Plumbing

Program Overview

The Plumbing Technology program of study is a sequence of courses that prepares student for careers in plumbing and related fields. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasis a combination of plumbing theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Plumbing Technology diploma and have the qualification of an apprentice plumber.

Entrance Requirements

* Must be 16 years of age * Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply * Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math * Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar. Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (47 hours)
Basic Skills Courses (8 hours)
3
45
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today\'s rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
Technical Courses (39 hours)
3
75
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
3
45
This course provides an introduction to the Plumbing construction trade. The knowledge and skills required to succeed in the Plumbing industry are emphasized. Topics include general safety rules and practices, introduction to construction and the pipe trades, and work ethics, communication, and affective skills and practices.
3
75
This course introduces the reading and interpretation of sets of building drawings. Topics include types of plans, scales, specifications, conventions, and schedules.
This course introduces the student to the materials, pipes, valves, fittings, and joining methods used in the plumbing trade. Topics include pipes, fittings, and valves, hangers and supports, and joining techniques.
3
60
Provides an introduction to the treatment, design and materials used in plumbing, drainage systems. Applicable plumbing codes are also discussed. Topics include: public and private sewage systems and treatment; materials, fittings, and valves; traps, venting, and grade; ejector and sump pumps; design, sizing, and installation of drainage systems.
3
60
Provides an introduction to the sources, treatment, design, and materials used in residential cold and hot water distribution systems. Applicable plumbing codes are also discussed. Topics include: public and private water systems; materials and fittings; valves; water treatment; water mains and services; hot water supply; design and installation of water supply systems.
This course introduces the identification, theory, application and installation of residential plumbing fixtures, trim and appliances.
This course provides instruction in the materials and design of building gas supply systems and the installation of gas appliances. Emphasis is placed in conformance with applicable gas codes. Topics include types of gas, safety, materials and fittings, valves, design and size gas systems, gas appliances and controls, and gas venting.
3
45
This course provides information and instruction in the design, use of materials, and purpose of special plumbing systems. Applicable plumbing codes are also discussed. Topics include special water systems, special drain systems, and boiler and sprinkler systems.
PLBG
1320
3
60
Provides instruction in the repair and maintenance of plumbing fixtures, appliances, and systems. There is an emphasis on analysis, problem solving, and planning in performing service work. Bidding, invoicing, and working with the customer are also included. Requirements include 20 hours of demonstration lab. Topics include: plumbing fixtures and controls, appliances, servicing water systems, servicing gas systems, planning service work, bidding and invoicing, and customer relations.
PLBG
1330
3
45
This course provides an introduction to the plumbing codes for local, national, and international applications. Topics include the history, purpose, and construction of codes, model and international codes, local codes and amendments, and code applications.
Select Two Of The Following (6 hours)
Explores the science of materials and the mechanics related to the pipe trades. Topics include: properties and characteristics of water, hydraulics and pneumatics; mechanics; metals, alloys, and synthetics; corrosion; and basic electrical theory.
3
45
This course provides guidelines for acceptable practice for testing, inspection, and repair of backflow prevention assemblies used in cross-connection control installations.
3
45
Advanced instruction in reading and interpreting various plans used in the construction industry. Topics include: specifications, site plans, architectural plans, structural plans, plumbing plans, electrical plans, mechanical plans, material take-off and bill of materials, isometric drawing and sleeve drawings.
This course provides an in depth study of the plumbing codes and amendments used in Georgia. Emphasis is placed on code applications. Topics include code definitions, regulations, table and sizing charts, drawings.
This course is designed to give the student the opportunity to refine the knowledge and skills developed by successfully completing a special lab project agreed upon by the student and advisor, or to participate in an internship with local business and industry.