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Southeastern Technical Institute welcomes 2018 with the start of two new post-secondary programs: Electricity and Plumbing. The 10-month programs are designed to give novices in-depth and hands-on learning experiences leading to an entry-level position in the industry. STI is the first post-secondary school in the Commonwealth to offer a Chapter 74 post-secondary Electricity Program. Plumbing is offered as a Non-Chapter 74 Program due to State Board Licensing Regulations.

In both industries, tradesmen are worried that the large number of retirees in the next few years will result in a critical shortage of skilled workers. Growing housing markets and green building regulations will also boost demand for each field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters is projected to grow 16% from 2016 to 2026, and at least 9% for electricians.

January 2nd was the first day of school for the first class of the Electricity Program. These students will obtain the necessary training and hone their skills to compete in this competitive job market. Students graduate with 400 hours of practical working experience towards their Journeyman’s license. They also earn 300 hours towards fulfillment of the 600 required hours of education by the Massachusetts Board of Electrical Examiners for Journeyman Electricians.

Plumbing students begin school in February. The course of study will teach plumbing students the ins and outs of plumbing systems and best practices for a solid foundation to grow in the industry. Upon graduation from STI’s Plumbing Program, students will enroll in the Plumbing Tier 1 Apprenticeship Program free of charge, and will continue their education and work experience as required by the Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters.

Superintendent Luis Lopes said, “Careers in Electricity and Plumbing are in high demand.  At the high school level, those programs always have a waiting list.  I am excited about the expansion of these programs into the Post-Secondary Level which will bring an affordable option to high school graduates looking to enter into these sought after career opportunities.”