What is a Plumber? Pipefitter? HVAC/R Service Technician?
A plumber is a skilled craftsperson who installs pipe, valves, fittings and fixtures for the distribution of drinking water, sanitary waste, storm water, natural gas and medical gases. They are responsible for layout, fabrication and installation of these systems utilizing coordinated drawings, blue prints and specifications. The systems are installed in every industrial, commercial, or residential facility in this country. Examples include healthcare facilities, research laboratories, manufacturing facilities, food processing plants, universities, and primary education facilities. This program will result in the individual being issued a City of Cincinnati Plumbing license and a combination of the following licenses: State of Kentucky Plumbing license, State of Indiana Plumbing license, backflow testing, welding certification, and medical gas certification.
A pipe fitter is a skilled craftsperson and certified welder who installs many varieties of piping systems. They layout, fabricate, and assemble pipes from drawings, blueprints, and specifications. They thoroughly test the piping systems for proper operation. Pipe fitters install and service sophisticated equipment, state-of-the-art controls and piping systems for power generation, pharmaceutical manufacturing, food processing and refrigeration, petroleum refinery, and chemical and petrochemical processing. They complete environmental control systems in schools, hospitals, hotels, motels, airports, malls, high-rise offices, and apartment buildings.
HVAC/R Service Technician
The HVAC/R Service Technician/ Mechanical Equipment Service Person is a skilled craftsperson who installs, services, and repairs industrial and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment according to blueprints and engineering specifications. They connect motors, compressors, temperature controls, humidity controls, and circulating-ventilating fans to control panels. The service tech is responsible for maintaining numerous pieces of equipment, diagnosing problems, and taking corrective action when necessary.