In the Plumbing Technology program, you’ll develop skills in joining different types of piping materials, reading blueprints, and installing and repairing boilers, plumbing fixtures, faucets, and water heaters.
Graduates of the Plumbing Technology program at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology will find abundant work in both the residential and commercial construction industries. Opportunities may become available for someone in this field to become a certified Master Plumber as well. In addition, many may decide to start their own businesses utilizes the skills and knowledge obtained in the program.
"Plumbing chose me, I guess."
“Plumbing chose me, I guess. I enjoy making things in general, I like to fix up furniture, build dog houses, things like that. But I wanted to keep those interests as a hobby and not as my career. It’s easier to fool around with those things at home. I did some volunteer work that involved plumbing, so I didn’t have a ton of prior knowledge, but I did enjoy what I was doing. Plumbing was something new that I could broaden my horizons with.
“I definitely wanted to go into the trades, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go back to school. I took a year off after high school, and I realized that I can’t learn everything on my own. So, I figured if I did really want to make a career in the trades, I would have to go to school and really make that happen.
“Being one of the only women is definitely challenging at first, but once you get to know the people you are working with, they support you 100 percent. I haven’t had any issues with coworkers, classmates or teachers. They see that you can do just as good of a job.
“I hope to work for a company that will educate me and invest in me as a person. Not just in plumbing, but perhaps willing to teach me HVAC, electrical and all those things.”
"I saw my opportunity and seized the moment."
“I am very hands-on, and I learn by doing things rather than things being told to me. And I didn’t have any money for college. When I got accepted, with the Stevens Grant, that was a huge. I saw my opportunity and seized the moment.
“I chose plumbing because of my wrestling coach, actually. He is a plumber and is doing really well for himself; he has a family, he has a nice home and a nice car, and I wanted all those things. When I asked him what he does, he told me he went to Thaddeus Stevens.
“No matter where you go, plumbing is going to be about the same. So, I’m not restricted by where I am. I can live anywhere in the world. The only thing I have to do is learn the language, and I like that. I don’t like to have to follow the work. I can live where I choose to live, and still make a living. The only thing I have to do is learn the language—and I like that.
“If you’re coming to Stevens, do what you need to do and work hard and people will take care of you. Everyone here wants you to succeed, everyone wants you to get a good job. This college is here to give people a chance at a bright future. If you come here and do what you need to do, you will be successful.”