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Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Plumbing Diploma

Location(s): In Person

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Program Overview

Major ID: 097D

Program Start Dates: The Plumbing Diploma program is a part-time, evening program that starts each spring.

The Plumbing program trains apprentices in commercial, residential and industrial plumbing.

Plumbers install and maintain the water, waste disposal, soil and vent, drainage and gas systems in homes and in commercial and industrial buildings. Plumbers also install faucets, bathtubs, sinks and toilets, and such appliances as dishwashers and water heaters. Plumbers often work from blueprints and specifications and are knowledgeable about building and plumbing codes which govern installations.

Applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. High school courses in mathematics, science, mechanical drawing and wood or metal shop will be helpful.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of plumbers is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations.

Before becoming a journeyperson plumber, the apprentice must pass the Minnesota State Plumbing Examination. Licensing is by the State Board of Health.

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply math and science skills in the plumbing field.
  2. Apply code knowledge to install piping in commercial, residential, and industrial buildings.
  3. Assemble fittings, fixtures, and piping used in multiple piping systems.

Program Faculty

Adjunct faculty members, who are experienced in plumbing and represent private practice, local government, and industry sectors.

Contact Admissions at 651.846.1555 or for questions about the application, deadlines and the enrollment process.

Call Rick Gale, Program Coordinator, St. Paul Plumbers JATC, at 651.846.1389 for questions about the program.

Restricted Enrollment

The Plumbing Diploma program is a restricted enrollment program offered through the Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 34 and Saint Paul College. Admission to the Plumbing Apprenticeship program is required for enrollment in this diploma program. Those enrolled in the Plumbing Diploma program are subject to the St. Paul Plumbers & Gasfitters Apprenticeship Standards, as well as the Saint Paul College Student Code of Conduct and Academic Integrity Policy. Violations of these standards or policies may result in removal from both the apprenticeship program and the plumbing diploma classes. Concurrent enrollment in both the apprenticeship program and plumbing classes is required.

Program Requirements

Certain classes must be taken concurrently and certain classes are prerequisites to other classes.

Course Sequence

Spring Semester

Students must complete the Pre-Apprenticeship classes (PLMB 2610  and PLMB 2612 ) prior to work eligibility.

1st Year Apprentice

2nd Year Apprentice

5th Year Apprentice

Fall Semester

1st Year Apprentice

2nd Year Apprentice

4th Year Apprentice

5th Year Apprentice

Total Program Credits: 44

Information is subject to change.This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 248+

Writing: Any

Arithmetic: Score of 250+

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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