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Program Details

Program specifics about earning a Construction Plumbing Certificate at Northland.

The Plumbing program prepares students to begin a career in plumbing and pipe fitting. Coursework provides a technical understanding of Plumbing Technology and skills development. Coursework integrates theory and practical experience. Through the Plumbing program, the student develops skills in water systems, piping procedures, plumbing and piping systems, residential and commercial system installations, blueprint reading and sketching, and heating systems installations. The successful graduate is eligible for employment at an advanced apprenticeship level in a variety of businesses found in rural and metropolitan areas.

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will demonstrate appropriate safety practices and procedures at all times in the classroom, shop, and building sites as required by the plumbing industry.
  2. Student will demonstrate professional workplace habits including punctuality, attitudes, behaviors, and craftsmanship expected of the plumbing industry.
  3. Student will draw and interpret symbols and blueprints accurately for a variety of residential and commercial plumbing projects.
  4. Student will apply appropriate professional design and installation techniques to residential and commercial plumbing systems.
  5. Student will estimate accurately cost and site management required for a variety of plumbing construction projects.
  6. Student will demonstrate effective oral and written communications with all clients and customers with respect for diversity of culture, age and gender.

Employment Information

There are a variety of career opportunities for graduates of the plumbing program. Graduates have the option of working for a commercial or residential plumbing contractor as they complete their apprenticeship training. The plumbing trade offers challenging and interesting work for those with the desire to work as designers, installers, and troubleshooters. The opportunity for advancement to master plumber status to operate their own business also exists.

Additional Program Resources

Uniforms: includes warm clothes, gloves, boots, and rubber overshoes.

Tool Box
Master Lock for Tool Box
Safety Glasses
Cordless Drill
Plumb-Bob (with string)
Torpedo Level (magnetic)
Slip Joint Pliers (channel lock type)
Adjustable wrench (crescent type) 6” and 12”
Claw Hammer
25’ Tape Measure
Set of Screw Drivers
Set of Hex Keys (Allen wrenches)
PVC Hand Saw
Key Hole Saw
Basin Wrench
18’ Pipe Wrench Straight
Copper Tube Cutter (good quality – imp and regular size adjustable)

Locking Pliers (vise grips type)
Wire Stripper
Punch 8”
Open End Wrenches 3/8 to 5/8