● Boilers and Controls
● Operation of Machines and Tools
● Fittings, Stacks, Wastes and Vents
● Welding, Treading Machines
Registration is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. This course is recommended for persons with related experience.
What’s Your Future as a Plumber?
While you might assume that a Plumber just visits homes to install new sinks or tubs, a Plumber’s workplace might also be a construction site for a new office tower, a factory floor, or a residential apartment building. Technological advances in plumbing are creating a need for plumbers with computer literacy as they begin to use computers in drawing, estimating and cost reporting. New technologies are also affecting gas and water piping and the expanding use of integrated plumbing systems in home construction. Employers who hire plumbers include:
● Plumbing , Heating and Air Conditioning Construction firms
● A good percentage of plumbers are self-employed
● An Apprentice earns less than a Journeyperson, but as your skills and expertise improve, your wage increases
● Wages for fully qualified plumbers vary from $25.00-$40.00 per hour