Plumbing & Heating

  • Location: East Campus (Oley)
    Teacher:  Michael Wentling
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    CIP Code: 46.0503

plumbing and heating
  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

    Reading at grade level
    Algebra I or Geometry
    Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
    Ability to work independently and in a team
    Hand-eye coordination
    Mechanical aptitude

    Career Pathways

    Plumber (Construction)
    Pipelayer, Pipefitter or Steamfitter
    Plumber Apprentice
    Oil Burner Service and Installer
    Job Estimator
    Master Plumber
    Heating Engineer
    Plumbing Inspector
    HVAC Technician

  • This program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and provides participants with defined career paths in the industry. Students in this program are involved in classroom and practical learning experiences designed to help them develop the necessary skills to be successful in the industry.

    Plumbers and pipe fitters assemble, install, alter, and repair pipes and pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids and gasses for sanitation, industrial and other uses. They also install plumbing fixtures, appliances, and heating systems. Safe and proper mechanical practices are essential components as they help to protect the health and well-being of the nation.

    The hands-on approach to training will cover layout, assembly, installation and repair of pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water and drainage systems according to manuals, specifications and plumbing codes. Also included are the installing, repairing, operating and testing of various types of residential and commercial heating equipment and the controls necessary for their operation.

    Graduates of this program are prepared for entry level work, apprenticeship opportunities, and post-secondary education.

    Industry Certifications:

    Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate (based on NOCTI)
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification 

    Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):

    Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.

    Industry certification testing fees - $20/test*

    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.



    NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research

    The Plumbing and Heating program participates in NCCER. This curricula and training process is supported by trade associations, contractors, schools, construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, manufacturers, and third-party training providers. Visit for further information.

    PBA - Pennsylvania's Builder's Association

    The program is a PBA endorsed program, which allows students who complete the program at the competent and above level to earn a PBA Certification.  Visit for more information.

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