plumber inspecting boiler system

Salary Ranges
(entry level –> experienced)

  • $13.45 – $27.86 (hourly)
  • $27,970 – $68,830 (annual)

The program requires 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8000 hours of on-the-job training.

Plumbers assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems, according to specifications and plumbing codes. They install and maintain pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases.

A plumber’s tasks and skills include: determine installation, service, or repair needed; estimate time or cost for installation, repair, or construction projects; assemble and install pipe sections, fittings, or plumbing fixtures; cut, end, or thread pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, or water lines; install underground storm, sanitation, or water piping systems; install or repair household appliances; pressure test piping system or equipment for leaks; repair or replace gas, steam, sewer, or water piping or fixtures; braze, solder and weld metal parts or components together; verify levelness or verticality, using level or plumb bob; read blueprints, specifications, and technical drawings.


1st Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Introduction to the Plumbing Profession
  • Basic Safety
  • Plumbing Safety
  • Introduction to Construction Math
  • Plumbing Math
  • Introduction to Hand Tools
  • Introduction to Power tools
  • Plumbing Tools
  • Introduction to Construction Drawings
  • Introduction to Plumbing Drawings
  • Plastic Pipe and Fittings
  • Basic Rigging
  • Basic Communications
  • Employability Skills
  • Material Handling
  • Basic Rigging
  • Copper Pipe and Fittings
  • Cast-Iron Pipe and Fittings
  • Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings
  • Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing
  • Fixtures and Faucets
  • Introduction to Drain, Waste and Vent Systems

2nd Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Plumbing Math II
  • Reading Commercial Drawings
  • Installing and Testing DWV Piping
  • Hangers, Supports, Structural Penetrations and Fire Stopping
  • Installing Roof, Floor, and Area Drains
  • Types of Valves
  • Installing and Testing Water Supply Piping
  • Installing Fixtures, Valves and Faucets
  • Introduction to Electricity
  • Welding
  • Installing Water Heaters
  • Fuel Gas Systems
  • Servicing Fixtures, Valves and Faucets

3rd Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Applied Math
  • Sizing Water Supply Piping
  • Potable Water Treatment
  • Backflow Preventers
  • Types of Venting
  • Sizing DWV and Storm Systems
  • Sewage Pumps and Sump Pumps
  • Corrosive Resistant Waste Pumping
  • Compressed Air
  • 10-Hour OSHA
  • Your Role in the Green Environment

4th Year Apprentice

(144 hours classroom training, 2,000 hours on-the-job training)

  • Business Principles for Plumbers
  • Water Pressure Booster and Recirculation Systems
  • Indirect and Special Waste
  • Hydronic and Solar Heating Systems
  • Servicing Piping, Systems, Fixtures, and Appliances
  • Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader
  • Code Books Review
  • Reading Blueprints
  • Copper Joints and Brazing
  • Sustainable Construction Supervisor