Semester I

Safety                                                                                                   #1PLT01   40 hours

The safety of the persons performing tasks in the plumbing trade, and the safety of the persons having work done for them is of primary concern.  In order to become a licensed plumber, each candidate must complete a state mandated safety course known as an OSHA-10 Construction Certification course.

Intro to Plumbing – History and Water Heating                       #1PLT02  20 hours

Plumbing history is rich and long. Plumbing dates back more than 3500 years. The history of plumbing is a great look into the importance of plumbing to society, the evolution of the trade, and the impact the industry has on our way of life.  This course will cover the development of the hot water heater that we take for granted today, from its humble beginnings to the modern technology used today.

Tools, Materials and Joining Methods I                                      #1PLT03   120 hours

A variety of power and hand tools are necessary to perform plumbing and gas tasks.  Many of these tools are very common to all trades, but some are specific to the plumbing trade.  After a visual introduction to these tools and an extensive lesson in the proper use and care of these tools, students will be able to engage in plumbing practices utilizing this knowledge in a safe and productive manner.  Care and maintenance of all tools is imperative to ensure maximum tool performance and longevity.

Valves and Devices                                                                             #1PLT04   15 hours

The plumbing industry utilizes several types of valves and devices.  At the completion of this course students will be able to recognize, identify, and discuss the use of various valves, and devices used in the plumbing trade.

Drain and Vent Piping                                                                         #1PLT05   60 hours

The drain, wastes and vents are a primary component of all plumbing systems.  They consist of a series of pipes and fittings that convey the water expelled from a plumbing fixture to the sewer or septic system for disposal.  Students will learn about pipes, fittings, and joining methods and calculations necessary to accomplish this.  Students will be given plumbing layout examples and will be able to design a complete single line sketch of a prospective plumbing system.  Students will then go into the lab and physically create the mock system using proper pipe, fittings, and joining methods.

Math for Plumbing I                                                                            #1PLT06   40 hours

Basic mathematical skills are needed to perform many tasks within the plumbing trade. These skills will be utilized in determining water pipe sizing, gas piping sizing and distances, gallons capacity and weight of vessels, and simple measuring pipe and tubing.   Students will be issued a sheet with multiple formulas needed to perform specific tasks in the trade.   Instructions will familiarize students with the proper use of these formulas in the classroom, then going into the lab to apply these formulas to real life situations.

Water Distribution Systems                                                            #1PLT07   60 hours

In this course Students will learn about several types of determine the sizes of the hot and cold water mains for residential and commercial buildings utilizing the Massachusetts State Plumbing Code.  Included is materials, joining methods, and sizing.

Gas Distribution Systems                                                                 #1PLT08   60 hours

Gas pipe system design and installation is a section of the Mass. State Plumbing Code that is covered under the responsibility of a licensed plumber.  Many appliances and devices utilize gas to function.  Heating boilers, warm air furnaces, stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, and water heaters all may be energized by fuel gas.  Students will be introduced to the design, implementation, and Mass. State Plumbing Code.

Construction Drawing                                                                       #1PLT09   45 hours

In order to begin a plumbing job, we must first have a plan.  These plans will determine how we will perform the job.  Layouts, location of the items and fixture lists are all found on the plan.   Students will learn how to interpret plans, make a stock list off of the plan, comprise an estimate for the job, and complete the job in a timely and economical manner to plan specifications.  Single line sketches will be created in the classroom and then students will go into the lab to create the plumbing system utilizing the sketch.  Specific plumbing symbols common to the trade will also be discussed and learned.


Semester II

Professional Practice                                                                           #2PLT01   30 hours

This course focuses the student on two similar aspects of the plumbing trade – getting a job, and keeping the job.  Students will develop professional resumes and learn how to write effective cover letters.  Interview skills and techniques will discussed.  Employees are a representative of the company they work for.  They are the first thing your customer sees when they arrive to do a job.  The importance of a neat and clean appearance polite demeanor, and arriving on time are all critical to the success of your company.   Performing the job in a neat and timely manner is also important as it should ensure a repeat customer for years to come.  Instructors will enlighten students as to what the employee’s expectations will be and what the expectations of the consumer will be.

Hot Water Heating                                                                              #2PLT02   45 hours

Domestic Hot Water is required to be supplied to many fixtures and appliances in the plumbing industry.  It is necessary for washing, bathing, cleaning, and sanitizing to conform to local board of health standards.  This water begins as cold water supplied by a well or municipal water supply to the building and is then heated to the proper temperature in a variety of methods.  Students will spend classroom time learning these methods, rules and regulations specific to each method, and then will go into the lab to experience hands on training in performing these methods

Installation and Identification of Plumbing Fixtures                 #2PLT03   40 hours

A plumbing fixture is an exchangeable device, which can be connected to a plumbing system to deliver and drain water.  Students will develop skills related to assembly, installation, and repair of fixtures approved by the State Plumbing Board.

Math for Plumbing II                                                                            #2PLT04   40 hours

A continuation of the first semester course students will continue to develop the math skills required in the Plumbing trade.  These skills will be utilized in determining water pipe sizing, gas piping sizing and distances, gallons capacity and weight of vessels, and simple measuring pipe and tubing.   Skills will be taught in the classroom, applied and reinforced in the classroom.

Tools, Materials, and Joining Methods II                                    #2PLT05   120 hours

This continuation of the first semester course will delve deeper into the safe use and practices of tools, materials, and joining methods utilized in the plumbing trade.

248 CMR and NFPA 54 Laws and Regulations                          #2PLT06   15 hours

MA Plumbing Code is comprised of rules and regulations pertaining to the proper and safe performance of all aspects of plumbing.  248 CMR deals with the proper design, installation, and maintenance of residential and commercial plumbing systems. Instructors will familiarize students on how and where to find information in the code book. NFPA 54 addresses the national fuel gas code as referenced in the MA state plumbing and gas code. Instructors will emphasize the importance of adhering to all installation practices expressed in the fuel gas code to ensure a safe working environment for the workers and the consumers.