The plumbing and pipefitting department curriculum is a competency based program which is based on building blocks. The students learn to complete skills at their own ability level before moving on to the next task. The program is designed to be student friendly and matched to industry standards. Freshman and sophomores are trained in the shop environment. Juniors and seniors do more actual hands on work out in the field, while still working in the shop. The plumbing department works on outside projects such as Matthew 25, Habitat for Humanity, Worcester Youth Soccer and Heifer Project International. There is a cooperative education program in place for seniors and qualifying third quarter juniors. These students are placed with local shops at entry level positions. Students integrate between academic and technical areas on an ongoing basis.
Course Numbers: 11176 (4.00)(C)
Plumbing Grade 10: In this course, students will study steel pipe flanges; safety training and testing for the operation of a power threading machine; hangers and supports; cast iron pipe and fittings; pipe slope and layout; tankless water heating; cold water sizing and installation; shower valves and hot water tank installation. Students will engage in technical manual research; drawings; math and formula calculations; assembly; testing; and assessment.
Course Numbers: 11177 (4.00)(C)
Plumbing Grade 11: In this course, students will study drainage, waste, and vent system design and installation; water piping system design and installation; sumps and ejectors; underground piping; gas pipe sizing and installation; forced hot water heating system design and installation; commericial plumbing installation; and fixture installation. Students will also work on external non-profit plumbing work projects.
Course Numbers: 11178 (4.00)(C)
Plumbing Grade 12: In this course, students will complete advanced plumbing project design and installation and review formulas and math skills for plumbers. Students will also examine renewable and alternative energy systems and plumbing service and repair. Students will continue to work on external projects. Eligible students may participate in the cooperative education program.
Course Numbers: 11175 (1.50)(C)
Plumbing Grade 9: In this course, students will explore many different areas of the plumbing trade. Students will study hand and tool equipment safety as well as plumbing definitions and terminology. Students will also gain knowledge of steel pipe frames; drawing; assembly; testing; and assessment.
PL Related Theory 10
Course Numbers: 11079 (1.00)(C)
Related Plumbing Theory Grade 10: In this course, students will complete their OSHA 10 safety and training certification. Students will study pipe valves and fittings; water supply sizing; testing and materials; hot water supply and water heating methods; and basic blueprint terminology. Students will also gain knowledge of forced hot water heating; drainage systems and hangers and supports as well as the basics of renewable and alternative energies.
PL Related Theory 11
Course Numbers: 11080 (1.00)(C)
Related Plumbing Theory Grade 11: In this course, students will engage in a safety review and gain knowledge of in depth drainage, waste and vent systems and testing; advanced water systems; fixture installation; victaulic pipe and fittings; brazing and silver soldering; and gas systems. Students will also learn employability skills; management and entrepreneurship; and technological skills.
PL Related Theory 12
Course Numbers: 11081 (1.00)(C)
Related Plumbing Theory Grade 12: In this course, students will engage in a safety review and gain knowledge of math and formulas for plumbers; roof drain sizing; oveview of special waste systems; code definitions; blueprint reading; and isometric drawing.
PL Related Theory 9
Course Numbers: 11078 (0.25)(C)
Related Theory Plumbing Grade 9: In this course, students will begin a comprehensive safety program leading to OSHA 10 construction certification. Students will gain knowledge of the safe use of hand tools for pipe cutting, threading, and reaming; copper tubing; fittings; and methods of joining and soldering. Students will also explore the history of plumbing; pipe measurement; void spacing; steel pipe; and fittings and assembly. Students will also acquire basic math skills for plumbers, formulas, and hydraulic data information.
Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities
All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year. While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work. Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experienced include the following partners:
- Sagamore Plumbing
- Grasseschi Plumbing and Heating
- Direda Plumbing and Heating
- Riley Plumbing and Heating
- Advanced Mechanical Systems
- M. A. Razzano Plumbing and Heating
- Heating Technician
- Business Owner