The installation and maintenance of plumbing systems for residential and commercial buildings require skills and commitment. Google searches for plumbers are astronomical – the highest it’s been in 5 years – according to Construction Coverage. Yet, there is much hesitation on the part of young adults to enter this and other skilled trades. Plumbers earn above-average pay and establish their hours of work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average plumber earns more than $56,00 per year. The industry is projected to create 20,900 new jobs in the next decade. In some states, plumbers earn an above-average income of $95,544.
As more experienced professionals approach retirement, it might be the time to consider the advice of leading millionaires and politicians and learn a trade. Now that the industry has embraced technology, you might want to marry your love for computers and digital equipment with the technical abilities that you’ll acquire in an accredited plumbing program or apprenticeship. Plumbing programs at available at the high school level. Such courses offer basic to advanced studies with apprenticeship opportunities if you are serious about a career in plumbing. You might even earn college credit to pursue a degree in the field. Apprenticeship programs are available if you are an adult and considering a career change. Through theory and extensive practical work, you will experience the rewards of the profession and make a life-long commitment to the field of plumbing.
St Philips College – MLK Campus
The plumbing trades certificate program at St Philips College was devised in collaboration with the local plumbing contractors and a consortium of contractors who also serve as an advisory committee for the program. The curriculum includes both laboratory work and classroom study to provide students with knowledge and skills and to enter the industry as entry-level plumbers. Course topics include an introduction to the construction industry, introduction to the plumbing trade, OSHA regulations construction industry, residential construction, plumbing and pipefitting equipment and safety, commercial construction and fixture setting, plumbing maintenance and repair, and basic blueprint reading for plumbers. The program and faculty are certified under the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion and can join a local apprenticeship to acquire the practice hours to test for a journeyman license with the State Board of Plumbing.
Plumbing Trades Certificate, I
Duration: 4 semesters
Credit hours: 36
- Must complete the application process by the published deadline
- Submit a completed application for admission to SPC via ApplyTexas
- Request official transcripts of high school and college courses completed and have them submitted to SPC
- High school transcripts must indicate the graduation date
- GEDHSE admissions recipients must submit an official passing score report
- Complete the TSI assessment and submit scores for reading and writing, and math skills – exemption will be granted to applicants who submit satisfactory ACT or SAT scores or those who have earned an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited Texas public institution
Tuition costs 3,096 for in-district students. The cost does not include application requirements, fees, books, materials, uniforms, insurance, and other miscellaneous costs. A flexible payment plan and financial aid are available for all students.
Address: 1801 Martin Luther King Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78203
The plumbing apprenticeship training program offered by PHCC takes a new approach to prepare young adults for careers in plumbing. The CEF program requires students to attend classes four days a quarter for the full year. Each class will be 10 hours. The program is available as a night class only. Students will spend a substantial part of the program in the state-of-the-art training lab and model house to prepare for the Journeyman or Tradesman exam. An additional 1000 OJT hours will be available for students to use towards the licensing exam application requirements. Since the program is approved by the Department of Labor, students will be eligible for incentives by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners as it relates to licensing requirements. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the Master exam one year after obtaining a Journeyman license. The duration of the apprenticeship is 4 years.
Duration: 4 years
Credit hours: N/A
- Must be employed by a member plumbing company
- Provide documentation required for the program
- Provide a current apprenticeship license registration with the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Provide a social security number or resident alien card
- Provide verification of selective services registration
- Must have hand tools and a means of getting to and from class
The approximate cost per year is $1,000 for tuition and textbooks. Sponsoring employers will make arrangements with their employees.
Address: 145 Trademark Dr, Buda, TX 78610
Toll free: 800-992-7422
Career Technical and Education Center
The plumbing program at the Career Technical and Education Center prepares high school students (grades 9 to 12) for entry-level employment in the plumbing field or for a post-secondary degree in construction. Theory and hands-on training will cover identifying and using power tools, application of basic plumbing mathematics and plumbing drawing, and identifying, fitting, and using plastic, copper, cast iron, carbon steel, and corrugated stainless pipe. Although the duration of the program is four years, students are not required to complete the four years. Those who wish to pursue a career in plumbing are encouraged to complete the full course. A Plumbing Business and Industry Endorsement will be granted to students who participate for two years. The third year will cover the knowledge and skills required to become a plumbing apprentice, building maintenance technician, or supervisor. At the conclusion of this year, students will also be prepared to pursue post-secondary education in Construction Management, Architecture, or Engineering. The final year facilitates work-based learning and gives students the opportunity to earn credit while participating in a paid or unpaid internship.
Duration: 4 years
Credit hours: N/A
- Must be a high school student (Grade 9 to 12)
- A lottery system will be used when there are more applications than seats
The training is free for students.
Address: 3736 Perrin Central, Bldg 4, San Antonio, TX 78217