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Preparatory Plumbing - Technical Diploma

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  • Course description
    Career Outlook — State law requires that only properly licensed plumbers be permitted to install and repair plumbing systems in dwellings, structures and businesses. As such, there is a demand for the services of these tradespersons. Contractors need plumbers for new construction, and to repair and remodel existing buildings. Licensed plumbers are thorough and skilled mechanics versed in the theory and practice of installing hot and cold water supplies, drainage, venting and plumbing appliances in accordance with the state plumbing code and local ordinances.

    Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect you as a job applicant to know how to:
    • Identify various piping materials and fittings
    • Effectively utilize hand tools and power tools related to the trade
    • Follow directions related to the trade
    • Calculate various piping offset dimensions
    • Sketch and read simple plumbing systems drawings
    Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:
    • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment
    • Shop practice and drafting learned either in school or in an employment setting
    • A high school diploma or GED
    • Ability to drive and a valid driver’s license
    Aptitudes and skills important in the program are: good mechanical comprehension, spatial visualization, reading and math skills, physical strength, and the ability to work with others.

    Future Opportunities — After successful completion of this program, you should apply for an apprenticeship with the Milwaukee Area Plumbing Joint Apprenticeship committee. Candidates for apprenticeship are selected by the committee, and graduates of this program are given good consideration for placement in an apprenticeship, but placement is not guaranteed.

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