Plumbing and Hydronic Heating


Instruction in the plumbing aspect of this program will be concentrated on sanitary drainage systems, piping systems for hot and cold water, domestic water systems, piping for compressed air and gasses, corrosive and inflammable fluids, gas fittings, gas appliances, plumbing fixtures, pumps, and restaurant and kitchen equipment. Related instruction will cover the design of such systems as they pertain to the sanitary codes and laws governing the trade.

Instruction in heating will include hot water heating systems design, heat calculations, boiler sizing and selection, pipe sizing and layout, radiators, convectors, unit heaters, and similar equipment. Threading pipe, welding pipe, sweating, and other piping methods will also be taught.

Graduates of this program may enter the workforce as apprentice plumbers, apprentice pipe fitters, and technicians. Job opportunities are expected to stay strong in this field. Shop related hours are approved by the Massachusetts Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters.

Career Pathways

Skills and Competencies: Tri-County Training Tri-County Diploma or On-The-Job Training Two-Year or Four-Year College Majors
Print Reading
Knowledge of Steel Pipe, Copper Pipe, Cast Iron Pipe and Plastic Pipe
Names, Classifications and Sizing of Fittings
Principles of Water Supply
Drainage Waste and Vent/Piping
Servicing of the Plumbing System
Fuel Gas Systems
Apprentice Plumber
Apprentice Pipefitter
Licensed Plumber
Licensed Pipefitter
Sprinkler Fitter
Water Filtration Technician
Heating Contractor
Gas Service Technician
Home Inspector
Irrigation System Technician
Plumbing Contractor
Plumbing Technology
Civil Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Construction Technology
Facilities and Environmental Engineering

Certifications: Shop Hours and Tiers 1 & 2 of Plumbing Education are approved by Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters (requires state license), 10-Hour OSHA Construction Safety Course Certification

Articulation Agreements: New England Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Academic Prerequisites), JATC Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 4