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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2021
Units: 5
Hours: 37 lecture, 86 laboratory per quarter (123 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 identify conventional drafting tools.
  • A student will be able to describe isometric drawings.
  • A student will be able to identify common pipe symbols.


Students will gain a working knowledge of drawing interpretation, plan reading and science as it applies to the plumbing industry. This course is required to meet the certificate requirements to become a journeyman plumber.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Perform drawing interpretation as its required in the plumbing industry.
B. Perform scientific practices as required in the plumbing industry.

Course Content

A. Drawing interpretation
1. Blue prints and tables
2. Pipe measurement
B. Science
1. Properties of water
2. Hydraulics and pneumatics
3. Metals and alloys
4. Corrosion

Lab Content

Students will work individually on applying drawing interpretation principles and scientific concepts to the layout of piping systems in the lab:
A. Interpret drawings and plan lay out
B. Use math formulas for lay out and science as it applies in the plumbing trades
C. Perform metric measurements
D. Demonstrate the use of instruments for piping systems layout

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with overhead projector
B. Calculator

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

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices. Drawing Interpretation, and Science. 2009.

NOTE: This is the Plumbing textbook used for this course. Although it may not be within 5 years of the required published date, it is the most current book used when teaching this course. We will adopt the next edition, as it is published.

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

A. Readings from the textbook. Examples include:
1. Drawing interpretation and science for the plumbing trades (Chapters 1-3)
2. Application of geometry for the plumbing trades (Chapter 2)
3. Instrumentation for piping systems layouts (Chapters 4-5)
B. Writing assignments that are related to the assignments given in lecture. Examples include:
1. Use math calculations for pipe measurements
2. Apply geometry of piping systems
3. Applying formulas for drawing interpretation in the pipe trades
4. Calculating metric measurements for piping system layouts
5. Specifying instruments used for piping system layouts