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New Plumbing Class Highlights Different Career Options

Plumbing may lack glamour, but earning potential is big.


Plumbing may not be the most glamorous career, but it has great potential for employment opportunities and earning potential. That’s the premise behind the new plumbing class offered by the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District Regional Occupational Program.


ROP class offerings are driven by the opportunities for employment offered to students who complete the career-oriented classes, and the availability of a highly qualified teacher ready to take on the class. Plumber’s Assistant, Repair and New Construction met the criteria on both fronts.


Instructor Ray Thornton is a project manager with the local Kennco Plumbing, Inc., and is co-author of the book which will be used in the course. The book is recognized across the nation as one of the most comprehensive texts for the plumbing industry.


Thornton also has 10 years of experience as an ROP instructor in Orange County and has been directly involved with ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors),


The class meets at Saugus High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. The program includes 180 hours of classroom instruction, starting on Aug. 19   The curriculum will introduce students to construction math, use of hand and power tools, interpretation of blueprints, basic rigging and basis communications and employability skills. Students who complete the class should have the basic skills to obtain entry-level employment in the plumbing field, or the course could be used to provide some practical knowledge leading up to higher education in any number of construction industry careers.


”Students are not always aware of the opportunities in various employment areas, not to mention their own potential skill sets and talents,” explained Ron Rudzinski, coordinator of Career Technical Education for the Hart District. “Courses offered through Regional Occupational Programs (ROP) are one way to explore these.”


This latest addition to ROP is part of a plan to bring Construction Trade Training to the high school level in Santa Clarita. 


The new Plumber’s Assistant class is available to high school students 16 years and older without charge and to adults on a space-available basis at nominal charge. Registration information can be obtained by contacting ROP advisors at any Hart District high school, checking online at, or calling 259-0033, extension 234.

New Plumbing Class Highlights Different Career Options

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