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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 4
Hours: 24 lecture, 75 laboratory per quarter (99 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Plumbing & Pipefitting Apprenticeship Program.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A student will be able to demonstrate and classify Materials used in the plumbing industry.
  • A student will be able to demonstrate assembly of all piping methods.
  • A student will be able to identify and apply on the job safety standards.


First-year course of the Plumber & Pipefitter Apprenticeship program. Provides students with a working knowledge of plumbing industry materials and standards. Learn use and care of pipe trade tools, practice safety and heritage of the United Association. Also provides OSHA 30 certification.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Recognize and classify materials used in the plumbing industry
B. Demonstrate the proper use and care of plumbing tools
C. Demonstrate assembly of piping
D. Recognize and apply on-the-job safety standards
E. Achieve OSHA 30 certification

Course Content

A. Materials Used in the Plumbing Industry
1. Identification of materials
2. Selection of materials to code
3. Relationship between plan and specification
4. Material classification
B. Use and Care of Plumbing Tools
1. Use of wrenches
2. Use of plumb bob
3. Use of hand tools
4. Cleaning tools
5. Maintaining tools
C. Shop Assembly of Piping
1. Soldering
2. Lead and oakum joints
3. Pipe threading
4. No-hub joint
5. Plastics
6. Compression joints/flared joints
D. Safety
1. At the work site
2. Hazardous materials
3. Forms used for OSHA

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams reviewing safety requirements related to working in the trade, which will include:
A. People/Personnel Safety Precautions
B. Equipment Safety
C. Grounding & GFCI
D. Handling Power Tools
E. Handling Hand Tools
F. Fire Hazards
G. Handling Compressed Gas Cylinders
H. Welding, Cutting, Gasses
I. Excavations
J. Confined Space

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with plumbing tools
B. Personal protective equipment

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Written examination
B. Hands-on demonstration
C. Chapter quizzes
D. Group and classroom participation

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Discussion
C. Laboratory
D. Demonstration

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

U.A. Use and Care of Tools. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2014.

U.A. Job Safety and Health. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2013.

U.A. Standard for Excellence. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2013.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Readings from the textbook for the UA

1. History & Heritage of the Union

2. Application of Job Safety & Health

3. Application & Use of Tools

B. Writing assignments are related to the assignments given in the laboratory

1. Group assignment to discuss and contrast individual views of the heritage of the Unions. Prepare statement from individual perspective

2. Review the OSHA Safety Pocket Guide. Discuss each personal experience and provide examples

3. Complete end of chapter assignments in the Use and Care of Tools lab manual