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What Plumbing is all about

Plumbing trade schools can offer you the opportunity to pursue a future in an in-demand, practical career field. If you love working with your hands and enjoy challenging work, becoming a plumber could be a sound career choice for



a given that plumbers handle clogged drains and burst pipes, but the truth is that they are responsible for far more than you might think. For example, plumbers help design the inner workings and placement of pipes within houses, make it possible to cook with a gas oven, create safe ways to utilize the power of highly pressurized steam in the manufacturing industry, and even deliver clean oxygen to hospital patients.

Plumbing is also one of the most enticing sectors of the skilled trades industry thanks to the good pay, varied work, and potential for advancement. However, it takes plenty of training, commitment, and hard work to make it in the plumbing field.


Types of equipment generally used

There are many different types of equipment used in the trade of plumbing. Some examples are…Hacksaw: Use this versatile saw to cut through metal pipe, hardware, screws, nuts and bolts and plastic pipe. Plunger: It's the first tool to grab when you need to dislodge clogs from sinks, tubs, toilets, showers and floor drains. Pipe Wrench: These large, heavy wrenches are used to tighten and loosen threaded pipes, fittings and nuts. Plumbers Putty: Plumber’s putty is a soft pliable caulking and sealing compound that is used to make watertight seals around faucets and drains.Allen Wrench Set: Many designer faucet and shower handles are held on with Allen screws. They are easy to remove but of course you have to have the right size Allen wrench. Loose Allen keys work well because you can get them into almost any position and tight places.Screw Drivers: Many shapes and sizes are preferred because there are so many different types of screws to remove when doing plumbing repairs. Examples are faucet handles, overflow plates, tub spouts and more. Compression Sleeve Puller: Removes the nut and compression sleeve without damaging the pipe. Basin Wrench: A Basin wrench is a self tightening wrench which can be used to loosen or tighten fittings in hard to reach places.


Schools in NL that offer this trade:

Academy CanadaLength of course: 34 weeksEntry Requirements: High school or equivalent

Aluminum PipingPipe and Tubing FundamentalsBlueprint 1 (Basic Residential)Piping ValvesBlueprint 2 (Advanced Residential/ Light Commercial)Plastic PipingCast Iron PipingResidential Appliances, Fixtures and TrimCommercial Drainage, Waste and Venting 1Residential Sanitary DrainageCommunication EssentialsResidential VentingComputer EssentialsRiggingCopper PipingRural Waste DisposalHot and Cold Water SupplyStandard First AidHot Water Storage Tanks and HeatersSteel PipingHydronic Heating 1Storm SystemsIntroduction to ApprenticeshipTools and EquipmentIntroduction to Electric Welding & CuttingTrade Math FundamentalsIntroduction to Fuel Brazing & CuttingWater ServiceJob Site SafetyWater Treatment SystemsMath EssentialsWHMISNon-Metallic PipingWorkplace EssentialsOccupational Health and Safety 

Entry Level Courses



College of the North Atlantic



Nine Months

Start Date:




Eligibility for admission requires the applicant to meet one of the following academic criteria:

1. High School

High School Graduation

2.  Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with General College Profile (or Business Related College Profile or Degree and Technical Profile). It is strongly recommended that courses include the following:

i. Mathematics MA3107A, MA3107B, MA3107C

ii. Science 3101, 3102, 3103

3. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Trades

Comprehensive Arts and Science (Trades) Certificate

4. Mature Student Status

Applicants who do not meet the educational prerequisites, are 19 years of age or older and have been out of school for at least one year, may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Clause.


Eastern College

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