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Building Trades:
Plumbing Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skill to lay out, assemble, install, and maintain piping, fixtures, and piping systems for stream, hot water, heating, cooling, draining, lubricating, sprinkling, and industrial processing systems.

You Will Learn
  • How to layout, assemble, install, and maintain piping fixtures.
  • How to selection material and use tools to cut, bend, join, and weld pipes.
  • Industrial processing systems.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Building Trades: Plumbing - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
SkillsUSA is the student leadership organization for Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Plumber/Pipefitter Helper
  • Plumbing Teacher
  • Steamfitter
Workforce Trends
Demand for plumbers will stem from new construction and renovation, repair, and maintenance of existing buildings. Job opportunities should be excellent because of a shortage in the number of people seeking training.

This is a nontraditional occupation for women. In 2007, 1.5 percent of the people employed in this occupation were women.

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