Plumbing and Heating


Plumbing and Heating Technicians are in demand throughout Alaska, in both urban and in rural areas. As a result, graduates of the Plumbing and Heating program enjoy excellent job opportunities and good pay. Plumbing and Heating students receive basic training in construction and maintenance of plumbing and heating systems. The Plumbing and Heating program provides students with a wide variety of experiences that prepare them for entry-level employment and for apprenticeships in the plumbing and heating, construction and facility maintenance trades. The Plumbing and Heating program’s blend of classroom instruction, lab, and live-work practice help students to learn the necessary skills to succeed in an apprenticeship program and become a Plumbing and Heating Technician. The program is fast-paced and challenging. Students should have good mechanical aptitude, strong mathematics and reading skills, and the ability to manage time productively. Typically 50 percent of the training is hands-on and 50 percent is classroom instruction. Training includes outdoor activities, so students need appropriate clothing for cold and wet working conditions.

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8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Start Date
Program Costs
Room and Board
Technology Fee
Student Service Fee
Books (Provided by AVTEC)
Supplies (Provided by AVTEC)
Items NOT Provided by AVTEC
Total Cost

Strong reading and mathematics skills are essential to achieving top graduation levels and the best paying jobs.

Physical requirements for program
  • Physical requirements of the occupation are good vision, hearing, and manual dexterity; the ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, and stoop, crawl and walk continuously. It also requires being able to work from a ladder at heights up to 30 ft.
  • The occupation may also require working outdoors in a variety of weather and climate conditions where physical hazards may exist.
Plumbing and Heating
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Identify and properly use common plumbing tools; install piping materials and fittings, valves, faucets, and meters; correctly size, install and maintain hot and cold potable water systems; size, install and repair drain, waste, and vent systems; and read and sketch plumbing and heating prints and isometric drawings. Install, maintain and repair commercial and residential plumbing fixtures, storage and on-demand water heaters and appliances. Select and install pressure-rated piping systems including PEX, PVC, ABS, copper, and steel. Troubleshoot and repair residential water well systems.
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Demonstrate an understanding of basic thermodynamic theory and perform heat transfer calculations; install and maintain gas burning equipment; demonstrate correct piping practices and sizing, demonstrate venting practices and sizing. Identify, install, and maintain oil heat components and electrical heating equipment. Identify, install, and repair oil heat components and electrical heating equipment. Identify, install and service conventional and modulating-condensing hydronic heating boilers. Understand installation and service of heat pumps. Perform residential heat loss calculations. Size heating equipment and heat emitters. Use combustion analyzers to determine efficiency and safety of fuel-burning appliances.
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Demonstrate an understanding of basic electrical theory and proper use of test instruments; build and test heating control circuits; perform electrical tests; analyze basic series, parallel and combination resistive AC and DC circuits; sketch wiring diagram symbols; maintain and replace solenoids, pressure switches, thermostats zone valves, and relays; identify, select, install and maintain common electrical control devices; demonstrate circuit construction workmanship, techniques, and practices; identify, install and maintain common motors.Complete OSHA 10 hour certification.
Employability Skills
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Participate in school safety orientation, workplace communication skills, job interview training, resume building and job search training/support.