Plumbing:  Most people are familiar with the plumber who comes to their home and installs an appliance or unclogs a drain.  In addition to this, plumbers install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems.  For example, some systems move water or chemicals through plants, while others give us our drinking water at home.  Plumbers also install plumbing fixtures, such as bathtubs, showers, sinks, and toilets, and appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters. 

Employment of plumbers is expected to grow significantly due to an increase in residential, industrial, and commercial construction.  The increase in installation  of  sprinkler  systems , water  and  wastewater treatment plants, and other projects that have large pipe systems will ensure the employment of plumbers to maintain these systems.  

Average earnings in 2000 were between $14.00 and $24.24 per hour.*  Pipe layers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are among the highest paid construction occupations. 


The mission of the Plumbing program at TrenholmTech is to prepare individuals to enter and progress in a career as a plumber.  This program is based on curriculum approved by the Program Advisory Committe and meets national industry skills standards.  The Program Advisory Committee meets twice per year to review curriculum.


Specialized Training Certificate in Plumbing

  Emphasis:  Plumbing Design

  Emphasis:  Plumbing Systems


Tuition Award    Length & Fees    Books   Tools     Supplies

Specialized Training Certificate                1-2 Terms  $1,596-1,824       $200                $400                $0

* Length is based on full-time status of 12-15 credit hours per term, depending on your program. Enrollment in developmental level General Education courses will alter the length of the program.  Tuition and fee costs are based on the total number of credit hours for the particular award.  Cost of tuition and fees, as well as books will increase if prerequisite courses are necessary. 

All costs are approximate and subject to change.