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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 demonstrate knowledge of code requirements for clean-outs.
  • A student will be able to define the term "fixture unit".
  • A student will be able to define the term "shall" as it pertains to the UPC.


This course provides students with a working knowledge of the plumbing code application and plumbing fixtures as it applies to the plumbing and pipe fitting industry. Students will apply safety practices as it relates to on-the-job training. This course is required to meet the certificate requirements to become journeyman plumber.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate applying plumbing code required in the plumbing industry.
B. Demonstrate plumbing fixtures required in the plumbing industry.

Course Content

A. Plumbing code application
1. Basic plumbing code review
2. Formulas and tables
B. Plumbing fixtures
1. Knowledge of fixtures
2. Installation of fixtures
3. Mechanics

Lab Content

Students will work individually on applying math principles and concepts to the layout of piping systems in the lab:
A. Utilize math and geometry for pipe measurements
B. Use formulas for related math in the plumbing trades
C. Utilize metric measurements
D. Demonstrate instruments used 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. Plumbing Code Application and Plumbing Fixtures. 2020.

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. Applying plumbing code for the plumbing trades (Chapters 1-4)
2. Application of geometry for the plumbing trades (Chapters 3-4)
3. Utilizing instrumentation for plumbing (Chapters 1-2)
B. Writing assignments; examples include:
1. Using math calculations
2. Geometry of piping systems
3. Applying formulas for plumbing code in the pipe trades
4. Calculating metric measurements for piping system application