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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 4.5
Hours: 30 lecture, 72 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 (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A student will be able to demonstrate and classify drainage systems.
  • A student will be able to apply piping and plumbing fixture supports.
  • A student will be able to layout piping systems.
  • A student will be able to demonstrate and classify piping layouts.


Third-year course of the Plumber & Pipefitter Apprenticeship program. This course provides students with a working knowledge of plumbing and piping layouts, drainage systems, piping and fixture supports as it applies to mechanical drawings.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Recognize and classify piping layouts
B. Recognize and classify drainage systems
C. Recognize and classify piping and fixture support

Course Content

A. Conceptual Drawings of Piping Layouts
1. Elevation views of piping systems
B. Conceptual Drawings of Drainage Systems
1. Isometric plans
2. Classes of drainage systems
C. Conceptual Drawings of Pipe Fixtures
1. Creating blueprints with structural fixtures

Lab Content

Students will work individually on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) stations performing basic layouts of a plumbing system for 3-D and Isometric drawings:
A. Drawing Techniques
B. Line quality
C. Drawing Proportion
D. Labeling & Sizing of Piping Systems
E. Drawing File Management

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with drawing tables
B. Drawing utensils

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

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices. Drawing Interpretation and Plan Reading. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2015.


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

A. Readings from textbook

1. The application of Isometric Drawings

2. The application of 3-D Drawings

B. Students complete writing assignments on elevation, isometric and plan views

1. An Isometric drawing of a PRV Station is turned in as part of the final exam