(Effective Fall 2020)

This curriculum includes the basic theories of plumbing, soil waste and vent layout, household and industrial maintenance, sewage systems, and the use of hand and power tools. Students develop skills in all types of plumbing repair work used in residential, institutional, and commercial applications. The major also provides training in the fundamentals of communication and mathematics.

Career Opportunities

Plumbing installation, industrial maintenance, public utilities service, machine work and shipbuilding industries.

Recommended High School Subjects

One year of technical math.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Plumbing major web page.

Remediation Strategies

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas.

Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate good work habits and meet accepted safety standards.
  • use hand and power tools of the industry.
  • identify piping materials and install them using proper connections and methods.
  • use and apply industry specific terms and technical data.
  • read and interpret blueprints, specifications, and codes as they apply.
  • install, maintain, and repair plumbing systems and keep up with the new developments in the field.
  • apply basic knowledge and skills of electrical work to install, repair, maintain, and troubleshoot electrical controls used in plumbing.
  • apply energy conservation measures to plumbing installations.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
ACR111 Introduction to Refrigeration 5 3 6 M REQ
PLH113 Mechanical Systems Design and Operation 4 2 6 M REQ
ELT250 HVAC/R Electricity 5 3 6 M REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ACR103 HVAC Print Reading and Automated Design 2 1 3 M REQ
PLH221 Mechanical Systems 5 3 6 M REQ
WEL100 Introduction to Welding Processes 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL010 Communications 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH011 Career Mathematics 3 2.50 1.50 S REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ

Students completing the plumbing program have the option of transferring into the HVAC Technology degree major. This additional year of study in the HVAC major can expand skills in air conditioning and heating. Note: Students planning to transfer to HV should take ENL 111 and MTH 124.


Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA).