Plumbing Technology

  • Employment for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 5% in the next 10 years.
    Employers have reported difficulty in finding qualified workers. In NJ, journeyman plumbers earn $52.00 per hour;
    general foreman earn $62.00 per hour. Experienced master plumbers can make over $100,000 per year.

    (Sources: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, UA Local 9 Wage Guide)

    Plumbing Technology instructor working on equipment with a student

    The Plumbing Technology Program provides students with instruction in a variety of areas which include fresh and wastewater plumbing as well as natural gas and HVAC. Students will learn to work safely in both a residential and an industrial setting. Successful students will also have the opportunity to gain real world experience through the school’s Cooperative Education Program.


    Plumbing student works on ceiling pipes Curriculum

    Year 1:
    Introduction to building trades, safety,
    plumbing history, plumbing tools, plumbing careers

    Year 2:
    Proper tool care and maintenance,
    choosing correct tools and materials for a job, copper,
    steel, cast iron piping 

    Year 3:
    Potable water, sanitary drainage & waste,
    storm drainage, water heaters,
    kitchens and appliances, basic HVAC 

    Year 4:
    Repair work, boilers,
    National Standard Plumbing Code,
    advanced HVAC,
    cooperative education opportunities

    Classes meet for 3 periods/2 hours per day, 5 days a week

    Average number of new students accepted per year: 6

    Opportunity for professional certifications: YES – CSST, OSHA 10

    Opportunity to earn college credits:
    NO - Students receive 1 year of education credit
    and 1 year of field work credit
     towards a plumbing apprenticeship program.

    Future Careers

    Boiler Operator
    Construction Worker
    HVAC Technician
    Plumbing Plumbing Inspector
    Natural Gas Service Technician
    Sprinkler Technician
    Utility Worker 

    Recent Student


    Ralph Malfatone and Sons Inc.
    Sherman Smith Plumbing Heating Air
    Keys Plumbing
    Raritan Valley Community College
    Skylands Energy Service
    Union of Plumbers Local 24



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