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Plumbing and Heating

Program Description

The Plumbing and Heating career major provides students with firsthand knowledge of the science and application of this high-demand trade. In the coming years, the need for plumbers and pipefitters is expected to outpace the supply of workers trained in this demanding but rewarding field.

In Plumbing and Heating, students gain hands-on experience with installation and repair of water, waste, gas, and heating systems in both residential homes and commercial buildings. Students are trained in the correct safety procedures in a shop and working environment, and participate in both in-school and out-of-school OSHA-certified construction projects. They become competent at sizing, cutting, and assembling different piping materials.

Students 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.

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. 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.

The program is aligned to the state curriculum standards found in the Massachusetts Frameworks for Plumbing.

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

Career Tree: Plumbing & Heating

First page of the PDF file: PlumbingCareerTree2019

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

College Partners

  • Central Maine Community College
  • New England Institute of Technology

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

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 City Hall