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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2022
Units: 4.5
Hours: 36 lecture, 66 laboratory per quarter (102 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 Only
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 Plumbing and Pipefitting 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:

  1. Recognize and discuss portions of the Plumbing Code
  2. Recognize and classify water supply systems

Course Content

  1. Plumbing Code I
    1. Definitions
    2. Drainage systems
    3. Vents and venting
    4. Indirect wastes
    5. Traps and interceptors
  2. Water supply systems
    1. Water treatment
    2. Water mains and 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:

  1. General code regulations
  2. Review of plumbing fixtures
  3. Water heaters
  4. Water supply and distribution
  5. Sanitary drainage
  6. Indirect and special wastes
  7. Vents
  8. Traps
  9. Fuel piping
  10. Standards
  11. Sizing water supply systems
  12. Sizing waster and vent systems
  13. Rainwater systems
  14. Medical gas systems
  15. Graywater systems
  16. Private sewage disposal systems
  17. Reclaimed water systems
  18. IAPMO installation standards
  19. Useful tables used in industry

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

1. Laboratory with plumbing tools
2. Personal protective equipment
3. Calculator
4. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and hardware; email address

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

Written examination
Hands-on demonstration
Chapter quizzes
Group and classroom participation

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:


Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

2019 California Plumbing Code (Code of Regulations Title 24, Part 5)

Tyler Pipe & Coupling booklet, 2015

AB&I or Tyler No-Hub Cast Iron pocket catalog, 2016

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

  1. Readings from the 2013 California Plumbing Code Manual for Title 24, Part 5, as required
  2. Weekly writing assignments are documented in the lab manual of the Plumbing Code booklet