Plumbing Technology

  • Employment for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected
    to grow over 10% in the next 10 years. Employers have reported difficulty
    in finding qualified workers. In NJ, journeyman plumbers
    earn $47.00 per hour; general foremen earn $55.00 per hour.
    Experienced master plumbers can make over $90,000 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

    Construction Worker
    HVAC Technician
    Pipe Layer/Pipefitter
    Plumbing Inspector
    PSE&G Service Technician
    Sprinkler Technician
    Utility Worker 


    Recent Student

    Plumbing Binsky & Snyder
    Cooperhead Plumbing & Heating
    Modern Plumbing, Inc.
    Raritan Valley Community College
    Rutgers University
    Union of Plumbers Local 24