Plumbers protect the health, safety, and comfort of the nation. Plumbers who are well trained are able to install safe and efficient plumbing systems, which reduce the spread of disease and improve sanitation. Successful plumbers develop the skills and knowledge they need to carry out a wide range of tasks. They must also develop professional work habits; convey a positive, cooperative attitude; and practice good safety habits every day.
Plumbers must also have critical thinking skills and a firm grasp of mathematics. Plumbing apprenticeship programs ensure that trainees are able to perform job-related tasks safely.
Plumbing apprentices are able to choose from multiple career paths. Skills, interests, and the ability to obtain the right training and remain apprised of industry developments will dictate how far a plumber can progress in the trade. Whatever path is chosen, plumbers should never take chances with their own safety or the safety of others, always demonstrate professionalism, and adhere to relevant codes.
All of the aforementioned topics will be discussed over the next four years in this comprehensive Plumbing Program.
Plumbing – Level 1
175 Hours (including 72.5 Core) Standardized
02101-05 Introduction to the Plumbing Profession (5 Hours)
Introduces trainees to the many career potions available in today’s plumbing profession. Provides a history of plumbing and also discusses the current technology, industries, and associations that make up the modern plumbing profession. Also review human relations and safety skills.
02102-05 Plumbing Safety (20 Hours)
Discusses the causes of accidents and their consequences and repercussions in terms of delays, increased expenses, injury, and loss of life. Review the types and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Instructs trainees in the use of critical safety information conveyed in hazard communication (HazCom), safety signs, signals, lockout/tagout, and emergency response. Covers confined-space safety, and review safety issues related to hand and power tools.
02103-05 Plumbing Tools (7.5 Hours)
Instructs trainees in the care and use of the different types of hand and power tools they will use on the job. Give trainees the information they need to select the appropriate tools for different tasks, and review tool maintenance and safety issues.
02104-05 Introduction to Plumbing Math (7.5 Hours)
Reviews basic math concepts, such as whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and squares, and demonstrates how they apply to on the job situations. Teaches trainees how to measure pipe using fitting tables and framing squares and how to calculate 45-degree offsets.
02105-05 Introduction to Plumbing Drawings (12.5 Hours)
Introduces trainees to the different types of plumbing drawings they will encounter on the job and discusses how to interpret and apply them when laying out and installing plumbing systems. Discusses the symbols used in plumbing and mechanical drawings and review isometric, oblique, orthographic, as well as schematic drawings. Requires trainees to render plumbing drawings and to recognize how code requirements apply to plumbing drawings.
02106-05 Plastic Pipe and Fittings (10 Hours)
Introduces trainees to the different types of plastic pipe and fittings used in plumbing applications, including ABS, PVC, CPVC, PE, PEX, and PB. Describes how to measure, cut, join, and support plastic pipe according to manufacturer’s instructions and applicable codes. Also discusses pressure testing of plastic pipe once installed.
02107-05 Copper Pipe and Fittings (10 Hours)
Discusses sizing, labeling, and applications of copper pipe and fittings and reviews the types of valves that can be used on copper pipe systems. Explains proper methods for cutting, joining, and installing copper pipe. Also addresses insulation, pressure testing, seismic codes, and handling and storage requirements.
02108-05 Cast-Iron Pipe and Fittings (12.5 Hours)
Introduces trainees to hub-and-spigot and no-hub cast-iron pipe and fittings and their applications in DWV systems. Reviews material properties, storage and handling requirements, and fittings and valves. Covers joining methods, installation, and testing.
02109-05 Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings (10 Hours)
Discusses threading, labeling, and sizing of carbon steel pipe and review the difference between domestic and imported pipe. Also covers the proper techniques for measuring, cutting, threading, joining, and hanging carbon steel pipe.
02110-05 Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (2.5 Hours)
Reviews flexible plastic-coated steel tubing. Discuses piping system components and the various connection and installation options. Also review applicable safety and code requirements.
02111-05 Fixtures and Faucets (5 Hours)
Discusses the proper applications of code-approved fixtures and faucets and plumbing installations. Reviews the different types of fixtures and faucets and the materials used in them. Also covers storage, handling and code requirements.
02212-05 Introduction to Drain, Waste, and Vent (DWV) Systems (10 Hours)
Explains how DWV systems remove waste safely and effectively. Discusses how system components, such as pipe, drains, traps, and vents, work. Reviews drain and vent sizing, grade, and waste treatment. Also discusses how building sewers and sewer drains connect the DWV system to the public sewer system.
02113-05 Introduction to Water Distribution Systems (10 Hours)
Identifies the major components of water distribution systems and describes their functions. Reviews water sources and treatment methods and covers supply and distribution for the different types of systems that trainees will install on the job.
Plumbing – Level 2
145 Hours Standardized
02201-05 Plumbing Math Two (15 Hours)
Explains the Pythagorean theorem and reviews methods for finding angles. Discusses the techniques used to calculate simple and rolling offsets on parallel runs of pipe.
02202-05 Reading Commercial Drawings (20 Hours)
Teaches trainees how to interpret and use civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical drawings when installing plumbing systems. Covers how to create and use isometric drawings, material takeoffs, and approved submittal data.
02203-05 Hangers, Supports, Structural Penetrations, and Fire Stopping (10 Hours)
Introduces trainees to methods for attaching and running DWV and water supply piping in relation to structural elements, including pipe hangers and supports, modifications to structural members, and fire-stopping.
02204-05 Installing and Testing DWV Piping (25 Hours)
Explains how to locate, install, connect, and test a complete drain, waste, and vent DWV system.
02205-05 Installing Roof, Floor, and Area Drains (5 Hours)
Covers the proper techniques for locating, installing, and connecting roof, floor, and area drains according to code. Also discusses waterproof membranes and flashing, drain components, and proper drain applications.
02206-05 Types of Valves (5 Hours)
Reviews the many types of valves, their components, and valve applications. Also covers valve repair and replacement.
02207-05 Installing and Testing Water Supply Piping (20 Hours)
Explores the proper techniques for locating, installing, and testing complete water supply systems, including piping, meters, water heaters, water softeners, and hose bibs. Review common code requirements for water supply systems.
02208-05 Installing Fixtures, Valves, and Faucets (20 Hours)
Covers the installation of basic plumbing fixtures, including bathtubs, shower stalls, lavatories, sinks, water closets, and urinals. Also reviews the installation of associated valves, faucets, and components.
02209-05 Introduction to Electricity (15 Hours)
Introduces trainees to the principles of electricity, including voltage, current, resistance, and power. Includes important electrical formulas, circuitry, and common plumbing-related electrical applications.
02210-05 Installing Water Heaters (5 Hours)
Discusses gas-fired, electric, solar, instantaneous, and indirect water heaters, components, and applications. Review proper installation and testing techniques and covers the latest federal guidelines that apply to water heaters.
02211-05 Fuel Gas Systems (20 Hours)
Introduces the techniques for safe handling of natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, and fuel oil. Reviews fuel gas, and fuel oil applications, systems installation, and testing.
02212-05 Servicing of Fixtures, Valves, and Faucets (5 Hours)
Covers the troubleshooting and repair of fixtures, valves, and faucets in accordance with code and safety guidelines.
Plumbing – Level 3
152.5 Hours Standardized
02301-06 Applied Math (17.5 Hours)
Introduces trainees to math concepts they will use on the job, including weights and measures, area and volume, temperature, pressure, and force. Also review the six simple machines: inclined planes, levers, pulleys, wedges, screws and wheels and axles.
02302-06 Sizing Water Supply Piping (17.5 Hours)
Teaches techniques for sizing water supply systems, including calculating system requirements and demand, developed lengths, and pressure drops. Also review the factors that can reduce efficiency of water supply piping.
02303-06 Potable Water Treatment (15 Hours)
Explains how to disinfect, filter and soften water supply systems. Discusses how to troubleshoot water supply problems, flush out visible contaminants from a plumbing system, and disinfect a potable water plumbing system.
02304-06 Backflow Preventers (20 Hours)
Introduces the different types of backflow prevention devices and discusses how they work, where they are used, and how they are installed.
02305-06 Types of Venting (20 Hours)
Reviews the different types of vents that can be installed in a DWV system and how they work. Also teaches design and installation techniques.
02306-06 Sizing DWV and Storm Systems (20 Hours)
Explains how to calculate drainage fixture units for waste systems. Reviews how to size drain, waste, and vent DWV systems; storm drainage systems; and roof storage and drainage systems.
02307-06 Sewage Pumps and Sump Pumps (17.5 Hours)
Discussed the installation, diagnosis, and repair of pumps, controls, and sumps in sewage and storm water removal systems.
02308-06 Corrosive-Resistant Waste Piping (7.5 Hours)
Discusses corrosive wasted and review related safety issues and hazard communications. Discusses how to determine when corrosive-resistant waste piping needs to be installed, as well as how to correctly select and properly connect different types of piping.
02309-06 Compressed Air (10 Hours)
Explains the principles of compressed air systems and describes their components and accessories. Reviews installation and periodic servicing of air compressor systems.
Plumbing – Level 4
150 Hours Standardized
02401-06 Business Principles for Plumbers (15 Hours)
Introduces trainees to concepts and practices that are essential for competitive, successful plumbing businesses. Covers basic business accounting and project estimating, as well as techniques for cost control and task organization.
02402-06 Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader (16 Hours)
Introduces trainees to the knowledge and skills required for team leadership. Covers practical information about today’s construction industry; basic leadership skills; safety responsibilities of a supervisor; and a detailed survey of project control techniques.
02403-06 Water Pressure Booster and Recirculation Systems (17.5 Hours)
Builds on trainee’s previous experience with pumps, storage, tanks, controls, and pipes and fittings by teaching them to assemble those components into systems that boost water pressure and provide hot water.
02404-06 Indirect and Special Waste (12.5 Hours)
Explains the code requirements and installation procedures for systems that protect against contamination from indirect and special wastes.
02405-06 Hydronic and Solar Heating Systems (15 Hours)
Introduces the basic types of hydronic and solar heating systems and their components. Reviews hydronic and solar heating system layout and installation. Also discusses methods inhibiting corrosion in solar heating systems.
02406-06 Codes (7.5 Hours)
Discusses the different types of codes used by plumbers across the country and explains how those codes are written, adopted, modifies, and implemented.
02407-06 Servicing Piping Systems, Fixtures, and Applications (20 Hours)
Explains how to diagnose and repair water supply and drainage piping, water heaters, and other appliances and fixtures. Describes the effects of corrosion, freezing, and hard water on plumbing systems.
02408-06 Private Water Supply Well Systems (10 Hours)
Explains the operation of pumps and well components. Reviews the qualities of good wells and how to assemble and disassemble pumps and components.
02409-06 Private Waste Disposal Systems (10 Hours)
Describes the types of private sewage systems, discusses the maintenance and replacement of these systems, and explains how to determine the local code requirements for these systems. Covers percolation tests and sewage system planning and layout.
02410-06 Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs (12.5 Hours)
Introduces trainees to plumbing systems in swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas. Trainees will learn how to install and troubleshoot water supply systems and drains.
02411-06 Plumbing for Mobile Homes and Travel Trailers (10 Hours)
Describes the location and layout of plumbing systems for mobile home and travel trailer parks. Reviews how to design and lay out a system, how to connect water and sewer lines to a mobile home, and how to estimate materials and costs for the park.