Plumbing Apprenticeship

What IS THE Plumbing Apprenticeship Program (ARPAO)?

The Plumbing Apprenticeship program prepares students to become licensed plumbers. All instructors are licensed journeyman or master plumbers. Courses include lecture and hands-on lab instruction under close supervision of the instructors. After completing the Plumbing Apprenticeship program and the required on-the-job training period (four years verifiable experience), the student may apply to take the examination for the Journeyman's Plumbing License administered by the City of Omaha.

Metropolitan Community College's Plumbing Apprenticeship program is divided into four years with first, second and third years consisting of three quarters and the fourth year consisting of two quarters. Courses are offered in the evening.

It is highly recommended that work experience and the apprenticeship program be done concurrently.

Is it for you?

If you have a strong work ethic, enjoy hands-on work and the ability to work as a team member, this program is for you.

Jobs and Salary Expectations

It is highly recommended that work experience and the apprenticeship program be done concurrently. Below is a current occupation profile.

Plumbing Occupational Profile

Program Faculty

Program Descriptions

  • Plumbing IA - This course is an introduction to the plumbing trade for plumbing apprentices. The course will cover the history of plumbing along with the commonly used materials, tools and equipment. The apprentice will also be introduced to math used in plumbing trade. Prerequisite - None
  • Plumbing IB - This course is a continuation of the introductory material covered in Plumbing IA. The apprentice will continue working on math for the plumbing trade. Prerequisite - Plumbing IA
  • Plumbing IC - This course is a continuation of basic math and plumber's math. Students will become familiar with product information. Prerequisite - Plumbing IB
  • Plumbing IIA - This course will cover the sizing and design of water, waste and vent systems in residential applications using MUD and Omaha Plumbing Code rules. The student will become familiar with residential blueprints and isometric drawings used in residential applications. Prerequisite - Plumbing IC
  • Plumbing IIB - This course will provide a better understanding of the Omaha Plumbing Code and using the knowledge acquired, apply the code requirements to field work and lab projects. The student will also continue gaining proficiency using plumbing math. Prerequisite - Plumbing IIA
  • Plumbing IIC - This course will cover customer service along with troubleshooting and repair of residential plumbing systems. Water, closet, faucet, water heater and water conditioning systems will be covered. Proper operation of drain cleaning machines and cameras will be included. Prerequisite - Plumbing IIB
  • Plumbing IIIA - This course will develop the students proficiency in the use of the Omaha Plumbing Code. The course will continue with the design and installation of grain, waste and vent systems, water supply systems and storm drainage systems. The student should also gain a working knowledge of the differences between the Omaha Plumbing Code and the Uniform Plumbing Code. Prerequisite - Plumbing IIC
  • Plumbing IIIB - This course will cover the design and installation of public and private sewage systems, medical gas piping systems and irrigation systems. The course will also cover MUD regulations for water, gas and vent piping systems for gas appliances. Prerequisite - Plumbing IIIA
  • Plumbing IIIC - This course is designed to help a plumbing apprentice gain the basic knowledge needed to read blueprints, create shop drawings and make isometric illustrations of a plumbing system. Prerequisite - Plumbing IIIB
  • Plumbing IVA - This course will continue with the interpretation and application of the Omaha Plumbing Code in the design of plumbing systems. The course will cover installation procedures for various plumbing systems, including water conditioning and swimming pools. Commercial blueprints will also be covered. Prerequisite - Plumbing IIIC
  • Plumbing IVB - This course will review the Omaha Plumbing Code, job site safety and math skills required for the plumbing trade. Through review and application of classroom knowledge, the apprentice should be prepared to successfully take the journeyman plumber's test. Prerequisite - Plumbing IVA
  • Apprentice-related associate degree program

Pre-Apprenticeship Plumbing Program

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Credit Classes and Registration

Gainful Employment Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "Prepares students for Gainful Employment in a recognized occupation." The following are Gainful Employment program(s), meaning they are certificate program(s) that are intended to lead directly to employment. We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

Plumbing Apprenticeship - Pre-Apprenticeship Plumbing (ARPCE) - Certificate of Achievement
Plumbing Apprenticeship - Plumbing Fundamentals (PLFCC) - Certificate of Achievement