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Do you see yourself as a skilled worker? If you love hands-on work and problem solving, plumbing may be the career pathway for you! Get started on a career with lots of opportunity.

Pathway Description

Plumbers make it possible to transport water, air, steam, gases, wastes, and different kinds of liquids throughout all types of buildings, from homes and offices to factories and hospitals. Students will have hands-on opportunities to install, maintain, and repair plumbing pipes, fixtures, and appliances. This 2-year regional pathway also includes instruction in blueprint reading and final inspection and testing of all finished systems while adhering to the local codes.

Key Competencies

  • Understand and apply coursework in safety, engineering, manufacturing, power, and construction.
  • Install fixtures, faucets, and appliances
  • Identify the types of pipe and fittings used in residential and commercial plumbing systems
  • Demonstrate accuracy in reading and understand the required codes that govern plumbing procedures in the residential and commercial settings
  • Use fundamental plumbing and pipefitting properties such as torque, piping schematics, and elementary pipe layout and joint construction
  • Understand brazing, flame cutting, blueprint reading, electrical principals, and welding symbols
  • Demonstrate accuracy in Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), Oxy-Acetylene Cutting (OAC), and building weld pads and weld joints in Oxy-Acetylene Welding (OAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

Courses

View the High School Course Guide for an in-depth look at the courses outlined below.

High School Credits:

9GE6A Basic Plumbing (1)
9GE7A Blueprint Reading and Estimating (1)
9GE8A Industrial Safety (1)
9GE9A Basic Electrical Theory (2)
9GF0B Industrial Plumbing and Pipefitting (2)
9GF1B Building Codes and Specifications (1)
9GF2B Commercial Fixtures (1)
9GF3A Residential Piping (2)
9GF4A Residential Code (1)
9GF5A Residential Fixtures (1)
9GF6B Commercial Piping (2)
9GF7B Commercial Code (1)
9GF8B Plumbing Troubleshooting (1)

Total College Credits:

28

Salary

Annual National Average Salary for a Licensed Plumber: $52,000

Career Opportunities

  • Plumbing Technician
  • Pipefitter or Pipelayer
  • Licensed Plumber
  • Gas Service Technician
  • Project Manager
  • Business Owner

Plumbing Pathway PDF