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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Start Date
Training Times
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Tuition and Fees Charges

For specific tuition and fee requirements for this training program, click here.

Refund Policy

AVTEC has a fair and equitable refund policy. For details about the Refund and Repayment Policy, click here.

Admission Policy and Process

Find out the requirements and application process for admission to AVTEC and this program, here.

Academic Requirements

AVTEC requires completion of the TABE Academy, an online course using skill based lessons, to determine individual readiness in math and reading as applied to the greatest success in training.  More information can be found here.

Information Technology

Students will need a Laptop computer for this training program and be able to demonstrate understanding using the following electronic equipment and functions:

  • Laptop Computers
  • Understand opening, reading, sending and replying to e-mail.
  • Have a valid e-mail address.
  • Have a basic understanding of computer graphic interfaces.
Employment Requirements
  • Clean driving record, with the ability to earn a valid Alaska driver’s license.
  • Will demonstrate the ability to show up on time, rested and dressed for the work day.
  • Safety conscience, situationally aware of surroundings.  Understands and willingly enforces industry safety standards.
Program Specific Requirements
  • Students will be exposed to and should be comfortable with constant physical activity.  Will need to demonstrate the ability to stand, walk, sit, lift, carry, push, pull, twist, turn, bend squat, climb, kneel, crouch, crawl and reach.
  • The following are minimum level of physical requirements expected to be performed.
    • Lift                 75 pounds
    • Carry             50 pounds
    • Push            100 pounds
    • Pull                50 pounds
  • Vision is critical. Proper prescription safety glasses are recommended for student’s with prescription lenses.
  • Student should supply properly fitting work clothes, steel toe or reinforced toe work boots. Student’s should be prepared and dressed appropriately for working in incremental winter weather.
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.