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 the Plumbing Department and the Heating Department.

Plumbing/Heating is a comprehensive program designed to train students as entry-to-industry level technicians. Students are taught the basic theory and practices of plumbing and heating and receive hands-on experience in a laboratory setting. The program offers a curriculum combining two distinct but interconnected areas:  heating in residential structures and plumbing in 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. Sustainability issues using rainwater harvesting and gray water technology are stressed.

In the three-quarter heating portion of the program, various gas- and oil-fired heating systems are examined such as steam, warm air, and forced hot water. Also presented are the burners used in conjunction with these systems and their associated control circuitry. Special consideration is given to electrical wiring, heat loss calculations, and system design as they relate to a residential application. Topics in the use of biofuels and a study of solar technology are also covered.

The theory and lab experience includes the design, installation, troubleshooting, and servicing of a vast array of heating units.

Graduates are prepared for 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.

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Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes for Plumbing

Program Mission

The mission of the Plumbing Technology program is to provide Associate Degree in Plumbing and Heating Technology. The program offers a curriculum combining two distinct but interconnected areas: heating, with residential structures; and plumbing, with residential, and light commercial structures. 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 plumbing and heating industry.

Program Goals for Plumbing

  1. The PLB program will provide students with the appropriate knowledge and skills in basic construction methods and blueprint reading; using basic plumbing 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 residential and light commercial maintenance.
  2. The heating portion of the PLB program will examine various heating systems such as steam, warm air, forced hot water and gas-fired equipment as well as the burners used in conjunction with these systems and their associated control circuitry.

Program Outcomes for Plumbing
Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Produce piping installations from specification sheet guidelines utilizing appropriate tools and pipefitting techniques with ABS, PVC, no-hub cast iron, threaded black iron, copper, CPVC and PEX pipe and fittings.
  2. Design and install a residential kitchen and bathroom from rough-in to finish fixture placement utilizing an ABS or PVC drainage, waste and vent system and a copper or CPVC branch style potable water supply system that meets current International Plumbing Code standards.
  3. Install and repair residential and light commercial bathroom plumbing fixtures, and their respective potable water supply and drainage trap connections.
  4. Design and install a shallow well jet, deep well submersible and jet pump booster system for potable water or grey water supply. Design and install a submersible sump or sewage pump system for waste water drainage or rainwater harvesting.
  5. From a residential floor plan drawing – size the plumbing system, create isometric plumbing system drawings, estimate pipe, fittings, materials and fixtures, and estimate the labor hours needed to install a complete, code approved plumbing system.

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:

  1. Develop theoretical knowledge of systems, their components and function.
  2. Gain an understanding of tools and equipment used in the heating field and how to put them to proper use.
  3. Use the knowledge acquired in the classroom and display proficiency in the lab while working on equipment readily found in real-life installations.
  4. Qualify for the Rhode Island Oil Burner Journeyperson Technician’s license.
  5. 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 117 Pipe Fitting Lab
  • PL 118 Blueprint Reading and Drafting
  • PL 124 Drainage, Waste and Vent Design
  • PL 123 Drainage, Waste and Vent, and Potable Water System Lab
  • PL 126 Potable Water Piping Design
  • PL 230 Plumbing Fixture, Appliance and Appurtenance
  • PL 233 Plumbing System Design and Fixture Installation Lab
  • PL 232 Troubleshooting and Repair
  • AH 123 Basic Electricity
  • PL 240 Pump System Design
  • PL 243 Pump System Design Lab
  • PL 242 Final Project
  • AH 220 Basic Heating
  • AH 222 Basic Heating Lab
  • AH 230 Heating Systems Theory
  • AH 232 Heating Systems Lab
  • AH 226 Gas Technology
  • AH 228 Gas Technology Lab
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