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Plumbing Technology

Plumbers evaluate, install, and repair piping systems in businesses, residences, and other places where there are pipes or septic systems. Demand for workers is high because there are not enough skilled technicians to fill all the available positions.

Our Plumbing program will give you the experience and skills you need to be a successful Plumber. We use lab simulations and real-life scenarios to put classroom theory into practice. We cover soft skills so you can tackle customer service and employee accountability with confidence. Our program is designed to give you the core competencies employers are looking for. These include troubleshooting, problem-solving, customer service, and professional skills in addition to technical Plumbing skills. Graduates of our program enter the Plumbing industry as quality, well-trained entry-level plumbers.

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Degree Description

The Plumbing program will provide students with technical understanding and skills development and integrates theory with practical experience. Through the program, the student develops skills in piping techniques and procedures, plumbing and piping systems, residential and commercial system installations, blueprint reading and isometric interpretation. The successful graduate is eligible for one years' credit on his or her apprenticeship card and employment at an advanced apprenticeship level in a variety of businesses found in rural and metropolitan areas.

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Application Process

1. Complete Western Dakota Technical College's Admissions Application
2. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15 fee)
3. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session
4. Provide an official copy of a High School transcript or GED scores. If you graduated from an international high school, you must submit your transcript to Educational Credential Evaluators to determine U.S. equivalence. Additionally, an official transcript must be submitted if you have attended other post-secondary institutions or universities.
5. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations
6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes

The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading.  To waive the ACCUPLACER with SAT scores a student will need a 500 on the MATH subsection of ACT and a composite of 970 to waive Writing and Reading. To place into MATH 114 a student will need a 520 on the MATH subsection.  

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

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Career Description

Plumbers evaluate, install, and repair piping systems that in businesses, residences, and other places with pipes or septic systems. They work with their hands and a variety of tools and power tools. Plumbers use equipment such as piping, tubing, clamps, screws, bolts, caulking, plastic solvent, and soldering or welding equipment. They install plumbing systems in newly constructed buildings and install or repair systems for appliances such as sinks, toilets, dishwashers, water heaters, and others. They use pressure gauges to detect leaks. Plumbers work on location and maintain records of their work and travels. 

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After Earning Your Degree

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for Plumbers is expected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024. This growth will be driven by construction of new buildings which require plumbing installation and repair of existing plumbing systems. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2022, the average wage in western South Dakota was $53,100.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Technical College has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.

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Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Technical College wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDTC is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Technical College will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.

Student Housing

Finding affordable housing during school can be a challenge for students. Western Dakota Technical College currently does not have on-campus housing, but partners with a Rapid City VRBO to offer a limited number of apartments for full-time students in the fall and spring semesters.

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Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Technical College currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

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