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