Plumbers are highly skilled, licensed craft persons who perform the design, layout and installation of water supply, sanitary drainage and hydronic heating systems. Learning activities for students include installation practices, science of the trade, blueprint reading, code compliance, cost profiles and business practices for both plumbing and pipefitting. Students are taught to use a variety of hand and power tools, culminating in the extensive participation in the community based work projects, the student house building program and/or the Cooperative education program (when eligible and available). Graduating students receive hours accumulated through the program towards Massachusetts licensing requirements.
Upon graduation, students are employable as:
- Apprentice Plumbers
- Supply House Sales Person
PLUMBING AND PIPEFITTING GRADUATES HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES:
- Heritage Heating & Plumbing, Stoneham, MA
- Local 12 Boston Plumbers Union, Boston, MA
- Seaver Plumbing & Heating, Woburn, MA
- Hackett Bros. Plumbing & Heating, Lynn, MA
- Kennedy Mechanical, Inc., Woburn, MA
- Houghton Plumbing & Heating, Stoneham, MA
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND AFFILIATIONS:
The graduate moves upward in the tier system of licensing from Apprentice to Journeyman to Master Plumber with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #PLX 1 CREDIT
Grade 9 students will explore topics including safe use of tools and equipment during an introduction to plastic pipe and fittings, copper pipe and fittings and cast iron pipe and fittings. Drain waste and vent systems along with the water distribution systems will also be reviewed.
GRADE 9 SHOP – COURSE #PLXF-16 10 CREDITS
The Grade 9 course is designed to introduce and orient the student to the plumbing field by performing tasks that a person would experience in the Plumbing field. Students also participate in an introduction to the concepts covered in the 10 hour of OSHA certification examination.
GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #PL2 20 CREDITS
Grade 10 students’ instruction begins with shop safety instructions and lessons in the proper use of tools. Topics to follow include introduction to plumbing blueprints; installing and testing drainage waste and vent piping; installation and testing of water supply piping and installing water heaters and fuel gas systems.
GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #PL2R 5 CREDITS
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for attainment of a license in the plumbing field. Students will study plumbing theory including science, safety, mathematics, and plumbing code compliance.
GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #PL3 25 CREDITS
Grade 11 students will continue to master safety protocols and procedure while being introduced to residential hydronic heating. Eligible students may participate in off-site projects including the house building program (when available). Students may also be assigned to various shop projects and maintenance projects within the building.
GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #PL3R 5 CREDITS
Eleventh Grade students will learn various methods of installation used in today’s industry. Student’s will assemble drainage, water, and gas supply systems as prescribed by the Massachusetts State Code.
GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #PL4 25 CREDITS
Grade 12 students will continue to learn advanced shop safety and proper use of tools. Students will continue progression to advanced areas of the plumbing and heating industry. The offsite Cooperative Education Program may be available to eligible students.
GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #PL4R 5 CREDITS
Grade 12 students will learn how to sketch and read mechanical drawings and will design plumbing systems applying all of the competencies learned in tenth and eleventh grades. Grade 12 students will also complete requirements consistent with the Junior/Senior Project.