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Top Schools for Plumbing

Learn about the top schools for plumbing, where students learn how to install and repair pipes for commercial and residential water, gas, and septic systems. Explore three of the top schools, as well as other schools in the U.S. that offer training for plumbers. View article »

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  • 0:00 Top 3 Schools Overview
  • 0:30 Atlanta Technical College
  • 0:58 Cleveland Community College
  • 1:25 Montana State…
  • 1:57 Top Plumbing Schools

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Top 3 School Overviews

Plumbing programs often offer courses in pipe fitting, welding, water supply, and state codes. Students also learn about fixtures and appliances. It's important to keep in mind that most aspiring plumbers complete apprenticeships through local unions or related trade organizations. Three of the top schools for plumbing include Atlanta Technical College, Cleveland Community College, and Montana State University - Northern.

Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta Technical College (ATC) in Atlanta, GA, offers certificate programs and a diploma program in the plumbing area of study. ATC offers a plumbing and pipefitting technology diploma as well as certificates in plumbing services and systems and residential/commercial plumbing. In addition to general plumbing training, programs include basic skills courses in math, English, and interpersonal relations.

Cleveland Community College

Cleveland Community College in Shelby, NC, offers a diploma program and a certificate in plumbing. Students might opt for the plumbing certificate; it's considered to be a quicker way of achieving the necessary skills to understand water systems, drains, and residential venting. The diploma is slightly more intense and covers a broad range of topics, including water service, waste removal, pipe installation, and pumps, in addition to codes and standards.

Montana State University - Northern

At Montana State University - Northern in Havre, MT, students can customize their plumbing program by taking elective courses in either welding or technical sciences. This university offers an Associate of Applied Science program in plumbing technology that combines a general liberal arts and technology education with specific plumbing courses. Required plumbing courses cover topics in piping and fixtures, drawing, technical graphics, and welding; students also receive training in first aid.

Top Plumbing Schools

Other top plumbing schools include the following:

School Name Location Distinction
Lawson State Community College Birmingham, AL Plumbing and pipefitting certificate program includes a cooperative work experience
Macomb Community College Warren, MI Plumbing and pipefitting coursework can lead to a certificate or associate degree in the field
New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies New York, NY Plumbing systems design certificate program covers topics in natural gas distribution, drainage systems, sanitary waste disposal, and water chemistry
Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN Plumbing program offered in conjunction with the Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 34 (a union)
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT Pipefitters apprenticeship program includes courses in gas installations and basic electricity
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Lancaster, PA Students can take electives in small business management as well as advanced plumbing design and installation

In summary, plumbing programs often offer courses in pipe fitting, welding, water supply, and state codes, with the top three schools in Montana, Georgia, and North Carolina.

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