Plumbing Basics

Course Number: CT 111
Transcript Title: Plumbing Basics
Created: March 25, 2021
Updated: March 25, 2021
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

MTH 60 or MTH 98, RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Explores basic skills needed to assist with installation and repair of plumbing systems. Introduces plumbing plans and drawings, measuring for plumbing materials and safe operation of plumbing tools. Prerequisites: MTH 60 or MTH 98, RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit Available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Cite codes and safety measures that govern the installation of plumbing systems.
  2. Properly operate plumbing tools.
  3. Assist with the design and installation of a plumbing system.
  4. Measure and calculate plumbing materials needed for a job.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcomes are assessed through a combination of hands-on and written assessments.  Priority is given to hands-on proficiency based assessment in an environment that requires demonstration of skills necessary for success in industry.

Texts and Materials

Modern Carpentry, 12th Edition, Wagner, Smith

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Outcome #1: Cite codes and safety measures that govern the installation of plumbing systems.
  • Understand necessity of adhering to plumbing code standards
  • Explain repercussions if standards are not followed
  • Compare the differences between codes from different communities
Outcome #2: Properly operate plumbing tools.
  • Proper and successful use of a compression fitting in creating a compression joint.
  • Proper and successful use of a pipe cutter and disconnect clip to make a fitting connection
  • Proper and successful use of a propane torch to sweat solder copper
  • Proper and successful use of a tubing cutter to cut and ream tubing
  • Proper and successful use of a pipe wrench to tighten and/or remove a pipe
Outcome #3: Assist with the design and installation of a plumbing system.
  • Be familiar with plumbing materials and terminology.
  • Identify symbols that represent plumbing devices and fixtures
  • Draw a plumbing system
  • Read and interpret plumbing system plans in order to translate into installation tasks.
Outcome #4: Measure and calculate plumbing materials needed for a job.
  • Find one side of a right-angle triangle
  • Compute the lengths of pipe offsets
  • Read and interpret plumbing system plans in order to generate a needed parts list