Program Overview

Heating technology student

Learn the basic theory and practices of heating and plumbing.  You will get hands-on experience in a laboratory setting in the New England Tech program that combines two distinct but interconnected areas: heating in residential structures and plumbing in residential, commercial, and industrial structures. In the Associate in Science in Plumbing and Heating (PLB) program you will have the opportunity to share classes and collaborate with your peers in architecture, construction management, welding engineering and other allied professional trades programs

Plumbing: The four-term 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.

Heating: In the heating portion of the program (distributed over two terms), 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 and commercial application. Courses are offered in the installation of heating systems, gas technology, solar heating systems, and introduction to welding.

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Full Description

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

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-term 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 heating portion of the program (distributed over two terms), various 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 and commercial application.  Included in the Heating Program are courses in the installation of heating systems, gas technology, solar heating systems, and introduction to welding.

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,  graduates of this program area are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

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Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Plumbing Technology

Program Mission

The mission of the Plumbing Technology (PLBH) program is to provide an Associate in Science 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

  1. The PLBH 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 PLBH 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

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.

Heating Technology

Program Mission

The mission of the Heating Technology Program is to provide an integral component to the Associate Degree 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

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

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Exhibit knowledge of combustion efficiency testing through the use of instruments.
  2. Demonstrate a procedure for testing electrical circuits by using a Volt-OHM-Milliamp Meter.
  3. Calculate heat loss for single family dwellings and small commercial buildings and properly design a multi-zone series loop system for that structure.
  4. 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.
  5. Install and troubleshoot heating controls for the following parameters: temperature, humidity, pressure and ventilation to create and efficient system.
  6. Install furnaces and boilers with ductwork and piping.

Courses Offered

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.