Plumbing, Heating and Cooling

Program Description

Students enrolled in the CTECS Plumbing, Heating & Cooling career program will obtain instruction and demonstrate skills and knowledge in construction safety, measuring and blueprint reading, calculations of plumbing, heating and cooling systems including; drainage fixture units, water supply fixture units, gas pipe sizing, calculations of ductwork & heating systems with an emphasis on both heat loss and heat gain heating and cooling calculations. Students are also instructed on Domestic and Commercial Refrigeration systems, hybrid heat pump technology, gas, as well as oil heating systems.

Students’ in the Plumbing, Heating & Cooling program receive both on-site and off-campus jobsite learning opportunities simulating real-world applications. Students are instructed upon the installation and repair of water, waste, gas as well as mechanical systems such as installation and repair of refrigeration, heating, and cooling mechanical systems in both residential homes and commercial buildings.

In addition, students enrolled in the Plumbing, Heating & Cooling program will also obtain instruction in energy efficiency, environmental, renewable energy, as well as energy conservation practices. The systems that control indoor climate are constantly evolving to reflect technological advancements and environmental concerns.

The demand for plumbing, heating and cooling technicians is expected to outpace the supply of workers trained in this demanding but rewarding field. This career area is considered to be “In-Demand, Job Growth” Category as per CT-DOL. Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are licensed trades that requires not only highly technical knowledge and skill, but also a thorough understanding of the Connecticut adopted ICC Plumbing and Mechanical Codes.

Students receive up to 720 hours of instruction upon successful completion of the program. Students may be able to receive 1500 hours towards a career affiliated apprenticeship upon graduation* (*Upon Employer Acceptance)

Students are eligible to participate in work-based learning (WBL) in grades 11 & 12. This program allows companies to hire students during the school day to work as a pre-apprentice in the plumbing & heating industry.  Students will receive CT-DOL approved credit for their work experience which is an important pipeline for getting our students into industry.

Program Standards

  • Identify, describe and apply health and safety regulations that apply to specific tasks and Jobsite Safety. Students must complete a safety credential program. Practice Shop and Jobsite Safety.
  • Identify, describe and apply Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other environmental protection regulations that apply to specific tasks and jobs in the specific occupational area.
  • Understand career opportunities in the Plumbing and HVAC industry
  • Understand joining methods for piping and sheet metal materials
  • Study blueprints, design specifications, or manufacturers' recommendations to ascertain the configuration of Plumbing & HVAC fixtures and appliances to ensure the proper installation. Perform blueprint reading, sketching and estimating according to code.
  • Lay out full scale drawings of pipe systems, supports, or related equipment, according to blueprints
  • Demonstrate safe hand/power tool uses and operations
  • Identify, define and demonstrate the features and the regulations relating to water supplies.
  • Design and Install drainage, waste, and vent piping systems according to code.
  • Installation and Service Plumbing & HVAC Components.
  • Inspect, examine, or test installed systems or pipe lines, using pressure gauge, hydrostatic testing, observation, or other methods.
  • Attach pipes to walls, structures, or fixtures, such as radiators or tanks, using brackets, clamps, tools, or welding equipment.
  • Install pipes, fixtures, appliances, or equipment designed to reduce water or energy consumption
  • Install pipe systems to support alternative energy-fueled systems, such as solar thermal systems, and heat pump water heaters.
  • Install pipe systems to support conservation systems, such as rain-water and grey water systems.
  • Install automatic controls to regulate pipe systems
  • Installation of Fuel Gas. Demonstrate techniques in sizing and installing fuel gas systems.
  • Design, Install and Service of Hydronic Heating Equipment and Systems (Oil, Gas)
  • Design, Install and Repair gas and oil heating systems
  • Prepare cost estimates for clients
  • Career Exploration and Navigation

Industry Certifications

  • BPI- Building Science Principles Certificate
  • CT-DOL approved related instruction hours
  • CSST Certification
  • EPA- Section 608 Refrigeration Certification
  • Ladder & Scaffolding Certification
  • North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
  • HVACR-Service and Repair Certification
  • PHCC level: 101, 201 & 301 industry certifications
  • OSHA 1926 (Construction Industry) certification
  • Skills USA - Career Readiness
  • Uponor PEX Tubing Certification
  • Workforce Ready-Residential Plumbing

Career Pathways:

  • Apprentice Plumber
  • Apprentice HVAC Technician
  • Apprentice Refrigeration Technician
  • Apprentice Sheet Metal Installer
  • P-2 Plumbing Mechanic
  • J-2 Pump Servicer and Installer
  • J-4 Lawn Sprinkler Installer and Maintainer
  • P-6 Sewer, Storm and Water Lines Installer
  • P-8 Gasoline Tank Installer and Repairer
  • S-2 Heating and Cooling Mechanic
  • S-4 Heating Mechanic
  • S-6 LIMITED Heating Mechanic
  • S-8 LIMITED Heating Mechanic
  • S-10 LIMITED Heating and Cooling Mechanic
  • B-2/B-4 OIL BURNER SERVICER/INSTALLER
  • D-2 WARM AIR Heating and Cooling Mechanic
  • D-4 Refrigeration Mechanic
  • SM-2 SHEET METAL Mechanic
  • Pipefitter,
  • Gasfitter,
  • Millwright,
  • Heating Mechanic,
  • Boilermaker
  • Building Superintendent
  • Kitchen & Bath design
  • Utility Company install/repair technician
  • Self-Employed Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractor
  • Engineering (Plant or Mechanical)
  • Energy Management

Program Locations in CT

•   Oliver Wolcott THS, Torrington