Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology
The Associate in Science in Plumbing Technology degree program is conducted in partnership with the Pipe Trades Training Center apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship program is five years in duration, requiring a minimum of 9,000 hours of on-the-job training. After 5 years of classroom instruction and paid work experience, students are recognized as journeypersons within the Pipe Trades industry, working to protect the health and safety of the community by piping pure water to commercial and industrial buildings for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning, manufacturing or personal use, and removing waste water after it has served its purpose. Students earning an associate degree increase their marketability and employment opportunities. Enrollment in apprenticeship courses is limited to apprentices registered with the California Division of Apprenticeships Standards, according to the California Labor Code, Section 3074.3.
The apprenticeship program, which includes coursework, lab work and on-the-job training, involves learning about the assessment, installation, maintenance, and repair of different types of pipe systems, effective and safe tool use, material applications, related mathematics and science and storage. Students will learn to read blueprints, apply layout and install, as well as estimate and repair both supply and waste water systems. The Associate in Science in Plumbing Technology degree builds on the Certificate of Achievement in Plumbing Technology by adding requirements for general education courses and electives.
Students are admitted to the Pipe Trades Training Center apprenticeship program based on obtaining a passing (75%) score on the Pipe Trades Entrance Exam, which measures the student's ability in math and mechanical reasoning. Students who pass the entrance exam are selected from an applicant waiting list, the order of which is established by the date the entrance exam was taken and the test score.
Learn more about the program on the Apprenticeship website.
Program Learning Outcomes
- In compliance with applicable standards and codes, students will demonstrate ability to install and remove plumbing systems such as drain waste and ventilation systems, systems for various industrial fluids, public or private water systems and gas piping systems.
- In compliance with applicable standards and codes, students will demonstrate ability to maintain, extend, and/or alter plumbing systems, including drain waste and ventilation systems, systems for various industrial fluids, public or private water systems and gas piping systems.
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.
- AS = Associate in Science Degree
- CA = Certificate of Achievement
- Major: 67.5
- Certificate(s): 67.5
Associate Degree Requirements
|Select one of the following:|
|ENGL 1A||COMPOSITION & READING||5|
|ENGL 1AH||HONORS COMPOSITION & READING||5|
& ENGL 1T
|INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING|
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
|Select one of the following:|
|MATH 105||INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA||5|
|MATH 180||QUANTITATIVE REASONING||5|
|or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking|
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 (67.5 units)
Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.
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
|APPT 129||SPECIAL TOPICS||3.5|
|APPT 130||REVIEW & TURNOUT||3.5|
|APPT 131||P-101 BASIC PLUMBING SKILLS||7.5|
|APPT 132||P-102 APPLIED & RELATED THEORY||7|
|APPT 133||P-201 BEGINNING DRAWING & DESIGN||5|
|APPT 134A||P-202A RIGGING; LAYOUT||2.5|
|APPT 134B||INDUSTRIAL SAFETY||4.5|
|APPT 135A||P-301A PLUMBING FIXTURES||2.5|
|APPT 135B||P-301B PLUMBING CODES||4.5|
|APPT 136||P-302 ADVANCED TRADE MATH FOR PLUMBERS||7|
|APPT 137A||P-401A WATER SYSTEMS||4.5|
|APPT 137B||P-401B APPLIED WELDING||1.5|
|APPT 138||P-402 ADVANCED DRAWING & BLUEPRINT READING||7|
|APPT 139A||PROCESS PIPING||3.5|
|APPT 139B||MEDICAL GAS INSTALLATIONS||3.5|
Note: Additionally, students who complete the core courses will satisfy Foothill GE Area II, English; Area III, Natural Sciences; Area IV, Social & Behavioral Sciences; Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking; Area VI, United States Cultures & Communities; and Area VII, Lifelong Learning.
Certificate of Achievement in Plumbing Technology
- Units: 67.5
The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.
Currently offered at: San Jose.