A Pipeline to Career Opportunities
Laney College is offering a nine-week course of study to prepare students for plumbing careers in the water distribution industry. The program is designed to orient students to basic plumber work, tools & equipment, and traffic safety. A lab class is included so that students will have first-hand knowledge of tools and materials used in the industry. The goal is to provide foundational skills that enable graduates to be more competitive when applying for plumbing jobs.
Water distribution industry plumbers typically work as crew members performing physically demanding outdoor work and assisting in the installation, repair and maintenance of underground pipelines, valves, meters, hydrants and other related facilities.
- 20 hours/week classroom & lab instruction
- Construction Math & Pre-Algebra
- English (10th-12th grade reading comprehension)
- Basic Plumbing
- Physical Conditioning
2012 Program Schedule
- Application deadline: 5 p.m. (PST), Friday, November 18, 2011
- Selection process: begins early December 2011
- Classes begin: mid-January, 2012
- Graduation: end of March 2012
- Plumber I: $4525 – $5238/month
- Journey-Level Plumber: $5516 – $6386/month
Who Should Apply?
A: You do not need prior plumbing experience to apply for this pre-apprenticeship course of study. Graduates of the training program will have foundational skills that enable them to be more competitive when applying for plumbing jobs in the water distribution industry.
To benefit from this program, you should be willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and work overtime on an extended shift or off-hours, as needed. You should also have the ability to:
- Lift and carry tools and equipment weighing 90 pounds;
- Learn and handle power tools and equipment;
- Learn and apply safety procedures;
- Follow oral and simple written directions;
- Learn to read meters, pipeline drawings, blueprints, maps and specifications;
- Demonstrate Math skills in geometry and computational math (fractions, proportions, volume/ratios, conversions, and word problems)
- Work cooperatively as a crew member; and
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
A: All applicants must:
- Have a valid, Class C California driver’s license
- Have no DUI (driving under the influence) convictions
- Be drug free
- Have the legal right to work in the United States
- Have the physical capability to lift and carry tools and equipment weighing 90 pounds
- Be willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and work overtime on an extended shift or off-hours
- Demonstrate math skills in geometry and computational math (fractions, proportions, volume/ratios, conversions, and sequential word problems)
- Demonstrate 11th grade English reading comprehension
Please note that the selection process will include a Math and English exam.
See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
See a sample job description: Water Distribution Plumber – Job Description (PDF – 25 KB)
See Plumbers at Work (slideshow)
Apply by November 18, 2011
Paper applications can be mailed to:
Career & Technical Education
900 Fallon Street
Oakland, CA 94607
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