Preparatory Plumbing

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 31-427-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August

About the Preparatory Plumbing Diploma


Classes are held at the MATC Education Center at Walker's Square, 816 West National Avenue, Milwaukee.

This program prepares students for a plumbing apprenticeship. As a graduate applying for an apprenticeship, you will be able to demonstrate your commitment to the trade, and will possess entry-level skills for a plumbing apprenticeship. This program is also for individuals interested in other piping trades.

There is a strong demand for the services of licensed plumbers.

This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Additional program details: The program offers basic knowledge and skills similar to parts of the first year of an apprentice’s training. As a Preparatory Plumbing program graduate applying for an apprenticeship, you will be able to demonstrate your commitment to the plumbing trade. This program also is appropriate for individuals interested in a career in other piping trades such as sprinkler fitting, steamfitting or industrial pipefitting.

Aptitudes and skills important in the program are: good mechanical comprehension, spatial visualization, reading and math skills, physical strength, and the ability to work effectively with others.

After successful completion of this program, you should apply for an apprenticeship with the Milwaukee Area Plumbing Joint Apprenticeship committee. Candidates for apprenticeship are selected by the committee, and graduates of this program are given good consideration for placement in an apprenticeship, but placement is not guaranteed.



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Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
CIVIL-308 Computer Applications for the Trades 1
MATH-308 Math for Industrial Applications 1 ‡ 2
PLUMB-300 Plumbing Theory 1 3
PLUMB-301 Applied Drawing for Plumbers 1 2
PLUMB-302 Plumbing and Piping Shop 1 3
PLUMB-308 Plumbing and Pipe Joining Process 1 2

OSHA Safety/CPR for the Trades ‡


Workplace Communication
(or) ENG-195 Written Communication ‡

MCDESG-120 Basic AutoCAD 1
PLUMB-304 Plumbing Theory 2 ‡ 3
PLUMB-305 Plumbing and Pipe Joining Process 2 ‡ 2
PLUMB-306 Plumbing and Piping Shop 2 ‡ 3
PLUMB-309 Applied Drawing for Plumbers 2 ‡ 2

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.


Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Identify various piping materials and fittings
  • Utilize hand tools and power tools related to the trade
  • Follow directions related to the trade
  • Calculate various piping off set dimensions
  • Sketch and read simple plumbing systems drawings

Career Outlook

State law requires that only properly licensed plumbers be permitted to install and repair plumbing systems in dwellings, structures and businesses. These services are in demand. Contractors need plumbers for new construction, and to repair and remodel existing buildings. Licensed plumbers are thorough and skilled mechanics versed in the theory and practice of installing hot and cold water supplies, drainage, venting and plumbing appliances in accordance with the state plumbing code and local ordinances.

Possible Careers

Licensed Plumber
Plumbing Apprentice

Admission Requirements

  • Shop practice and drafting learned either in school or in an employment setting
  • Ability to drive and possession of a valid driver’s license



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Last updated: 03/25/2024