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.