Plumbing and Heating

Program Description

Students enrolled in the CTECS Plumbing & Heating career program will obtain instruction and demonstrate skills and knowledge in construction safety, measuring and blueprint reading, calculations of plumbing & heating systems including; drainage fixture units, water supply fixture units, gas pipe sizing, as well as calculating heat loss for hydronic heating applications. Students’ in the Plumbing & Heating program receive both on-site and off-campus jobsite learning opportunities. Students are instructed upon the installation and repair of water, waste, gas as well as mechanical systems in both residential homes and commercial buildings.

In addition, students enrolled in the Plumbing & Heating program will also obtain instruction in energy efficiency, environmental, renewable energy, as well as energy conservation practices.

The demand for plumbers and heating 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 are both 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 towards their P-2 apprenticeship 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 heating industry
  • Understand joining methods for piping materials
  • Study blueprints, design specifications, or manufacturers' recommendations to ascertain the configuration of Plumbing & Heating 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 & Heating 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
  • Ladder & Scaffolding 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
  • 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-4 Heating Mechanic
  • S-6 LIMITED Heating Mechanic
  • S-8 LIMITED Heating Mechanic
  • B-2/B-4 OIL BURNER SERVICER/INSTALLER
  • Pipefitter
  • Gasfitter
  • Millwright
  • Heating Mechanic
  • Boilermaker
  • Building Superintendent
  • Kitchen & Bath design
  • Utility Company install/repair technician
  • Self-Employed Plumbing & Heating Contractor
  • Engineering (Plant or Mechanical)
  • Energy Management

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