Plumbing (PH)

(Effective Fall 2015)

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

All students entering the major will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during the first semester as explained in the College Catalog (see

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog ( 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 trade.
  • identify piping materials and install them using proper connections.
  • use and apply trade terms and technical data.
  • read and interpret blueprints, specifications, and codes as they apply to the trade.
  • 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 SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ACR111Introduction to Refrigeration 5 
ACR118Print Reading and Interpretation 1 
ACR119HVAC Automated Design 1 
PLH113Mechanical Systems Design and Operation 4 
MTH011Career Mathematics 3 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
ENL010Communications 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
BCT128Building Materials Applications 2 
ELT250HVAC/R Electricity 5 
PLH124Mechanical Systems II 5 
PLH130Mechanical Systems Lab Practices 3 
WEL101Acetylene/Electric Welding 2 

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 HP should take ENL 111, MTH 124, and 1 credit elective Fitness & Lifetime Sports (FIT) in the second semester.


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