Plumbing Technology Apprenticeship
Mission: The mission of this program is to prepare students for employment and advanced training in the plumbing industry.
Length: 4 Years
Description: This program includes training in the areas of safety; the history of plumbing; use and care of basic plumbing tools; terminology used in the plumbing trade; and pipes, fittings, materials and equipment related to the plumbing industry. Apprentices also learn to identify the following: pipe and fittings, pipe joining methods, valve size and type; and materials and application. Activities include measuring, marking, and cutting different types of pipe; reading and interpreting blueprints and specifications; laying out a job on site underground; installing building drains; laying out a job on site for the first floor; installing hangers and supports; cutting openings in walls and floors; distributing and placing fixtures; testing and inspecting first rough; and testing and inspecting second rough.
Apprentices also learn the following: trim-out and installing job site fixtures, appliances and equipment, including closet flanges; and supplying stops on water pipes, lavatory, water closets, showers, kitchen sinks, garbage disposals, ice makers, dishwashers and water heaters. Activities include explaining the basic theory of hot water heating and identifying the equipment and materials needed for the job in accordance with job specifications and plumbing codes; troubleshooting and diagnosing plumbing systems; repairing and replacing water service and sanitary lines, water closets, ball cocks, flush valves, floats, lift rods, ball stoppers and trip levers; repairing water heaters; and repairing and replacing fixture water supply pipes.
Special Admission Requirements: A person must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, be currently working in a related job, and have the ability to flex schedules. You must be recommended by your employer.
Articulation Agreement(s): St. Petersburg College Industrial Management Technology, A.A.S. Degree
Industry Certification(s): Apprentices are prepared to take the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board (PCCLB) exam to become a Journeyman Plumber
(727) 893-2500, extension 2587
* Length of program and all costs are approximate and subject to change.