Plumbing and Heating Technology

Associate Degree

Program Overview

Heating Technology

Learn the basic theory and practices of Heating, and get hands-on experience in a laboratory setting. Master heating concepts as they apply to residential, commercial, and industrial structures. The program covers gray water technologies, rainwater harvesting, biofuel and solar technologies, and other industry innovations.

Plumbing Technology

Learn the basic theory and practices of Plumbing and heating, and get hands-on experience in a laboratory setting. Master plumbing concepts as they apply to residential, commercial, and industrial structures, and heating solutions for residential buildings. The program covers gray water technologies, rainwater harvesting, biofuel and solar technologies, and other industry innovations.

Career Possibilities

  • Plumber
  • Pipefitter
  • Steamfitter

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Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science Degree in Plumbing and Heating is a program offered jointly through our Plumbing and Heating Departments.

Plumbing & Heating is a comprehensive program designed to train the student as an entry-to-industry level technician. The student is taught the basic theory and practices of plumbing and heating and receives hands-on experience in a laboratory setting. The program offers a curriculum combining two distinct but interconnected areas: heating, with residential structures and plumbing: residential, commercial, and industrial structures.

The four quarter plumbing portion of the program includes the study of basic tools; methods of fabrication; fitting identification and usage; drainage; waste and venting; water piping methods and design; sewage disposal and treatment; water sources and distribution; and household and industrial maintenance.

Plumbing has incorporated the use of Gray Water Technology and Rain Water Harvesting.  These technologies will be taught in the third and fourth quarters of the program.  The student will attain a better understanding of the concepts which will allow them to work on these projects as plumbers.

In the heating portion of the program, various heating systems are examined such as steam, warm air, forced hot water and gas-fired equipment. Also presented are the burners used in conjunction with these systems and their associated control circuitry. Special consideration is given to electricity and wiring, and heat loss calculations and system design as they relate to a residential application.

Heating has incorporated the use of Biofuel and solar technologies. The fuel oil that is used in our heating units has been entirely replaced with Biofuel. Additionally, the two oil fired buildings on campus have now been converted to Biofuel.  Solar technology is now part of heating’s second quarter curriculum. The solar panels, tank and controls have been ordered, and we intend on having a working model ready for the fall quarter, 2009.

Historically, the northeast area of the country has been a stronghold for oil heat; however, gas has gained in popularity recently. Gas Technology was developed to meet the local market demand for heating technicians who are well-trained in both oil and gas equipment.

Gas Technology examines the field of gas-fired equipment. The theory and lab experience includes the design, installation, troubleshooting, and servicing of units such as gas-fired furnaces, boilers, water heaters and rooftop systems.

The graduate is prepared for entry-level technician positions in the plumbing and heating industry. In addition, after completing certain prerequisites*, graduates of this program area are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management Technology.

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Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes for Heating

Program Mission:
The mission of the Heating Technology Program is to provide an integral component to the Associate Degreed programs in Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning, Heating Technology and Plumbing Heating Technology. The Heating Technology program is focused on providing basic essential training to students in preparation for their entry into the fields of oil and gas heating and pipefitting. This training is designed for those students who have recently graduated from high school as well as adults who are seeking a different career path to follow. Through a combination of classroom theory and hands-on laboratory training, students are given the opportunity to acquire the skills required for entry-level employment in the heating industry.

Program Goals – Heating Technology:
The Heating Technology Program will provide the appropriate training for students to:
a. Develop theoretical knowledge of systems, their components and function.
b. Gain an understanding of tools and equipment used in the heating field and how to put them to proper use.
c. Use the knowledge acquired in the classroom and display proficiency in the lab while working on equipment readily found in real-life installations.
d. Qualify for the Rhode Island Oil Burner Journeyperson Technician’s license.
e. Enter the workforce with the ability to interact appropriately with customers, vendors and fellow tradespersons.

Program Outcomes – Heating Technology:
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Perform basic diagnosis of a fuel unit through the use of vacuum and pressure gauges.
2. Exhibit knowledge of combustion efficiency testing through the use of instruments.
3. Demonstrate a procedure for testing electrical circuits by using a Volt-OHM-Milliamp Meter.
4. Calculate heat loss for a single family dwelling and properly design a multi-zone series loop system for that structure.
5. Design a fuel delivery system with natural gas and propane for a residential and light commercial application and develop a complete parts list for the installation of that system in accordance with NFPA 54.

Associate in Science Degree

  • PL 114 Pipe Fitting Basics
  • PL 115 Pipe Fitting Lab
  • PL 116 Blueprint Reading and Drafting
  • PL 124 Drainage, Waste and Vent Design
  • PL 126 Potable Water Piping Design
  • PL 125 Drainage, Waste and Vent, and Potable Water System Lab
  • PL 230 Plumbing Fixture, Appliance and Appurtenance
  • PL 231 Plumbing System Design and Fixture Installation Lab
  • PL 232 Troubleshooting and Repair
  • AH 122 Basic Electricity
  • PL 240 Pump System Design
  • PL 241 Pump System Design Lab
  • PL 242 Final Project
  • AH 220 Basic Heating
  • AH 221 Basic Heating Lab
  • AH 230 Heating Systems Theory
  • AH 231 Heating Systems Lab
  • AH 226 Gas Technology
  • AH 227 Gas Technology Lab