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Career Area: Architecture and Construction
Program Number: 50-427-0
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Preparatory Plumbing student working on faucets

Plumbing Careers

Plumbers possess the skills and knowledge to plan, install and service plumbing systems, which can include those connected to washers, bathtubs, sinks, toilets, and heating and cooling systems. Receive high-quality, hands-on classroom instruction that complements on-the-job apprenticeship training critical for success in the industrial trades.


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Plumbers install, repair and maintain the water supply, septic/waste water treatment, drainage, and gas systems in and around homes, commercial and industrial buildings in accordance with state plumbing codes. Plumbing tasks include: assembling, installing and repairing pipes, fittings, heating fixtures, and water and drainage systems according to specifications and plumbing codes. Plumbers also install sanitary facilities; such as lavatories, toilets, tubs, bathroom fixtures, showers, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains and laundry equipment.

Details and Requirements

  • 5-year training program
  • 7,500 hours of on-the-job training
  • 500 hours paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required
  • Topics include plumbing code, repair and service, materials, installation of fixtures and appliances, system design, trade math, safety, science, blueprint reading and isometric drawing

Apprenticeship Information

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation