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The Trades: Plumbing

The plumbing trade requires professionals to be familiar with local ordinances and regulations, mechanical and architectural drawings, mathematics and physics while also possessing the ability to assemble all types of plumbing and piping systems. In this craft, students will understand the different types of plumbing codes as well as receive intense instruction in safety, plumbing materials, theory, installation, maintenance, and several other areas consistent with the plumbing trade.

Future career paths for this trade could include Estimator, Inspector, Trade Instructor, Distribution Manager, Project Manager or Foreman. 


See Also: All / Electrical / HVAC / Sheet Metal

 

 

Degree Information

Length of Apprenticeship: 4 years
On-the-job Training: 8,000 Hours
Hours: Apprentices are required to attend 576 hours of related technical instruction during their apprenticeship. Institute (day) classes are held 1 week a month for 3 months, October through December or February through April. Instruction involves classroom, hands-on and online training totaling 152 hours per session.

 


Trade Curriculum

  • LEVEL 1:

    .........OSHA 10- Hour Safety
    .........Basic Safety
    .........Introduction to Construction Math
    .........Introduction to Hand Tools
    .........Introduction to Power Tools
    .........Introduction to Construction Drawings
    .........Basic Communication Skills
    .........Basic Employ-ability Skills
    .........Introduction to the Plumbing Profession
    .........Plumbing Safety
    .........Tools of the Plumbing Trade
    .........Introduction to Plumbing Math
    .........Introduction to Plumbing Drawings
    .........Plastic Pipe and Fittings
    .........Copper Pipe and Fittings
    .........Cast-iron Pipe and Fittings
    .........Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings
    .........Introduction to Plumbing Fixtures
    .........Introduction to Drain, Waste and Vent (DWV) Systems
    .........Introduction to Water Distribution Systems

  • LEVEL 2:

    .........Plumbing Math II
    .........Reading Commercial Drawings
    .........Structural Penetrations, Insulation and Fire Stopping
    .........Installing and Testing DWV Piping
    .........Installing Roof, Floor, and Area Drains
    .........Types of Values
    .........Installing and Testing Water Supply Piping
    .........Installing Fixtures and Valves
    .........Basic Electricity
    .........Installing Water Heaters
    .........Fuel Gas Systems

  • LEVEL 3:

    .........Applied Math
    .........Sizing and Protecting the Water Supply System
    .........Potable Water Supply Treatment
    .........Types of Venting
    .........Sizing DWV and Storm Systems
    .........Sewage Pumps and Sump Pumps
    .........Corrosive-Resistant Waste Piping
    .........Compressed Air
    .........Service Plumbing

  • LEVEL 4:

    .........Business Principles for Plumbers
    .........Fundamentals of Crew Leadership
    .........Water Pressure Booster & Recirculation Systems
    .........Indirect and Special Waste
    .........Hydronic and Solar Heating Systems
    .........Codes
    .........Private Water Supply Systems
    .........Private Waste-Disposal Systems
    .........Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs
    .........Plumbing for Mobile Homes and Travel Trailers
    .........Introduction to Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems


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