Plumbing Techniques


  • Program Title: Plumbing Techniques
    Credential: Diploma
    Delivery: Online
    Program Length: 3 Semesters (One year)
    Program Availability: Full time or Part time
    Offered: This program is available starting every Monday.

    Program Description

    This program provides students with the theoretical knowledge to perform most basic plumbing techniques. Students will be exposed to topics including health and safety, reading of drawings, applied math, communications, plumbing code, plumbing theory, practical application and installation practices. Plumbing Techniques focuses on residential, commercial and industrial applications in the plumbing industry.

    Students have a total of fifty-two (52) weeks to complete their program requirements, starting from the date of their first course.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

    1. Work according to contractual obligations; the project manual; and applicable laws, standards, bylaws, and codes.
    2. Perform residential, commercial and industrial plumbing projects effectively and accurately by interpreting and producing basic data in graphic, oral and written formats.
    3. Work responsibly and effectively with others and in accordance with appropriate practices, procedures and in compliance with health and safety legislation.
    4. Use tools and equipment for basic installation manufacture, and repair of components to required specifications.
    5. Contribute to the organizing and planning of residential, commercial and industrial plumbing installation projects.
    6. Solve routine problems related to work environments using a variety of systemic approaches.

    Your Career

    Graduates may find employment as an apprentice in the plumbing field and also possess technical knowledge to pursue employment in commercial and/or residential plumbing sales and service.

  • Admission Requirements

    College Eligibility

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
    • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate; OR
    • General Educational Development (GED); OR
    • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program).

    Call the Admissions Office at 1 (800) 267-2577 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

    Application Process
    Program intake – Apply to this program by visiting our Registration page. If you are entering into this program as a mature student please attach your resume when submitting your registration information online.

  • Courses

    Semester 1
    Introduction to the Plumbing Profession
    Plumbing Safety
    Tools of the Plumbing Trade
    Plumbing Math I
    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

    Semester 2
    Introduction to Water Distribution Systems
    Plumbing Math II
    Reading Commercial Drawings
    Structural Penetrations, Insulation, and Fire Stopping
    Installing and Testing DWV Piping
    Installing Roof, Floor, and Area Drains
    Installing and Testing Water Supply Piping
    Types of Valves
    Installing Fixtures and Valves
    Installing Water Heaters
    Basic Electricity

    Semester 3
    Fuel Gas and Fuel Oil Systems
    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 Systems
    Service Plumbing

    Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.

    Register for this course.

  • Course Descriptions

    Semester 1
    Introduction to the Plumbing Profession (5 Hours)
    Introduces trainees to the 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.

    Plumbing Safety (22.5 Hours)
    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, safety signs, signals, lockout/tagout, and emergency response. Covers confined-space safety, and reviews safety issues related to hand and power tools.

    Tools of the Plumbing Trade (10 Hours)
    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.

    Plumbing Math I (12.5 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.

    Introduction to Plumbing Drawings (17.5 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 reviews isometric, oblique, orthographic, as well as schematic drawings. Requires trainees to render plumbing drawings and to recognize how code requirements apply to plumbing drawings.

    Plastic Pipe and fittings (12.5 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.

    Copper Pipe and Fittings (12.5 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.

    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.

    Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings (12.5 Hours)
    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 (7.5 Hours)
    Discusses the proper applications of code-approved fixtures in plumbing installations. Reviews the different types of fixtures and the materials used in them. Also covers storage, handling, and code requirements.

    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. (Module ID 02111-12)

    Semester 2
    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 Math II (15 Hours)
    Explains the Pythagorean theorem and reviews methods for laying out square corners. Discusses the techniques used to calculate simple and rolling offsets, as well as offsets on parallel runs of pipe.

    Reading Commercial Drawings (25 Hours)
    Explains how to identify and interpret civil, architectural, structural, HVAC/mechanical, plumbing, and electrical drawings. Discusses how to ensure accurate dimensions, generate RFIs, and locate plumbing entry points, as well as how to establish piping routes and fixture locations. Isometric drawings, material takeoffs, approved submittal data, and Building Information Management (BIM).

    Structural Penetrations, Insulation, and Fire Stopping (15 Hours)
    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 (30 Hours)
    Explains how to locate, install, connect, and test a complete drain, waste, and vent (DWV) system. Discusses how to develop material takeoffs, set up and use levels, locate building sewers and building drains, locate fixtures, and test a DWV system.

    Installing Roof, Floor, and Area Drains (5 Hours)
    Covers the proper techniques for locating, installing, and connecting roof, floor, and area drains and floor sinks according to code. Also discusses waterproof membranes and flashing, drain components, shower pans, trap primers, and proper drain applications.

    Installing and Testing Water Supply Piping (20 Hours)
    Explores the proper techniques for locating, installing, and testing complete water service and distribution systems, including meters, water heaters, water softeners, and hose bibbs. Introduces trainees to basic backflow prevention and water hammer prevention, and discusses the installation of shower and tub valves, ice maker and washing machine boxes, and pipe stub outs and supports.

    Types of Valves (5 Hours)
    Reviews types of valves, their components, and applications. Also covers valve servicing.

    Installing Fixtures and Valves (20 Hours)
    Covers the installation of basic plumbing fixtures, including bathtubs, shower stalls, lavatories, sinks, water closets, and urinals. Reviews the installation of associated valves, faucets, and components. Also discusses how to connect appliances such as dishwashers, food-waste disposers, refrigerators and ice makers, and washing machines.

    Installing Water Heaters (10 Hours)
    Discusses gas-fired, electric, tankless, heat pump, and indirect water heaters, components, and applications. Reviews proper installation and testing techniques and covers the latest code requirements for water heaters.

    Basic Electricity (10 Hours)
    Introduces electrical safety and the principles of electricity including voltage, current, resistance, and power. Includes important electrical formulas, circuitry, and common plumbing-related electrical applications.

    Semester 3
    Fuel Gas and Fuel Oil Systems (20 Hours)
    Introduces techniques for safe handling of natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, and fuel oil. Reviews fuel gas and fuel oil safety precautions and potential hazards, applications, systems installation, and testing.

    Applied Math (17.5 Hours)
    Reviews math concepts, including weights and measures, area and volume, temperature, pressure, and force. Also describes the six simple machines: inclined planes, levers, pulleys, wedges, screws, and wheels and axles.

    Sizing and Protecting the Water Supply System (30 Hours)
    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 (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.

    Types of Venting (20 Hours)
    Reviews the different types of vents that can be installed in a DWV system and explains how they work. Also teaches design and installation techniques.

    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.

    Sewage Pumps and Sump Pumps (12.5 Hours)
    Discusses the installation, diagnosis, and repair of pumps, controls, and sumps in sewage and storm water removal systems.

    Corrosive-Resistant Waste Piping (7.5 Hours)
    Discusses corrosive wastes 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.

    Compressed Air Systems (10 Hours)
    Explains the principles of compressed air systems and describes their components and accessories. Reviews installation and periodic servicing of air compressor systems.

    Service Plumbing (27.5 Hours)
    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.

  • Fees & Expenses

    Fees Apply for this Academic Year.

    • Registration: $100.00
    • Textbooks: $1025.00
    • Shipping: $61.00
    • Tuition: $7,814.00

    Total Tuition & Fees: $9,000.00

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