PLMB-101: Fundamentals of Plumbing and Pipefitting

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Energy Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Plumbing & Pipefitting
Course Number
Course Title
Fundamentals of Plumbing and Pipefitting
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces plumbing principles. Topics include the proper selection of materials for installation and repair of gas, domestic water, sewer, soil, waste, vent systems, and various pipefitting systems. Utilizes blueprints and isometric diagrams throughout the course. Some laboratory activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement
    To provide students with knowledge and skills to understand and develop the proper procedures utilized in the selection of materials for the installation and repair of sewer, soil, waste, and vent systems. Understandings of the fundamentals and equipment and procedures relative to sewer, soil, waste and vent systems. Be able to use critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in addressing the procedures, safety issues, and planning to complete successful residential and commercial systems.
Core Course Topics
  1. Safety and introduction to plumbing principles.
  2. Plumbing and pipfitting blueprint reading, symbology, and application of isometric drawings.
  3. Plumbing and pipefitting materials used in residential and commercial applications, special fittings, and specific materials restrictions as per codes.
  4. Specialty plumbing and pipefitting tools for installation of no-hub, cast-iron, and flexible plumbing.
  5. Introduction to gas piping in buildings, materials and safety, and sizing procedures for gas branches and mains.
  6. Calculations for the sizing of storm and sanitary drains.
  7. Joining and installation procedures for drains and sizing procedures for roof and parking lot drains.
  8. Plumbing and pipefitting fixtures, application and installation procedures, plumbing traps, types, and restrictions.
  9. Specialty fixtures and their installation including water fountains, slop sinks, and hot tub heaters.
  10. Testing and inspecting plumbing and pipefitting systems, and principles of rough and finish plumbing.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

 1. Explain the proper layout of plumbing systems.

2. Select the proper size building drains and vents using  the Michigan State Plumbing Codes.

3. Select the proper materials for installing various pipe-fitting systems.

4. Apply the proper techniques for repair of hot-water systems.*

5. Discuss and describe the proper procedures for doing material take-offs from blueprints.

6. Demonstrate the use of isometric diagrams related to plumbing/pipefitting.

7. Solve practical shop exercises in the proper layout and design of sewer, soil, waste, and vent systems.*

8. Demonstrate the selection and proper use of tools.

9. Demonstrate the use of hsop math in the piping grade.

10. Solve practical math problems used in piping systems.*

11. Demonstrate being able to find information quickly from a reference source.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date