The Plumbing Certificate and Associate Degree programs provide students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in areas of installation, repair and maintenance of common plumbing systems. Mathematical computations; interpretation of code, manufacturer’s requirements, descriptions of technological advancements, public health and general public safety responsibilities are emphasized. Core principles and concepts of plumbing systems are cornerstones for each course. Classroom theory leads to team and individual hands-on projects, which are recorded, completed and evaluated. Plumbing safety, blueprint reading, gas fittings, pipe layout, drain waste and vent piping systems are subjects covered during the first term. Backflow prevention, commercial plumbing, building maintenance and repair, hydronics and plumbing systems and plumbing code applications are subjects concentrated on during the second term. Completion of the Plumbing certificate and Associate Degree programs provides students with the education and experience for a New Mexico Journeyman’s license.
Text books, hand tools and personal protective equipment must be purchased.
Students should be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs.
Students are required to plan their work and be able to understand detailed instructions.
The ability to visualize completed systems before beginning to work on them is an important skill.
Course fees cover the cost of tools required for lab activities.
Career opportunities are available in the public and private sector. A master plumber working for a systems installation business may advance to become a contractor, an inspector, educator or official in the plumbing trade.