When people need plumbers, they usually need them urgently and are willing to pay the price for the work to be done. This dependency on the modern convenience of running water makes for excellent wages and job security in the plumbing profession.
This fall, Richmond Community College will offer the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) Level One Plumbing program. Students will learn the basic skills needed to begin working in the plumbing field, and the course will employ both classroom lecture and hands-on practice.
This course will also benefit people already working in the plumbing profession. Students who successfully complete the course will emerge with the NCCER Level One Plumbing certification, a credential recognized in all fifty states, making it a portable craft professional qualification. As with any career, employers are more likely to hire or pay higher wages for individuals who have advanced training and education.
In addition, NCCER credentials are tracked through the national NCCER Registry, which allows companies to easily verify an individual’s credential.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters is projected to grow 21 percent by 2020. The approaching skills gap in the nation, as baby boomers retire, means that opportunities in the field will be strong. A recent study indicated that one-third of all skilled tradesmen are older than 55 years old.
Course topics for RCC’s NCCER Plumbing program include: introduction to the plumbing profession and safety processes; overview of trade tools, fixtures and faucets; working with plastic, steel, copper and cast iron pipes; identification and application of common copper, threaded and drain/waste/vent fittings; and isometric drawings.
The course will be offered from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 16 through March 5 at Scotland High School in Laurinburg. Tuition is $180, plus required textbook.
For more information, contact Lauren Holland, RCC’s director of Workforce & Economic Development programming, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 410-1848.