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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 apply all trade related plumbing codes to all plumbing applications, using the (UPC California Plumbing Code) as reference materials.
  • A student will be able to apply UPC to all gas pipe sizing.
  • A student will be able to apply UPC to all waste and vent pipe sizing.
  • A student will be able to apply UPC to all water pipe sizing.


First year of the Plumber & Pipefitter Apprenticeship program. This course provides students with a working knowledge of Plumbing Code I and Water Supply Systems.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Recognize and discuss portions of the Plumbing Code
B. Recognize and classify water supply systems

Course Content

A. Plumbing Code I
1. Definitions
2. Drainage systems
3. Vents & venting
4. Indirect wastes
5. Traps & interceptors
B. Water Supply Systems
1. Water treatment
2. Water mains & service
3. Building water systems
4. Cross connection
5. Hot water supply
6. Valves
7. Pumps

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams on visually identifying the various Plumbing Codes for a water supply system in the lab:
A. General Code Regulations
B. Review of Plumbing Fixtures
C. Water Heaters
D. Water Supply and Distribution
E. Sanitary Drainage
F. Indirect & Special Wastes
G. Vents
H. Traps
I. Fuel Piping
J. Standards
K. Sizing Water Supply Systems
L. Sizing Waster & Vent Systems
M. Rainwater Systems
N. Medical Gas Systems
O. Graywater Systems
P. Private Sewage Disposal Systems
Q. Reclaimed Water Systems
R. IAPMO Installation Standards
S. Useful Tables Used in Industry

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with plumbing tools
B. Personal protective equipment
C. Calculator

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Written examination
B. Hands-on demonstration
C. Chapter Quizzes
D. Group and Classroom participation
E. Punctuality

Method(s) of Instruction

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

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

2013 California Plumbing Code. (Code of Regulations Title 24, Part 5.)


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

A. Readings from the 2013 California Plumbing Code Manual for Title 24, Part 5, as required

B. Weekly writing assignments are documented in the lab manual of the Plumbing Code booklet