Published or Revised October 20, 2015
PJC’s plumbing program was started to assist the construction and industrial maintenance industries with trained workers.
In the construction field, plumbers constitute one of the largest and highest paid occupations. Through 2020, there are projected to be 1,640 jobs generated per year in PJC’s five-county service area. The average entry wage is $14 per hour and the average wage is $21 per hour.
Those trained through the program may find employment with building equipment contractors, residential and nonresidential building construction, and utility system construction.
Plumbing calls for the ability to assemble, install, or repair pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems, according to specifications or plumbing codes. The plumbing program at PJC trains the student to become an apprentice plumber who will work in the field with a Master Plumber.
This is a 29 credit hour program. The first semester is 15 hours and the second semester is 14 hours. Topics in the first semester include water supply, drainage and sewage, as well as plumbing fixtures. The second semester covers similar topics but includes commercial building applications. Much of the training is hands-on, working with copper and steel pipe, using fittings, threaded pipe, soldering, etc.