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Plumbing and Pipefitting

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 Offerings

Plumbing Applications 10

Course Numbers: 11176 (4.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Plumbing Applications 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;


Plumbing Applications 11

Course Numbers: 11177 (4.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Plumbing Applications 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


Plumbing Applications 12

Course Numbers: 11178 (4.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Plumbing Applications 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 a


Plumbing Applications 9

Course Numbers: 11175 (1.50)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Plumbing Applications 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


Plumbing Theory 10

Course Numbers: 11079 (1.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Plumbing Theory 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 blu


Plumbing Theory 11

Course Numbers: 11080 (1.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Plumbing Theory 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 solderi


Plumbing Theory 12

Course Numbers: 11081 (1.00)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Plumbing Theory 12: In this course, students will engage in a safety review and gain knowledge of math and formulas for plumbers; roof drain sizing; overview of special waste systems; code definitions; blueprint reading; and isometric drawing.


Plumbing Theory 9

Course Numbers: 11078 (0.25)(C)
Type: HS
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Plumbing Theory 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; fittin


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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

Career Opportunities

  • Plumber
  • Pipefitter
  • Heating Technician
  • Retail
  • Instructor
  • Business Owner
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