Plumbing and Heating offers 2 one-year programs providing instruction in all phases of plumbing and heating technology. The students will learn installation, repair, and maintenance of plumbing and heating equipment.
In the plumbing year (2021-2022), students will learn the types of piping and fittings and the tools required for their proper installation. Domestic water heating by electricity, gas, oil and solar will be understood. Upon completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to receive credit for Plumbing Fundamentals in the Energy Services Technology program at Kennebec Valley Community College.In the Heating year (2022-2023), students will learn the basics of oil and gas heating systems. They will learn to use the tools to maintain, install and troubleshoot heating systems. Boilers and furnaces will be worked on in our lab. Students will be involved in the installation, maintenance, and adjustment of equipment. This will require skills learned in piping, wiring, control circuitry, and sheet metal. Hot air ductwork and hydronic heat distribution units, such as baseboard and radiant, will be installed as zone of heat in our shop. Solar, wood and refrigeration will be explored as heating sources in the trades.
Both courses use a nationally recognized curriculum with a national registry for qualified students. Graduates have basic entry-level skills to enter the workforce or continue their education in Plumbing & Heating at a technical college.
Qualities of a Successful Student:
- The ability to work well with others
- Willingness to learn
- Reading and comprehension skills
- A strong interest in the trade
Sample Wage Potential: PLUMBERS (2018 O*Net estimates)
- Maine: Median $51,090; Top 90% $68,730
- National: Median $53,910; Top 90% $93,700
- National Association of Home Builders Plumbing
- National Oilheat Research Alliance Bronze Course
- OSHA 10 Hour Construction Industry Course
College Credit Opportunities:
- Kennebec Valley Community College