Male plumbing and gas student working on copper piping at East Durham College's Technical Academy

Plumbing & Heating Engineering

With demand everywhere for skilled plumbers and heating engineers, getting your start in this exciting, rewarding industry with East Durham College is always a fantastic idea.

Choose your Course

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.

Watch Our Plumbing & Heating Engineering Video

Hear from real students what they think about our plumbing and heating engineering courses, and see for yourself our fantastic facilities in this video.

Study at the Technical Academy, Our State-of-the-Art Facility

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 customiseable 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. 

Choose Your Course

For general full time or part time course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

To see full details on each of our plumbing and gas courses, run at The Technical Academy in Peterlee, County Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full time and/or part time course(s) for 2020/21 listed below:

The full time and/or part time courses listed below are for the academic year 2020/21. All full time courses start September 2020. For any part time courses, please check in the individual course page for their start date during 2020/21.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in plumbing. heating and ventilation engineering services, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website