Plumbing & Heating

With a median annual salary of $52,590 and skyrocketing demand, plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters are among the highest paid and most sought after professionals in the construction trades.

Students in our Plumbing & Heating program master the following skills as they prepare to launch careers in this lucrative field:

  • Read and interpret blueprints, pipe system sketches and plumbing specifications
  • Measure, cut and join a variety of metallic pipe/tubing, including copper, steel and cast iron
  • Measure, cut and assemble a variety of plastic pipe/tubing, including PVC, CPVC, PEX, PE and HDPE
  • Rough in water supply lines, waste lines and vents for various fixtures and appliances
  • Install and repair various fixtures and appliances

Instruction begins with job site safety, power tool use and other fundamentals, but quickly advances to soldering, brazing, threading and pressing pipe/tubing. Working in a program lab outfitted with custom-made trainers and industry standard equipment from RIGID, Uponor, Viega and other manufacturers, students hone their skills by completing assignments that mimic real-life residential, commercial and industrial plumbing challenges.

First- and second-year students team up to tackle an industrial piping project, for example, while third- and fourth-year students focus on designing and installing bathrooms. Job shadows, internships and cooperative education are integral to the program; upperclassmen routinely secure positions with Deluxe Plumbing & Heating, Elek Plumbing, H.T. Lyons and Schuler Service among other local employers.

Our Plumbing & Heating program is endorsed by the following organization:

Pennsylvania Builders Association

Industry Credentials

Plumbing & Heating students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • Allentown Master Plumbers Association First-Year Pa. Apprenticeship Certificate
  • EPA Section 608 Technician Certification
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®
  • Pennsylvania Builders Association® Skills Certificate

College Credits

Students may earn college credit at participating schools for their work in the Plumbing & Heating program by scoring well on an end-of-program assessment and through a statewide articulation agreement.

Career Paths

with credentials:

  • Apprentice Plumber
  • Apprentice Pipefitter/Steamfitter
  • Apprentice Sprinklerfitter

with credentials and experience:

  • Journeyman Plumber/Pipefitter
  • Licensed Master Plumber
  • Plumbing/Mechanical Contractor

with postsecondary training or college degree:

  • Bathroom/Kitchen Designer
  • Construction Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Plumbing/Mechanical Estimator

PROGRAM DETAILS

Teacher: Kenneth Midgett

Email: midgettk@lcti.org

Counselor: Cory Schnaufer

Phone: 610-799-1369
Email: schnauferc@lcti.org

CIP Code: 46.0503

Program Task List

Essential Skill Alignment Chart

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LCTI instructor wins national teaching award

By LCTI on 11 October 2019

Kenneth Midgett is the 2019 Plumbing Instructor of the Year.

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses and organizations serve on the Plumbing & Heating program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Deluxe Plumbing & Heating
  • Elek Plumbing
  • H.T. Lyons
  • Schuler Service

Career & Technical Student Organizations

Plumbing & Heating students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

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Our mission at LCTI is to prepare all students for successful careers and lifelong learning.