Pathfinder Tech

PLUMBING & PIPEFITTING

SKILLS ACQUIRED AT EACH GRADE LEVEL

Grade 9

  • Osha 10 Certification
  • Hot works certification
  • Introduction to Plumbing
  • Materials, Tools and Joining Methods
  • Education and experience requirements per Mass code section 248 CMR:11
  • Valves and devices used in plumbing
  • Residential blueprint reading’
  • Math

Grade 10

  • Drainage
  • Building sanitary waste and venting systems
  • Allowable materials and approval procedures
  • Traps
  • Cleanouts plumbing code
  • Hands on installation of plumbing fixtures
  • Potable water supply
  • Hot water tank Installation
  • Math 
  • Gas fitting
  • Underground plumbing

Grade 11

  • Venting
  • Drainage 
  • Water supply
  • Testing and Safety
  • Storm drains
  • Fixture installation
  • Gas code and installation
  • Introduction to welding

Grade 12

  • Sizing waste and vents
  • Sizing potable water
  • Sizing natural gas and propane
  • Plumbing Code
  • Plumbing rough in
  • Welding
  • Hydronic heating and cooling
  • Managing a plumbing business

Plumbing & Pipefitting

Pathfinder ‘s Plumbing & Pipefitting program starts students on a path to obtain the hours of training they need to take the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Journeyman Plumbing License by combining the Code, theory, and hands on training in both residential and commercial applications needed to complete 3 of the 5 tiers required for licensing. Pipefitting, Sprinkler fitting Hydronic Heating, welding, and process piping are incorporated in the curriculum to introduce the students to a broad spectrum of opportunity in their plumbing/ pipefitting career

NOTEWORTHY PROJECTS
  • Plumbing underground (Hands on Plumbing foundation)
  • Plumbing rough in (Hands on Mock-up House)
  • Plumbing fixture repair and install throughout the school and community
  • Introduction to welding and commercial piping application
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS
  • Journeyman plumber
  • Master Plumber
  • Foreman 
  • General Foreman
  • Supervisor
  • Business owner
  • Inspector
  • Teacher
  • Maintenance
  • Engineering
  • Project management
  • Industrial 
THIS PROGRAM RELIES HEAVILY ON THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC SKILLS and/or DISCIPLINES
  • Math
  • Algebra
  • Science
  • Geometry

POSSIBLE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES UPON COMPLETION OF PROGRAM

Upon graduation:
  • Plumbing Apprenticeship
  • Sprinkler fitting apprenticeship
  • Pipefitting Apprenticeship
  • Plumbing sales
  • Maintenance
  • Union training
After completion of 1-2 years of post-secondary technical training (apprenticeship, certificate program or associate’s degree):
  • Opportunity to take the Massachusetts Journeyman Plumbing Exam
  • Opportunity to take the Massachusetts Master Plumbing Exam
  • Self-Employment
  • Inspector
After completion of Advanced degree (4 year college degree or higher)
  • Business owner
  • Engineering
  • Project Management

At this time we are not accepting new work requests.