Having proper plumbing and heating is necessary for our daily lives, and as a result, the demand for technicians is very steady and is continuing to grow. Our Plumbing & Heating Technology program will provide you with the training and experience necessary to break into this field.
The Pennco Tech Plumbing & Heating Technology program is offered in Bucks County, PA only. The program is 900 hours, being split evenly among fundamentals, plumbing training, and heating systems, along with much of the technology each system uses.
Graduates of the Plumbing & Heating Technology program should be able to attain entry-level plumbing and heating technician positions with plumbing or heating contractors.
What Plumbers Do
Plumbers answer service calls to homes, factories, office buildings, stores, hospitals and more. Plumbers repair and install all kinds of things, including water supply lines, waste disposal systems, faucets, fixtures, and drainage lines.
While this may sound simple, plumbing is actually more complicated than that. For most repair and installation jobs, plumbers need the critical thinking skills to be able to recognize the root of a problem.
For example, if a faucet is leaking, it is the plumber’s task to determine the real cause of the leaking. The plumber must then check the water pressure, water temperature, water heating, and other systems to find the source of the issue so that he or she can make the proper repairs.
Benefits of Our Plumbing & Heating Technology Program
Plumbing, as a skilled trade, is very in-demand and is experiencing high growth. The field is expected to grow by 21% between 2012 and 2022, with 55,900 new plumbing jobs being added to the American economy during the same span of time.
Because what they do is so necessary for daily life, plumbers have great job security. Skilled plumbers make a good living, and many plumbers are members of unions, from which they enjoy health insurance, life insurance, and a 401(k) plan.
The median salary for plumbers is $50,620 per year. However, this can vary widely, with some plumbers making less than $50,000 and others making more than $100,000 per year depending on location and skill level.*
Is Plumbing a Good Fit for Me?
As opposed to most office jobs, plumbers get to spend their time going out to new places each day on service calls, meeting new people, and enjoying physical exercise. Plumbing often requires a lot of upper-body strength, and many plumbers become very physically fit from the work of their trade.
There are also opportunities for entrepreneurship in plumbing, as a licensed plumber can choose to strike out on his or her own after gaining experience.
Plumbers take great pride in their knowledge and skill set, and they use their skills to help people with pressing problems. Plumbing is never boring, and most plumbers get much pleasure from the daily mental puzzles they must solve.
Because they are so often called for emergencies that need an immediate solution, non-unionized plumbers often must work nights and weekends on-call. However, plumbers who are members of unions work more regular hours with standard 40-hour weeks.
To learn more about our Plumbing & Heating Technology program (Bristol campus only), as well as other technical training programs including Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating, give Pennco Tech a call today!