About the Program
Residential and commercial property owners know the value of having a good plumber you can call when needed. Ridgewater College’s new full-time Plumbing Technician program will make finding that plumbing expert a bit easier by helping to meet the industry need.
Plumbing students will focus on inspecting, installing, adapting and repairing plumbing, cooling and heating systems and fixtures, identifying potential plumbing hazards, and testing new green technology systems.
Through classroom instruction and hands-on experience, you will prepare for industry work for both residential and commercial work.
Gain expertise in:
- Blueprint reading interpretation
- Basic/advanced plumbing procedures
- Water distribution
- Drainage, waste and venting
- Faucet and fixture installation
- Troubleshooting and repair
Program Requirements and Job OutlookPlumbing Technician
- Willmar campus
- Fall starts
- Hands-on education
- Flexible delivery with blended online and in-person classes
- Real-world practice and internship experiences through industry partner
- Preparation for both residential and commercial plumbing
Plumbers work with their hands and many tools, controls, pipes and appliances. They work in construction environments, existing homes and buildings, and might work in cramped quarters to complete a job.
Some plumbers work in unions for industries or government agencies while others like the independence and entrepreneurial challenge of running their own business.
Demand for plumbers, pipefitters and steam fitters for 2018-2028 is considered very high. Projected growth in Minnesota is 13%, which translates to a need of more than 1,200 tradespeople. Projected growth for central Minnesota is even higher at 14.9%.
Regional wages for plumbers is $22.13 to $32.37 per hour.