Plumbing Technology

Associates degree in Plumbing Technology at New England Tech

Plumbing/Heating/Gas Technology

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 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

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, commercial, and industrial 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:
1. The PLB program will provide students with the appropriate knowledge and skills in 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 household and industrial 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.
3. Special consideration is given to electricity and wiring, and heat loss calculations and system design as they relate to a residential application.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates of this program will be able to:
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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 International Plumbing Code (IPC-09) 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.
 

Courses Offered

Plumbing/Heating/Gas Technology

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