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 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
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
ACR111 Introduction to Refrigeration 5  
ACR118 Print Reading and Interpretation 1  
ACR119 HVAC Automated Design 1  
PLH113 Mechanical Systems Design and Operation 4  
MTH011 Career Mathematics 3  
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
ENL010 Communications 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
Second Semester Credits
BCT128 Building Materials Applications 2  
ELT250 HVAC/R Electricity 5  
PLH124 Mechanical Systems II 5  
PLH130 Mechanical Systems Lab Practices 3  
WEL101 Acetylene/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 HV should take ENL 111 and MTH 124.


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


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