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Plumbing (PLB)

(Easterling Correctional Facility)

Program Description:

The Plumbing program is designed to provide knowledge and skills in the residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional plumbing trade. Course work includes safety, material selection, installation of plumbing systems, basic and advanced plumbing calculations, and principles of science. Students will also be competent in sources and treatment of public, private, and individual gas, water, heating, waste, and specialized piping systems, cross connection protection, pipe identification, blueprint reading, and plumbing code. Additional related training will include basic electricity and troubleshooting related to the plumbing trade.

Career Opportunities:

Employment of plumbers, pipelayers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is expected to grow 16 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for plumbers will stem from new construction and from renovation of buildings. In addition, repair and maintenance of existing residential systems will keep plumbers employed. A growing emphasis on water conservation, particularly in drier parts of the country, that will require retrofitting in order to conserve water in new ways will increase demand for plumbers.

Skills Needed:

Plumbers have to cut holes in walls, ceilings, and floors of a house. With some systems, they may hang steel supports from ceiling joists to hold the pipe in place. To assemble a system, plumbers—using saws, pipe cutters, and pipe-bending machines—cut and bend lengths of pipe. They connect the lengths of pipe with fittings, using methods that depend on the type of pipe used. For plastic pipe, plumbers connect the sections and fittings with adhesives. For copper pipe, they slide a fitting over the end of the pipe and solder it in place with a torch.

After the piping is in place in the house, plumbers install the fixtures and appliances and connect the system to the outside water or sewer lines. Finally, using pressure gauges, they check the system to ensure that the plumbing works properly.

Expected Earnings/Salary:

Plumbers, pipelayers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are among the highest paid workers in construction occupations. Median hourly wages of wage and salary plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters were $21.94 per hour in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $16.63 and $29.66. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $13.22, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $37.93. Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters were as follows:
  • Natural gas distribution - $26.27
  • Nonresidential building construction - $23.14
  • Building equipment contractors - $21.86
  • Utility system construction - $21.15
  • Local government - $20.65

CATALOG INFORMATION (Course Requirements)(pdf)

Contact Information

Mr. Milton Leddon
Plumbing Instructor
E-mail Mr. Leddon
334-687-3543x2101 - Easterling