Introduction to the Plumbing Profession
Introduces the trainee to many career options 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 reviews human relations and safety skills.
Discusses the causes of accidents and their consequences and repercussions in terms of delays, increased expenses, injury, and loss of life. Reviews 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, signal, lockout/tagout, and emergency response. Covers confined space safety, and reviews safety issues related to hand and power tools.
Tools of the Plumbing Trade
Instructs trainees in the care and use of the different types of hand and power tools they will use on the job. Gives trainees the information they need to select the appropriate tools for different tasks, and reviews tool maintenance and safety issues.
Introduction to Plumbing Math
Review 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 measure pipe using fitting tables and framing squares and how to calculate 45-degree offsets.
Introduction to Plumbing Drawings
Introduces trainees to the different types of plumbing drawings they will encounter in 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 reviews isometric, oblique, orthographic, as well as schematic drawings. Requires trainees to render plumbing drawings and recognize how code requirements apply to plumbing drawings.
Plastic Pipe and Fittings
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 instruction and applicable codes. Also discusses pressure testing of plastic pipe once installed.
Copper Pipe and Fittings
Discusses sizing, labeling, and applications of copper pipe and fittings, and reviews the type 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 storage requirements.
Cast-Iron Pipe and Fittings
Introduces trainees to hub-and-spigot and no-hub cast-iron pipe and fittings and their applications in the DWV systems. Review’s material properties, storage and handling requirements, and fittings and valves. Covers joining methods, installation, and testing.
Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings
Discusses threading, labeling, and sizing of steel pipe, and reviews the differences between domestic and imported pipe. Covers the proper techniques for measuring, cutting, threading, joining, and hanging steel pipe. Also reviews corrugated stainless-steel tubing.
Introduction to Plumbing Fixtures
Discusses the proper applications of code-approved fixtures and faucets in plumbing installations. Reviews the different types of fixtures and faucets and the materials used in them. Also covers storage, handling, and code requirements.
Introduction to Drain, Waste, and Vent (DWV) Systems
Explains how DWV systems remove waste safely and effectively. Discusses how system compactness, such as pipe, drains, traps, and vents, work. Reviews drain and vent sizing, grade, and waste treatment. Also discusses how building sewers and sewers drains connect to DWV system to the public sewer system.
Introduction to Water Distributions Systems
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 the systems that trainees will install on the job.
Plumbing Math Two
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.
Reading Commercial Drawings
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.
Structural Penetrations, Insulation, and Fire-Stopping
Introduces methods for adjusting structural members, insulating pipe, and installing fire-stopping. Covers reinforcement techniques for modified structural members; how to measure, cut and install fiberglass and flexible foam insulation; and how to identify walls, floors, and ceilings that require fire-stopping.
Installing and Testing DWV Piping
Explains how locate, install, connect, and test a complete drain, waste, and vent (DWV) system.
Types of Valves
Reviews the many types and uses of valves, there components, and valve applications. Also covers valve repairs and replacement.
Introduction to Electricity
Introduces trainee to the principles of electricity, including voltage, current, resistance, and power. Includes important electrical formulas, circuitry, and common plumbing-related electrical applications.
Installing Water Heaters
Discusses gas-fired, electric, solar, instantaneous, and indirect water heaters, components, and applications. Reviews proper installation and testing techniques and covers the latest federal guidelines that apply to water heaters.
Fuel Gas Systems
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.
Introduces trainees to the math concepts they will use on the job, including weights and measures, area and volume, temperature, pressure, and force. Also reviews the six simple machines: inclined planes, levers, pulleys, wedges, screws, and wheels and axles.
Sizing and Protecting the Water Supply System
Teaches techniques for sizing water supply systems, including calculating system requirements and demand, developed lengths, and pressure drops. Reviews the factors that can reduce efficiency of water supply piping. Introduces different backflow prevention devices and explains how they work, where they are used, and how they are installed in water supply systems.
Potable Water Supply Treatment
Explains how to disinfect, filter, and soften water supply systems. Discusses how to troubleshoot water supply problems, flush out visible contaminants from plumbing system, and disinfect a potable water plumbing system.
Types of Venting
Reviews the different types of vents that can be installed in a DWV system and how they work. Also teaches design and installation techniques.
Sizing DWV and Storm Systems
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.
Sewage Pumps and Sump Pumps
Discusses the installation, diagnosis, and repair of pumps, controls, and sumps in sewage and storm water removal systems.
Corrosive-Resistant Waste Piping
Discusses corrosive waste and reviews 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.
Explains the principles of compressed air systems and describes their components and accessories. Review’s installation and periodic servicing of air compressor systems.
Covers the troubleshooting and repair of fixtures, valves, and faucets in accordance with code and safety guidelines. 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.
Business Principles for Plumbers
Introduces trainees to concepts and practices that are essential for competitive, successful plumbing businesses. Covers basic business accounting project estimating, as well as techniques for cost control and task organization.
Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader
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.
Water Pressure Booster and Recirculation Systems
Builds on trainees’ previous experience with the 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.
Indirect and Special Waste
Explains the code requirements and installation procedure for systems that protect against contamination from indirect and special wastes.
Hydronic and Solar Heating Systems
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 for inhibiting corrosion in solar heating systems.
Discusses the different types of codes used by plumbers across the country and explains how these codes are written, adopted, modified, and implemented.
Servicing Piping Systems, Fixtures, and Appliances
Explains how to diagnose and repair water supply and drainage piping, water heaters, and other appliances and fixtures. Describe the effects of corrosion, freezing, and hard water on plumbing systems.
Private Water Supply Well Systems
Explains the operation of pumps and well components. Review the qualities of good wells and how to assemble and disassemble pumps and components.
Private Waste Disposal Systems
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.
Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs
Introduces trainee to plumbing systems in swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas. Trainees will learn to install and troubleshoot water supply systems and drains.
Plumbing for Mobile Homes and Mobile Home Parks
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.