High School Diploma - Building Technology: Plumbing

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Are you interested in an education that could reward you with a high school diploma while preparing you for a career in a specific trade? You could reach this academic goal when you choose to study in Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Plumbing program. Read more about this diploma program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Once you have enrolled in Penn Foster's online High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Plumbing program, you will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of basic plumbing installations and repairs while completing a curriculum designed to satisfy high school diploma requirements. Concentration course topics include an overview of water supply systems, fittings, and fixtures, as well as plumbing theories and pipefitting techniques. You'll learn how to install faucets, tub fixtures, and valves, as well as plumbing appliances, such as dishwashers and hot water heaters. General education courses must also be completed in English and reading, math, science, social sciences, and health.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to entering Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Plumbing program, you should enjoy working with your hands, have an aptitude for math, and possess strong analytical and mechanical skills. As an applicant to Penn Foster High School, you must be at least 14 years old and have completed Grade 8.

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What Are the Course Requirements?

As a student of the High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Plumbing program, you will be required to complete a total of 21.5 credits. You will take 16 credits in general education courses, five credits in plumbing electives, and a half-credit orientation course. Course requirements could be different if you are transferring credits.

English and Reading

  • Basic English
  • Reading Skills
  • Practical English
  • Written Communication
  • Literature

Social Sciences

  • Human Relations
  • American History
  • World Geography
  • Civics

Science

  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Physical Science

Math

  • General Math
  • General Math II
  • Consumer Math

Health

  • Fitness and Nutrition

Plumbing Electives

  • Pipefitting, Water Supply Systems and Fixtures, Fittings, Valves, and Water Heating
  • Plumbing Systems and the Installation Process
  • Mathematics as it Pertains to Plumbing
  • Advanced Plumbing Theory and Techniques
  • Installation of Fixtures and Appliances

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Plumbing program is designed to help you prepare for a job as an apprentice plumber. You could be mentored by a master plumber and learn how to install piping, troubleshoot plumbing problems, and make repairs. You might also seek work in a plumbing supply warehouse.

Advanced Education

You could choose to further your studies after completing Penn Foster's High School Diploma in Building Technology with a Concentration in Plumbing program. Your plumbing electives are transferable to the Penn Foster Career School Plumber Career Diploma. Additionally, a few schools in the U.S. offer an Associate of Applied Science in Plumbing Technology. A two-year degree might be helpful for career advancement to supervisory positions in this field.

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