The Electrical/Plumbing Program is designed to prepare students to enter the career area as an apprentice or continue studies at the College level.


Apprentice plumber or electrician, Heating/Cooling Installation & Service, Wholesale or retail sales, Renewable Energy Technician, Building maintenance, Building construction.

What We Do

Classroom study and practical application at the school’s residential building project as well as other projects are combined with community service activities to offer a well-rounded experience.

Program Instructor

John Bixby

John Bixby has been at the Stafford Technical Center since the fall of 1995, as the Electrical/ Plumbing and Heating teacher. He received a degree in Fish and Wildlife Technology from SUNY Cobleskill in 1976 and has continued adding graduate credits. John started in the Building Mechanical field in 1978 working at all aspects of residential and commercial construction from plumbing, heating, HVAC-R, controls, residential wiring, solar energy, project supervision and Construction Project Management. John holds a VT Master Plumber’s License, Silver oil burner certificate, Universal refrigeration certificate, OSHA outreach instructor certification, and State of VT Construction and Architecture teacher’s license with endorsements in Electrical and Plumbing/Heating. John is also a VT State Plumbing apprentice teacher through Vermont Technical College.
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Evan Bathalon, Class of 2010

I chose to come to STC because it’s a good experience to see what careers you would like to pursue. Because I was able to determine what career I wanted to pursue, I was able to become a master plumber.


Program Advisory Committee

Name Business
Dick Densmore Needham Electric
Lee Turner F.W. Webb  Cold Rver Rd, Rutland, VT
Jeff McGee Vt Heating and Ventilation
Ira Simpson Fyles Heating
Dan Kellogg Stubbins Electric
Hans Stoneberg Stonberg P&H
Gerald Coursey CDP Electric

Dual Enrollment/College Credit

Articulation agreement with SUNY Delhi


US Dept. of Labor (OSHA) 10 hour Construction Safety Certification, American Heart Association HeartSaver® First Aid/CPR with AED, EPA Refrigeration Certificate, Students completing 90% of the Core Competencies will receive a certificate from Stafford Technical Center.

Average Career Salaries

Jobs Average Salary
Building Maintenance $25,610
Renewable Energy Technician $77,040
Wholesale/Retail Sales $59,620
Heating/Cooling Installation & Service $50,000
Plumber $50,620
Electrician $51,880

*Average Salaries taken from the Department of Labor (dol.gov) and Payscale (payscale.com).


Requirements For This Program

Recommended Prerequisites: add, subtract, multiply, divide whole numbers; understand and work with fractions; basic customary and metric measuring skills; able to read a tape measure; ability to perform physical labor on the job site and in classroom; competency with fine and gross motor skills
Reading Level of course materials: Grade 13.3 (Electrical Wiring) Certifications: OSHA Construction Safety Certification; can lead directly to VT Apprenticeship courses offered at Stafford; 400 hours practical experience toward apprenticeship