A program that prepares individuals to practice as licensed plumbers by applying technical knowledge and skills to lay out, assemble, install, and maintain piping fixtures and systems for steam, natural gas, oil, hot water, heating, cooling, drainage, lubricating, sprinkling, and industrial processing systems in home and business environments.
Includes instruction in source determination, water distribution, waste removal, pressure adjustment, basic physics, technical mathematics, blueprint reading, pipe installation, pumps, welding and soldering, plumbing inspection, and applicable codes and standards.
Search for schools that offer studies in Plumbing Technology/Plumber (use the College Search feature and enter "plumbing technology” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Plumbing Technology/Plumber Studies?
Most plumbers learn on the job through an apprenticeship. Some also attend vocational-technical school. Most states and some localities require plumbers to be licensed. Over 50% of licensed plumbers have earned a post-secondary certificate in the trade.
Training in the plumbing industry will prepare you to become a plumbing technician, apprentice or state licensed plumber. You’ll serve a wide array of clients with commercial, industrial, and residential properties.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Plumbing Technology/Plumber Studies
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association
- American Society of Plumbing Engineers
- Plumbing Contractors of America
Publications/Magazines Plumbing Technology/Plumber Studies