LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering Electrical and Plumbing Apprenticeship Classes starting on Monday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 11.
The classes will meet on two nights per week from 6-9 p.m. for a total of six classroom hours of instruction per week, explained Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director. All classes are held at Laconia High School. This is a four year program and years I - IV are offered in the Electrical and Plumbing trades.
The Electrical and Plumbing Apprenticeship classes are the pre-requisites required for anyone desiring to become a licensed electrician or plumber in the state of New Hampshire. In order to become eligible to take the Journeymen's Exam, an apprentice must have completed 8,000 hours of "on-the-job" training and 600 hours of related classroom instruction over a four year period in a state approved program. There is a charge for these classes of $975 per year and the books are included in this fee.
The Electrician's "on-the-job" training involves planning layouts, installing and repairing wiring and electrical fixtures, apparatus and control equipment. The apprentice measures, cuts, bends, threads, assembles, and installs electrical conduit using tools, splicing wires by stripping insulation from terminal leads, soldering wires, connecting power cables to equipment, testing continuity of circuit to ensure electrical capability and safety, and learning the electrical codes.
The Plumber's "on-the-job" training covers but is not limited to assembling, installing, and repairing pipes, fittings and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems according to specifications and plumbing codes. Learning how to read blueprints and plans to determine work required and sequence of installations. Pipe bending and fittings, valve installations, working with glass, plastic, steel, brass and welding, in addition to installing and repairing plumbing fixtures, replacing washers in leaky faucets, fixing burst pipes and opening clogged drains..
For more information call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 or stop by the Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School.