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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 plumbing and building detailing.
  • A student will be able to classify and recognize drawings related to the plumbing industry.
  • A student will be able to demonstrate the use of all MEP drawing in the fabrication and layout process.


Fifth-year course of the Plumber & Pipefitter Apprenticeship program. This course provides students with a working knowledge of Advanced Drawing, Plumbing Layout and Building Detailing. Practical field knowledge of plumbing duties, processes, objectives and code callouts is covered in-depth.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Recognize and classify drawings related to the plumbing industry
B. Apply plumbing and building detailing
C. Supervise plumbing job sites and manpower

Course Content

A. Classification of Drawings
1. Advanced plan reading
2. Applied drafting
3. Sleeve drawing & deck layout
4. Drawing coordinator & plumbing design
5. Specifications
B. Plumbing and Building Detailing
1. Review detailed plans to spec
2. Create a detail legend using the computer-aided design (CAD) System
C. Job Sites
1. Supervise plumbing job sites and manpower

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams reviewing detailed plumbing and building drawing in the lab, which includes:
A. Sketches & Isometric Drawings
B. Using a Scale for Layout
C. Uniform Plumbing Code Review
D. Mathematics Reviews
E. Exam Preparation

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with drawing tables/Over head projector
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. Advanced Drawing and Layout. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2012.

Texts older than 5 years that may be utilized in this course are industry-standard texts.


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

A. Readings from the textbook

1. The application of advanced plan reading and sketching

2. Learning 3-D and 4-D applications

3. Code II: Junior Mechanics exam preparation

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

1. Math calculations for Isometric and 3-D drawings

2. Plumbing Code practice exams from the handouts throughout the course