HAMLET — When people need plumbers, they usually need them urgently and are willing to pay the price for the work to be done. This dependency on the modern convenience of running water makes for excellent wages and job security in the plumbing profession, according to Richmond Community College.
This fall, Richmond will offer the National Center for Construction and Education Research Level 1 plumbing program. Students will learn the basic skills needed to begin working in the plumbing field, and the course will employ both classroom lecture and hands-on practice.
This course will also benefit people already working in the plumbing profession. Students who successfully complete the course will emerge with the NCCER Level 1 plumbing certification, a credential recognized in all 50 states, making it a portable craft professional qualification.
In addition, NCCER credentials are tracked through the national NCCER Registry, which allows companies to easily verify an individual’s credential.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters is projected to grow 21 percent by 2020. The approaching skills gap in the nation, as baby boomers retire, means that opportunities in the field will be strong. A recent study indicated that a third of all skilled tradesmen are older than 55.
Course topics for Richmond Community College’s NCCER plumbing program include introduction to the plumbing profession and safety processes; overview of trade tools, fixtures and faucets; working with plastic, steel, copper and cast iron pipes; identification and application of common copper, threaded and drain/waste/vent fittings; and isometric drawings.
The course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 16 through March 5 at Scotland High School in Laurinburg. Tuition is $180, plus required textbook.
For more information, contact Lauren Holland, RCC’s director of work force and economic development programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-410-1848.