Plumbing/Mechanical Systems Technology

Plumbing/Mechanical Systems Technology

Career Opportunities
Your career opportunities include working for contractors as a plumbing apprentice. To earn a Jouneyman’s license you must complete seventy-six hundred hours of plumbing experience. Southeast Tech’s program will qualify you for nineteen hundred hours or one year of training. The region’s leading employers are seeking out our graduates!
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Award Types: 1-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 36 (Diploma)


Do you enjoy working with your hands in a casual environment? Are you looking for a career in the trades with incredible growth and opportunity? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just one year with a Mechanical Systems/Plumbing Technology diploma. As a plumber, you’ll work on residential and commercial projects including new installations as well as service calls to repair existing systems. You’ll learn plumbing codes, plumbing theory and experience significant hands-on laboratory experiences including blueprint reading, materials planning and utilization, tool usage and pipe joining methods. 

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This diploma is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, meaning you can purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.



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Award Types: 1-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 36 (Diploma)


Vince Berry
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Vince Berry began teaching at Southeast Tech in 2013. Prior to that he worked in the plumbing field as a Project Foreman for 25 years.

Vince has always enjoyed teaching. For many years he taught night classes for several local plumbing contractors. He is a 1980 graduate from Washington High in Sioux Falls. He furthered his studies earning a diploma from Southeast Tech in HVAC in 1982. Vince has plumbing licenses in the states of South Dakota, Minnesota, and the City of Sioux Falls.

In his off time he enjoys spending time with his family, sports, hunting, camping and golf.

Education: Diploma, Southeast Tech





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