Plumbing, Heating & HVAC Program
at Franklin County Tech works hard to stay current and responsive to the needs of the county and changes in career expectations.
Our Plumbing, Heating & HVAC Program
is a multi-faceted program designed prepare students for a number of career paths.
With Franklin County
loaded with older housing stock and small plumbing businesses, our plumbing program seeks to graduate more diversely skilled students to fill the needs of our community.
The Plumbing, Heating and HVAC program develops student skills for eventual entry-level career opportunities upon graduation. Safety is of paramount importance and students begin their training with a strong foundation of safety measures and build upon those critical skills for plumbing-heating employment.

"Plumbing requires not only highly technical knowledge and skill, but also an understanding of the Massachusetts State Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code."

About Plumbing & Heating

Our Instructors

The Plumbing & Heating Instructors are developing a top quality program that is current with the needs of the business community, driven to best serve the educational experience of students, and guided by the Massachusetts frameworks.

Curriculum

The plumbing-heating program develops student skills for eventual entry-level career opportunities upon graduation. Safety is of paramount importance and students begin their training with a strong foundation of safety measures and build upon those critical skills for plumbing-heating employment. The program is an advanced hybrid of accredited plumbing instruction with heating, cooling and ventilation fundamentals. Students are exposed to renewable technology and energy efficiency and understand their working relationships with existing residential and commercial equipment. Upon graduation from this program, students prepare to obtain a license from the Massachusetts State Board of Examiners for Plumbers and Gas Fitters.

Projects

FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so much more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Trade programs have large shops filled with the same tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades. As a true extension of the classroom, authentic plumbing/heating projects are critically important to the learning environment. FCTS property projects, along with projects for municipal and non-profit groups, offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! You can demonstrate and practice a skill but there is nothing like using those skills for real, under the direction of your instructor The Habitat for Humanity house project is a key training opportunity for the plumbing/heating students.

Requests for FCTS plumbing/heating work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, you can contact John Carey , Director of Curriculum & Instruction, to find out more about FCTS plumbing/heating work (this applies to our other shop areas as well.)

Plumbing & Heating Customer Work: FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so much more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Trade programs have large shops filled with the same tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades. As a true extension of the classroom, authentic automotive projects are critically important to the learning environment. Occasional projects from municipal and non-profit groups offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! Requests for FCTS business work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. If you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, you can contact Jocelyn Croft, Director of Vocational Curriculum.

Plumbing & Heating Instructors

Holland Herzig
Holland Herzig Technical Instructor
Short bio goes here.
John Hicks
John Hicks Technical Instructor
Short bio goes here.



"The word 'plumber' dates all the way back to ancient Rome, where pipes were made from lead, or 'plumbum' in Latin. Those who worked with lead were called 'Plumbarius,'' which was shortened to what we use today."

About the Program

Freshman Exploratory Gallery

Skills Required for Success

  • o    Algebra and Geometry
  • o    Chemistry
  • o    Physics
  • o    Technology
  • o    Entrepreneurship
  • o    Problem Solving
  • o    Technical Reading
  • o    Good eye - hand coordination
  • o    Ability to lift tools and equipment
  • o    Ability to climb and work from ladders
  • o    Good communication skills
  • o    Ability to work well with others
Career Opportunities

Future Career Opportunities

  • o    Plumbing Technician
  • o    Licensed Journeyman Plumber
  • o    Licensed Master Plumber
  • o    Plumbing and Heating Contractor
  • o    Certified Water Specialist
  • o    Air Conditioning Installer
  • o    Indoor Air Quality Specialist
  • o    Oil Burner Service Technician
  • o    Appliance Repair Technician
  • o    HVAC Sales Rep
  • o    Plant Manager
  • o    Pipefitter


The Plumbing & Heating Program is uniquely designed.

It features both shop and external jobsite learning opportunities. Students master the installation and repair of water, waste, gas and heating systems in both residential homes and commercial buildings.

Plumbing students can earn hours toward a lucrative career.

Students can earn up to 1,700 apprenticeship hours and 330 classroom instruction hours toward their Journeyman's plumbing license requirements.

Continuing Education and Articulation agreements

Plumbing students may take advantage of articulation agreements exist with area Community colleges like Greenfield and Wachusett, where they may receive credit for coursework already completed at Tech.

"Albert Einstein was named an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after saying publicly that he would become a plumber if he had to do it all over again."

Plumbing & Heating Spotlight

"Copper piping, which is the #1 material used for plumbing work in today-s world, is the same material that the Egyptians used to lay their own pipe - some 3000 years ago."

Plumbing & Heating News

Career Outlook in Plumbing, Heating and HVAC

All it takes is one lousy morning with no running water (or a clogged sink or phantom-flushing toilet) to remind us how dependent we are on the expertise of plumbers. But troubleshooting is just a sliver of their responsibilities. Read Story

"This program provides hands-on job experience to instruct students in the basic skills needed to gain entry level employment as a Plumbing Apprentice."

Plumbing & Heating Videos

American Graduate: Franklin County Tech | Connecting Point | Dec. 17, 2014

Connecting Point contributor Carolee McGrath profiles a technical school in Franklin County that’s helping kids find what they’re passionate about and turning that into a career after graduation. We profile the machine technology department that’s placing grads into high paying jobs. Many of these students have continued on to college pursuing engineering degrees — but they admit they might not have stayed in school if wasn’t for the hands education they received.

Promotional Video for FCTS

A commercial spot created by Graduate Adam Jaillet for his Senior Capstone project. "Soar with the eagles today..."