Plumbing and Heating

Connecticut Technical High School System's Plumbing and Heating course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9

3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Plumbing and Heating

Grade 10

3 Credits
Residential Plumbing

Grade 11

3 Credits
Residential and Commercial Plumbing

Grade 12

3 Credits
Heating and Residential and Commercial Plumbing

Course Descriptions*

Exploratory and Introduction to Plumbing and Heating (PH110)
Students deciding to enter the field of Plumbing and Heating will be introduced to the basics of safety and sanitation, as well as the use and care of hand tools, power tools and stationary equipment. The students will use basic math computations and measurements necessary to calculate necessary plumbing materials and piping. Students will be introduced to the plumbing and mechanical codes and demonstrate basic-level skills in soldering, using basic solvents and steel piping techniques.

Residential Plumbing (PH210)
The Grade 10 Plumbing and Heating program is designed to provide students with information regarding safety, beginning with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) electrical safety and the safe use of power and hand tools. Students will examine the installation of drain, waste and venting, the use of copper tubing and steel piping and the installation of hangers and supports. Pipe sizing, residential fixtures and appliances and the proper use of fittings are also covered. Students will demonstrate the installation of drain, waste and vent (DWV) pipes using copper, steel, cast-iron, plastic, pipe and fittings. Students will perform both in-school and outside plumbing and heating projects for customers as it relates to the current curriculum and their skill level. They will also be able to install residential plumbing fixtures, thread pipe and explain basic drain cleaning.

Residential and Commercial Plumbing (PH310)
In Grade 11, students will demonstrate theoretical competency in International and Mechanical Plumbing Codes. Students will be able to size drain, waste and vent (DWV), storm and sewage pumps, water distribution systems and venting gas appliances. Students will demonstrate the ability to install and repair DWV, water systems and residential and commercial fixtures and appliances. They will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application and interview. Students will perform in-school and outside plumbing projects for customers as it relates to the current curriculum and their skill level. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL).

Heating and Residential and Commercial Plumbing (PH410)
In Grade 12, instruction expands into the heating field. Students will continue with safety and be introduced to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements, ground water pollution, as well as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and lead dangers. Students will demonstrate theoretical competency in related sciences and math. Students will also be able to complete a take-off from prints including symbols and isometrics, interpret the heating mechanical code and produce an estimate for a customer. Students will demonstrate the ability to install gas and oil boilers and heating equipment. They will be able to complete a set-up of a boiler, perform an efficiency test and make necessary adjustments. Students will advance in their participation in both in-school and outside plumbing projects for customers as it relates to the current curriculum and their skill level. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application, to interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL). Each student will take the Senior Summative Assessment, which is a computerized interactive test.

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two- or a four-year engineering degree. Students can obtain immediate employment in the plumbing and heating field. Employment includes: residential and commercial plumbing and heating apprenticeship, sprinkler-fitters apprenticeship, pipe-fitters apprenticeship, steamfitters apprenticeship, gasfitters apprenticeship, estimators, plumbing and heating service technician, plumbing and heating maintenance, plumbing and heating sales representative and wholesale supply representative.

* Some courses may not be offered at every school.

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford
Beginning, Friday, July 7, 2017 the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) will start relocating their Middletown office to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105. The move will spread out over the next three business days with staff members arriving on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. We will have limited email and telephone communication during this transition. Despite the new street address, all CTHSS phone numbers will remain the same. The postal services will forward any mail sent to the old Middletown address. Visitors to the new building can park on site. Visitors must sign in at the security guard’s desk with photo identification.  Learn more

Free Summer Meals!

Free Summer Meals!
What are "Summer Meals?" The federal Summer Meals Programs provide nutritious meals to kids and teens at no cost to them at hundreds of locations throughout Connecticut during the summer months when school meals are unavailable.  Learn more

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award
Oliver Wolcott Technical High School's Sophomore Christina Thompson was selected as a finalist for UCONN's Connecticut Writing Project. Her original fiction piece entitled "Dream Life" received an honorable mention award and a listing in the Connecticut Student Writers Magazine (CSW).  Learn more

Bullard Havens One-Read Committee Pays It Forward

Bullard Havens One-Read Committee Pays It Forward
The One-Read committee, which consists of students from grades 9-12 as well as Social Studies and English teachers, at Bullard-Havens promoted kindness, unity, and acceptance school-wide after reading the book I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Student and teacher committee members read the book, participated in a filmed book discussion, and came up with ways to promote the book and its themes that would include the entire school.  Learn more

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll
Mrs. Alecia Walkuski, English and Language Arts Lab Teacher at Vinal Technical High School, earned this distinction by guiding effective implementation of Renaissance Accelerated Reader®. Accelerated Reader engages K–12 students in independent reading practice at the unique levels K–12 students need in order for them to grow—from foundational skills to grade-level standards.  Learn more

Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program

Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program
On May 11, 2017, a dinner and awards program will be held at Abbott Tech to recognize the Class of 2017 Electrical Seniors. Last year's event featured a guest speaker and program on "Indoor and Outdoor L.E.D. Lighting Products and Applications from RAB Lighting."  Learn more

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!
Ellis Tech Wrestling Team wins state championship- first in school's history!  Learn more

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships
Steven Torres, a 10th grader at Grasso, recently won first place in the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships in Kansas. He now begins boxing his way toward the Junior Olympic Team. We are very proud of him. Not only is he a great boxer, he is a great kid!  Learn more

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition
Prince Tech Engineering students took third place in their first showing in the Real World Design Challenge.  Learn more

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition
Daria Stifel became the first female to win gold in the SkillsUSA Electrical Engineering competition!  Learn more

Community open houses hosted across the state

Community open houses hosted across the state
Links to photo galleries and news stories about our recent community open houses held across the state!  Learn more

Student Workforce

 Student Workforce
CTHSS students can help you with your next big project! A wide range of services are offered across a variety of trades programs.  Learn more