Wondering how to become a plumber? Ranken provides hands-on training in our plumbing technology program.

Does plumbing school sound right for you?

Plumbing (3)You’re mechanically inclined, and you like physical, hands-on work. At the end of the day, you like being able to see what you’ve accomplished.

You are dependable. When you say you’re going to be somewhere, you’ll be there – and you’ll be there early.

You listen and communicate well. You understand what a person means when they describe a problem, and you can explain possible solutions clearly.

Does this sound like you? If so, plumbing school at Ranken could be the path to a successful and rewarding career.

Plumbers are responsible for installing and maintaining piping systems in residential and commercial locations. Our plumbing school graduates enter the plumbing field in a variety of roles.

Ranken isn’t just any plumbing school. Our nine-month Plumbing Technology program is based on hands-on, real-world experiences. You’ll work to install the necessary plumbing components at a residential job site, giving you real life training – from ground up to final inspections.

Why choose Ranken for plumbing training?

Plumbing (5)Life and good health in any community depend on an ample supply of clean water and the ability to share and maintain this valuable resource.

To meet this need, Ranken offers a nine-month certificate program in Plumbing Technology. You will learn to install, maintain and repair residential plumbing systems.

Our program is highly regarded in the St. Louis regional plumbing community and is one of the four original programs offered by Ranken since 1907.

You’ll get hands on training learning how to become a plumber through Ranken’s Community Development Corporation (RCDC). You will work on a real residential job site to install the necessary plumbing components.

Randy S. Alexander

Adjunct Instructor, Evening School

David E. Munie

Department Chair and Instructor, Full Time

Learn how to become a plumber from the experienced instructors in Ranken’s plumbing technology program. Plumbing Technology students become proficient in:

  • General electricity principles
  • Pipefitting
  • Hot and cold water systems
  • Sanitary drainage systems
  • Industry tools and new technologies
  • Venting

In addition, the program curriculum includes studies of related industries, including surveying, domestic hydronic heating systems, boiler and steam fundamentals and basic computer skills.

Students also enroll in the plumbing program to gain industry knowledge and experience before entering a professional apprenticeship program.