Demand for area plumbers leads to new VC course
Scott D. Bentson, a Victoria Air Conditioning LTD employee, will teach VCs Plumbing Level I class. Bentson is pictured with a pipe-threading machine that will be used in the course.
Scott D. Bentson, a Victoria Air Conditioning LTD employee, will teach VCs Plumbing Level I class. Bentson is pictured with a pipe-threading machine that will be used in the course.

Due to the high demand for plumbers in the Golden Crescent area, Victoria College has developed a new plumbing course that will begin this fall.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

“There is a high demand for plumbers in our region due to retirements in the industry, as well as new residential and commercial construction, especially with apartment complexes,” said Radonna Brown, VC Workforce and Continuing Education program coordinator.

Plumbers install and repair the water, waste disposal, drainage and gas systems in homes, commercial and industrial buildings.

Students in the new Plumbing Level I course will be given an introduction to the plumbing profession, plumbing math and drawings, and fixtures and faucets. Students will also learn about safety, tools and plastic, copper, cast iron and carbon steel pipe and fittings. Drain-Waste-Vent systems and water distribution systems will also be covered.

Scott D. Bentson, a VC adjunct instructor and Victoria Air Conditioning LTD employee, explained that plumbing is not just about dripping or clogged pipes.

“Plumbing is an essential part of any healthy society,” Bentson said. “Plumbers are tasked to keep the infrastructure of a critical and complex system operating safely. These skills take specialized training and years to hone. A career choice in the plumbing industry offers more than familiarity with a shovel or a sewer snake.”

He said plumbing is a global industry that is constantly growing and changing, generating a high demand for skilled individuals.

Warren Heilker, CEO of Victoria Air Conditioning, LTD., said the skills and training that students at Victoria College receive will have a far-reaching effect and provide them a solid core for any career field they decide to pursue.

“I am very optimistic that the benefits of Victoria College’s plumbing training courses will be experienced not only by the area plumbing companies, but also by the local business community,” Heilker said. “The training the student receives will make him or her a better worker and productive employee for the company.”

In the Golden Crescent area, plumbers earn an average of $18.84 an hour, or $39,000 a year, and can make as much as $57,000 annually, according to Career Coach.

Registration for the course, which begins in September, is underway at VC’s new Emerging Technology Complex, 7403 Lone Tree Road. The class will meet from 6-10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Sept. 14-Dec. 9 at VC’s Liberty Street Training Center, 1404 N. Liberty St. All course materials will be included.

Prior to enrolling in this course, students need to take the Core Curriculum: Introductory Craft Skills course offered this summer.

Plumbing Level I is a noncredit course that does not apply toward a credit degree, credit certificate or academic transfer, but successful completion of the 96-contact-hour course will lead to a nationally recognized certificate by NCCER.

For more information, call (361) 582-2432 or email Radonna.Brown@VictoriaCollege.edu.
 

Published: Friday, 19 June 2015
 

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