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Plumbing & Heating Engineering

Learn a Trade with Fantastic Career Potential

The plumbing and heating industry forms an integral part of the construction and property maintenance sectors, not only in the UK but around the world.

Every single building that has human habitation has plumbing and heating systems contained within them. In the UK there are over 23 million homes and 2 million commercial and public buildings, and that means that there is, and always will be, a high demand for qualified plumbing professionals.

Our plumbing and heating engineering courses at East Durham College are designed to give you the theoretical and practical skills needed to start becoming a professional plumber.

Whether you want to start your own business fitting bathrooms suites or repairing and maintaining plumbing systems or working on construction sites installing plumbing and heating systems in new build properties or working in the commercial plumbing sector installing and maintaining large and complex plumbing and heating systems in offices, shops and public buildings, our courses provide the gateway to your future career as a professional plumbing and heating engineer.

Why not check out plumbing and heating engineering at EDC for yourself by watching our video?

BPEC Approved Centre

As a BPEC approved centre, East Durham College’s plumbing and heating engineering courses ran at The Technical Academy are officially accredited as part of the UK’s leading network of quality education and training providers in the plumbing, heating and gas and wider energy sectors. So, you can rest assured you are getting a top quality training experience with us.

The college's plumbing and heating engineering workshop also includes a brand new building services engineering and renewable energy suite, ensuring learners on this course get access to the latest equipment and facilities to be up-to-speed with changes coming in the renewable energy sector.


The Technical Academy

East Durham College's plumbing and heating engineering courses take place at the Technical Academy, found on the South West Industrial Estate in Peterlee.

The Technical Academy is East Durham College's specialist training facility for trades just like plumbing and heating.

It was designed to simulate a realistic working environment for our students, where they can get to grips with life in plumbing with all of the facilities, tools and training they need.

Our plumbing and heating workshop includes dedicated training bays with customisable setups depending on the element of the course you're studying. We also work closely with leading boiler engineering firm Baxi, and have a dedicated training facility which houses a wide variety of Baxi boilers.

Learn From the Best

Your training and future career is of vital importance to us as a college - that's why we employ experienced tradesmen as your lecturers.

With first-hand experience of working in the plumbing and heating engineering industry, our lecturers have lived and breathed this world for a long time, and pass on this knowledge on a daily basis to students at the Technical Academy.

Their experienced, expert approach brings students up to the right levels of technical skill - and ensures that those skills are applied in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

The Technical Academy is continually building important partnerships with leading construction companies, such as Baxi, CTD, Keepmoat and Kier. These partners play a vital role in ensuring that we provide the best training, using the latest products.

Our mission is to turn out confident learners with the highly-accomplished trade skills that the construction industry and today’s employers demand.

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