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Find the perfect fit for your skills!

Find the perfect fit for your skills!

Plumbers and Pipefitters are both highly trained professionals able to work in residential, commercial, and industrial locations.

The Difference Between a Plumber and a Pipefitter

Plumbers install and repair water, drainage, gas, and other piping systems in homes, businesses, and factories. Plumbers install plumbing fixtures such as bathtubs or toilets and appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters. Plumbers also maintain septic systems.


Pipefitters, sometimes called fitters, install and maintain pipes that carry chemicals, acids, and gases. The pipes are used mostly in manufacturing, commercial, and industrial settings. Fitters install and repair pipe systems in power plants as well as heating and cooling systems in large office buildings. Some pipe-fitters go on to specialize as gas-fitters, sprinkler fitters, or steamfitters.

Career Technical Skills

  • Residential & commercial plumbing code

  • Hot water heater installation

  • Sizing & installing water and gas piping

  • Draining wastes and vents (DWV)

  • Blueprint reading

  • Drain cleaning

  • Valve & fixture repair

  • MIG & stick welding

  • Construction site equipment operation

Industry Recognized credentials

  • OSHA 10 Certification

  • EPA 608 Core Level 1

  • CPR Certification

  • Manlift Operation

  • Forklift Operation

Possible future

  • Plumber (Residential or Commercial)

  • Pipefitter

  • Steam Fitter

  • Sprinkler Fitter

  • Construction

  • Welder

  • HVAC

Other Plumbing & Pipefitting Program Details


PLCC Plumbing & Pipefitting is a full time program for high school juniors and seniors. Students will have the opportunity to visit and apply during the sophomore year.  Class size is limited to 20 students.

Scope, Sequence, & Curriculum

The Scope, Sequence, and Curriculum document is updated annually with input and ultimate approval from the program’s Advisory Committee of industry professionals.  This document contains detailed information about all that the program has to offer its students including the program goals, program alignment with state curriculum standards, a detailed description of each course taught within the program, program grading scale, industry credentials, and college credit opportunities specific to the program, and the program teacher’s own notes and input.

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Program Fees


College Credit Potential

All programs at PLCC have the potential for either direct articulated credits at select colleges and/or universities or are able to acquire college credits through career technical assurance guides (CTAGs) in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

On The Job Training

During the senior year, students who have met the requirements and have received a recommendation by their program instructor, have the opportunity to go on School-to-Work Job Placement.  We work with our students and local employers to place them in a job that is related to their program of study, giving them real-life experience while simultaneously earning school credit.


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Schedule a Tour

We take pride in our facility and welcome the opportunity to show it off!  You would never buy a car without looking at it first.  Choosing the place to give you a head start on a successful path in life should be no different.  We invite you to schedule a tour of our beautiful campus.  We’re pretty sure you’ll be impressed!

If you are a high school student, please note that you will have several opportunities to visit PLCC during your sophomore year.

Once we receive your request, a PLCC staff member will follow up directly. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Portage Lakes Career Center is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. Visitors should contact the Main Office at 330-896-8200 prior to arrival for parking instructions and other information.