Plumbing & Heating

Program Description

  • The Plumbing program provides students with fi  rsthand knowledge of the science and application of plumbing. Students will be trained in the correct safety procedures in a shop and working environment, as well as being required to be OSHA certified to participate in off-school construction projects. Students will also be competent at sizing, cutting, and assembling different piping materials; and can earn up to 1,700 hours toward completion of the State Plumbing Board requirements to sit for their Journeyman’s license working on off-campus construction projects. They also can gain 330 hours of related theory instruction. The program is aligned to the state curriculum standards found in the MA Frameworks for Plumbing. Demand for plumbers and pipefitters is expected to outpace the supply of workers trained in this demanding but rewarding field. Plumbing is a licensed trade requiring not only highly technical knowledge and skill, but also a thorough understanding of the Massachusetts State Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code. The Plumbing program is designed to feature both shop and off-campus job site learning opportunities. Students gain hands-on experience with installation and repair of water, waste, gas, and heating systems in both residential homes and commercial buildings. To be a successful plumber, a person should be in good physical health, have good math and mechanical aptitude, be willing to work on new construction, renovation projects, and be able to work in a neat, professional manner.

Course Content

    • Plumbing Safety Practices
    • Hand/Power Tools
    • Power Tools
    • Rigging
    • Safety & Installation Practices
    • Materials, Tools & Joining
    • Methods used in Plumbing
    • Valves & Devices used in Plumbing
    • Plumbing Terminology
    • Drainage
    • Building Sanitary Waste & Venting Systems
    • Allowable Materials & Approval Procedures
    • Plumbing Traps
    • Cleanouts
    • Plumbing Code
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Portable Water Supply
    • Gas Fitting
    • Water Supply
    • Testing & Safety
    • Storm Drains
    • Gas Code
    • Fixture Installation
    • Sustainability & Green Technologies

Employers Hiring Minuteman Graduates

    • Dan-Cel Plumbing
    • F.A. Williams Co.
    • Barrell Plumbing & Heating
    • T.F. Fallon Plumbing & Heating
    • Kirkland & Shaw Plumbing & Heating
    • Joseph G. Perry Plumbing
    • J.J. Sullivan Plumbing

Advisory Committee Partners

    • Avon Supply
    • Barrell Plumbing & Heating
    • Burrell Plumbing & Heating
    • Cambridge City Hall
    • Dan-Cel Plumbing
    • F.A. Williams Co. Inc.
    • Ferraro Mechanical Inc.
    • First Rate Plumbing & Heating
    • Kirkland & Shaw Plumbing & Heating
    • Marchant Plumbing & Electric
    • McDonald Plumbing & Heating
    • Town of Lexington
    • Watertown Town Hall

Industry Certifications

    • OSHA 10-Hour General
    • Industry Safety
    • Can earn up to 330 hours of the required 550 related theory hours and 1,700 hours of the 8,500 hours of practical required by The State Board of Plumbers and Gas Fitters in order to be eligible to sit for the Journeyman’s exam.

Possible Career Pathways

    • Apprentice Plumber
    • Business Owner
    • Construction Management
    • Journeyman Plumber
    • Master Plumber
    • Plumbing Engineer
    • Plumbing Inspector
    • Plumbing Supervisor

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Starting Salary

    • Apprentice
      $20,000 - $28,000
    • Journeyman
      $50,000 - $60,000
    • Master
      $70,000 - $80,000

    *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Website: bls.gov/ooh

College Partners

    • Central Maine Community College
    • New England Institute of Technology