Plumbing Technology

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The Plumbing Technology program is a nine-month diploma program that will prepare you for entry-level positions in a plumbing-related career by providing you the technical and other skills you need to be successful.

Plumbing is a growing career field, and employers need well-trained technicians who can step right in and start working. WDT’s program is designed to do just that-and do it quickly.

Start the program in the fall semester, and you will graduate the following spring ready to start a new, rewarding, and in-demand career.

What you’ll learn

The Plumbing Technology program will prepare you to begin a career in plumbing and pipe fitting. Coursework will provide you with technical understanding and skills development that integrates theory with practical experience. Through the program, you will develop skills in:

  • Piping techniques and procedures
  • Plumbing and piping systems
  • Residential and commercial system installations
  • Blueprint reading and isometric interpretation

There are a variety of career opportunities for graduates of the plumbing program. You will have the option of working for a commercial or residential plumbing contractor as you complete your apprenticeship training. The plumbing trade offers challenging and interesting work for those with the desire to work as designers, installers, and troubleshooters.

Where the career is going

Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for plumbers is expected to come from new building construction and stricter water efficiency standards for plumbing systems, such as low-flow toilets and showerheads.

Job opportunities are expected to be good as some employers continue to report difficulty finding qualified professionals. In addition, many workers are expected to retire over the next 10 years. That will result in more job openings.

What you’ll earn

The median annual wage of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters was $46,660 in May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,580, and the top 10 percent earned more than $79,920.

The starting pay for apprentices usually is between 30 percent and 50 percent of the rate paid to fully trained plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters. They receive pay increases as they become more skilled.