PLMB-110: Drains, Wastes, and Vents

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

Introduces the Michigan State Plumbing Code and the proper selection of materials for the installation and repair of sewer, soil, waste, and vents systems. Covers proper procedures for the design, sizing, and construction of residential plumbing systems. Introduces commercial systems and plumbing cross-connections. The use of blueprints and isometric diagrams are reviewed throughout the course. Also includes how to test plumbing systems in their various stages.

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. Candidates will learn foundation of skills and understandings of the fundamentals, equipment and procedures relative to sewer, soil, waste and vent systems. Develop 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 plumbing principles.
  2. Plumbing blueprint reading, symbols, and application of isometrics.
  3. Plumbing materials used in residential and commercial applications, special fittings, and specific materials restrictions as per codes.
  4. Specialty plumbing tools for installation of no-hub, cast-iron, and flexible plumbing.
  5. Gas piping in buildings, materials and safety applications, and sizing procedures for gas branches and mains.
  6. Sizing of storm and sanity drains.
  7. Joining and installation procedures for drains and sizing procedures for roof and parking lot drains.
  8. Plumbing fixtures, application and installation procedures, plumbing traps, types and restrictions, and sizing of water supply piping.
  9. Specialty fixtures, water fountains, slop sinks, hot water heaters, and installation procedures for specialty fixtures.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the proper layout of plumbing systems.*
  2. Design building drains, vent, and water distribution systems using sizing tables.*
  3. Define techniques for renovating plumbing systems.*
  4. Define the proper techniques for testing back-flow preventers.
  5. Discuss and describe the proper procedures for doing material take-offs from blueprints.
  6. Demonstrate the use of isometric diagrams for plumbing pipe-fitting systems.*
  7. Perform practical shop exercises in the proper layout and design of sewer, soil, waste and vent systems.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

All students will be required to complete a comprehensive final examination that assesses the learning of all course objectives. This exam must be weighted in a manner so that this exam score is worth a minimum of fifteen percent of the final course grade. This exam is to be a common exam administered to all sections of TAPP 110.

Effective Term
Summer 2014