Plumbing and Heating

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Students in this fast paced and challenging program receive basic training in construction and maintenance of plumbing and heating systems. The Plumbing and Heating program provides students with a wide variety of experience that prepares them for entry-level employment and apprenticeships in the plumbing and heating, construction and facility maintenance trades. Typically 50% of the training is hands-on and 50% is classroom instruction.

The program’s blend of classroom instruction, lab, and live work practice helps students to learn the necessary skills to succeed in an apprenticeship program and become a Plumbing and Heating Technician. Upon successful completion of the training program, students are assigned the following certificate levels based on their demonstrated proficiency of the program’s competencies: Plumbing and Heating Technician, Plumbing and Heating Repairer, and Plumbing and Heating Assistant Repairer.

Plumbing and Heating Technicians are in short supply throughout Alaska today, both in urban and in rural areas. As a result, graduates of AVTEC’s Plumbing and Heating program enjoy excellent job opportunities and good pay.


Program Location: 
Swenson Building, 808 Port Avenue, Seward, AK
Training Clock Hours: 
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Occupational Levels: 
Plumbing & Heating Technician
Plumbing & Heating Repairer
Plumbing & Heating Assistant Repairer

The mission of the Plumbing and Heating program is to provide training through classroom instruction, demonstration, and practical application, methods for construction, installation, maintenance, service, repair, and diagnostics to construct, maintain and repair Plumbing, Heating, and Ventilation systems.

Plumbing & Heating Instructor
Tim Shearer


TABE tests scores for this program must be:

Reading                  550

Combined Math      550


Program Requirements: 


Students should have good mechanical aptitude, strong mathematics and reading skills, and the ability to manage time productively. 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 so students should have appropriate outdoor working gear and clothing. Students who wear prescription glasses must have prescription safety glasses or goggles. Strong reading and mathematics skills are essential to achieve top graduation levels and the best paying jobs.


Program Cost: 
Tuition Books NOT provided by AVTEC Room & Board Student Service Fee Supplies Tech Fee Total
$1,910 $384 $2,300 $4,515 $85 $919 $230 $10,343
Program Courses: 
  • Electricity

    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.

    Training Clock Hours: 84
  • Heating

    Demonstrate an understanding of basic thermodynamic theory and perform heat transfer calculations; install, maintain troubleshoot and repair electric, gas and oil-fired heating systems. Identify, select and install components and piping for gas and oil fuel delivery systems. Correctly size, install and test gravity and direct venting systems. Identify, install and service conventional and high-efficiency modulating-condensing hydronic heating boilers. Perform residential heat loss calculations. Size heating equipment and heat emitters. Use combustion analyzers to determine efficiency and safety of fuel burning appliances.

    Training Clock Hours: 235
  • Plumbing

    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.

    Training Clock Hours: 235
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Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019


Program Name: Plumbing & Heating

This program is designed to be completed in 18 weeks. 

This program will cost $3,528 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.  


Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 0 of debt.  


The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession:  Alaska

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Updated: 6/26/2019


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