Academic Catalog

Apprenticeship - Plumbing and Pipefitting

Program Description

Plumbing and Pipefitting Apprenticeship is offered in partnership with the UA Local 62 and the UA Local 467 Plumbers & Steamfitters. It is a 5-year registered apprenticeship program. The program provides students with in-class instruction and paid on-the-job training. Students will learn how to build, assemble, and maintain sophisticated piping systems in various industrial and residential facilities and will learn basic and advanced skills in plumbing and building mechanical systems related to new construction and remodels.

Per California Code of Regulations, this program is limited to students admitted to the UA Local 62 and the UA Local 467 Plumbers & Steamfitters.

Learn more about the program on the Apprenticeship website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to recognize and classify materials used in the plumbing industry.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate proper use and care of industry tools and equipment.
  • Students will be able to recognize and apply on-the-job safety standards.
  • Students will be able to assemble piping systems using the latest codes and industry standards.
  • Students will be able to draw, interpret, read plans in the plumbing industry.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be prepared to work as a Foreman, General Foreman, Superintendent, Project Manager, Estimator, Detailer, Building Trades Inspector, Building Trades Instructor, and Union Business Agent/Business Manager in the energy, biopharmaceutical, healthcare, aerospace, construction, housing, water treatment, and food and beverage processing industries.

Award Type(s)

  • AS = Associate in Science Degree
  • CA = Certificate of Achievement

Units Required

  • Major: 45-49
  • Certificate(s): 45-49

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
ESLL 26ADVANCED COMPOSITION & READING5
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
College-level math course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra

A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (45-49 units)


Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core courses used for the degree or certificate.

Core and Support Courses

Pathway #1 - UA Local 467 students:45
SAFETY/OSHA/TOOLS/HERITAGE/SERVICE
MATHEMATICS/SCIENCE FOR THE PLUMBING TRADE
CODE/WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS
DRAWING I FOR THE PLUMBING TRADE
DRAWING II FOR THE PLUMBING TRADE
WELDING/OXY-ACETYLENE TRAINING
STEAM SYSTEMS/RIGGING/PIPE FITTING & SERVICE
MEDICAL GAS/HYDRONICS/SIGNAL PERSON
ADVANCED DRAWING/LAYOUT FOR THE PLUMBING TRADES/UA FOREMAN TRAINING
CODE II/JUNIOR MECHANICS REVIEW & EXAM
Pathway #2 - UA Local 62 students:47.5-49
SF 401B INDUSTRIAL RIGGING
BASIC REFRIGERATION/HERITAGE/CFC/OSHA 10
PIPE FITTING WITH A CALCULATOR
HVAC TECH, CUSTOMER SERVICE
PIPE MATERIALS, SAFETY & TOOLS, SOLDERING & BRAZING
MATHEMATICS/RIGGING & SIGNALING
DRAWING INTERPRETATION & PLAN READING/SCIENCE
WELDING/OXYGEN-ACETYLENE
BASIC ELECTRICITY, ELECTRICAL CONTROLS FOR MECHANIC EQUIPMENT
PLUMBING SERVICE & REPAIR
PLUMBING CODE APPLICATION, PLUMBING FIXTURES
NATURAL GAS INSTALLATION, DRAINAGE
WATER SUPPLY, PATTERNS
MEDICAL GAS, REVIEW EXIT EXAM/FINAL EXAM
HYDRONICS/STEAM SYSTEMS/PUMPS
Total Units45-49

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Plumbing and Pipefitting Apprenticeship

Formerly: Certificate of Achievement in Plumbing/Pipefitting/Pipe Trades Apprenticeship

  • Units: 45-49

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.

Currently offered at: Monterey and San Mateo.