Construction Technology - Plumbing

Looking for a career that challenges you every day and provides steady flow of income for your future? 

Plumbers install and repair pipelines and pipe systems that carry water, steam, air or other liquids or gases.  They work in residential, commercial, industrial or infrastructure construction and maintenance.


What will I learn? Plumbing students

Collin College's program utilizes the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum for plumbing professionals.  The purpose of the Construction Technology-Plumbing program is to prepare students for entry-level employment as a plumbers' apprentice.  This program reflects a comprehensive foundation including theory, diagnosis, repair and maintenance with an emphasis on current procedures and best practices.  Students will take courses in Plumbing Codes, Residential and Commercial Plumbing Fixtures, Field Measuring and Layout, and Pipefitting Equipment & Safety.


What do plumbers do?

  • Install underground piping for water, gas, sewer, or storm drain systems
  • Cut, thread, glue, solder, or weld pipes to specification using saws, torches, or pipe threaders
  • Layout full scale drawings of pipe systems according to blueprints
  • Inspect, examine and test installed systems or pipe lines 
  • Assemble pipe sections, tubing or fittings using couplings, clamps, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking or soldering, brazing or welding equipment
  • Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, dishwashers, water heaters, sinks or toilets, using hand or power tools
  • Install automatic controls to regulate pipe systems
  • Maintain or repair plumbing by replacing defective washers, replacing or mending broken pipes or opening clogged drains
  • Install faucet flow restrictors, dual-flush or pressure-assisted flush toilets, or tankless water heaters
  • Repair hydraulic or air pumps


Plumbing studentsWhere do plumbers work?

  • New residential and commercial construction and remodels
  • Residential and commercial service and repair
  • Industrial operations and the oil and gas industry
  • Water supply and distribution, wastewater, and other utility and municipalities
  • Sales and plumbing supply houses
  • Facilities maintenance/service technician (boilers, water heaters, pumps and motors)


What kind of skills and abilities are needed for the job?

  • Complex problem-solving and decision-making
  • Conducting tests and inspections of products and processes to evaluate quality or performance
  • Time management
  • Arm-hand steadiness, manual dexterity, and multi-limb coordination
  • Visualization
  • Oral and written communication skills

What are my Program Options?


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Questions?  Contact Us!

Kevin Adams - Lead Faculty



Craig A. Johnson - Director


Kate Smith - Program Coach