Plumbing Technician


This program is designed to provide the student with the skill and knowledge necessary to work in the Plumbing field. Graduates will be prepared to confront the continuous challenges that their profession brings and will be able to aspire to higher positions in their companies.

Program Description

This Program will cover basic areas in Administration, Business, Communications, Plumbing Knowledge, Fixtures and Faucets, Water Supply Systems, Water Heating, Drain, Waste and Vent Systems, System Sizing, Gas and Troubleshooting, and a basic tool as Computer Drafting. It is also oriented to gain a full knowledge of the State of Florida Code requirements.

Entrance Requirements or Prerequisites

The student must have a High School Diploma or its recognized equivalent (GED). Students who do not have a High School Diploma, or who have not passed the General Education Development (GED) Test, but are beyond the compulsory age of education in the State of Florida, and who have demonstrate that they posses Ability to Benefit (ATB) from the training offered must pass the ATB exam with a minimum score of 14/50 for the Scholastic Level IV entrance exam.


3 Terms - 47 CR/HR, 1260 CO/HR + 60Hrs outside works, 63 weeks.

Program Outline  
PLB-100Basics in Plumbing260-60-
PLB-110Green Building Basics260-60-
PLB-201Plumbing Knowledge5100201206
PLB-202Fixtures and Faucets5100201206
PLB-203Water Supply Systems480401206
PLB-301Water Heating5100201207.5
PLB-401Drainage, Waste and Vent Systems5100201207.5
PLB-402Systems Sizing480401207.5
PLB-501Gas and Troubleshooting5100201206
PLB-601Computer Drafting46060120-
PLB-602Blue Print and Specifications480401207.5
PLB-603Safety and Regulation260-606
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1 - Books and supplies are purchased by the student

2 - This program requires 60 clock hours of outside work

Course Description  

PLB-100 Basics in Plumbing

An introductory course designed to show the students some history of Plumbing from the beginning and the Fundamentals of Administration, Licenses, Business, Definitions and Terms using in Plumbing Technology, Communications and Accounting.

PLB- 110 Green Building Basics

Course offers an overall introduction to basic concepts of green building systems by understanding sustainability principles and whole building approach toward building construction, suppliers and material selection. It also explains USGBC LEED and NAHB guidelines. Finally, it explains national green building standards.

PLB-201 Plumbing Knowledge

This section covers the basic concepts of plumbing, including tools of the trade, safety regulations, general rules and personal protection equipment, first aids, pipes, categories and uses, valves and functions, common types of fittings, blueprints basics, reading sketches, types of drawings, dimensioning, views, symbols and abbreviations, drafting tools, trade math, systems of measurement, conversions, calculations areas and volumes.

PLB-202 Fixtures and Faucets

The subject of this section is the common fixture types, specialty fixtures, parts and connections, air gap and backflow, overflow, fixture installation, garbage disposals.

PLB-203 Water Supply Systems

This section is an introduction to primary sources of drinking water, rainwater, underground water, wells, surface water, water cycle, private and public water systems, pumps, pressure switch, pressure tank, water pressure, hydrostatic pressure, water hammer and shock absorbers, protecting the water supply, cross connections, water service, water distribution system, underground regulations, installation, water distribution, hanger uses and piping practices.

PLB-301 Water Heating

This sections covers the theory and principles of water heating, boiling point, normal atmospheric pressure, measures used, British thermal unit, high-altitude water heating, types of electric water heaters, types of gas water heaters, solar water heating, installations, connections, drain of storage tank, devices, commercial applications, expansion tanks and relief valves.

PLB-401 Drainage, Waste, and Vent Systems

This section focus on the drainage, waste and vent system including sewage disposal, parts of the system, public and private sewer systems, septic tank, drain field, distribution box, building drain and sewer, cleanouts, branches, types of vents, considerations, interceptors and traps, loss of trap seals, siphon age, back pressure, capillary attraction, evaporation, sand interceptor, grease trap, floor drains and carriers, layout considerations, installations, backfilling, testing a DWV system, working with DWG plastic pipe, roof drain systems, storm drain systems, sewer and drain cleaning, closet auger, cleaning small-diameter drains, cleaning larger drains and sewers, drain cleaning considerations.

PLB-402 System Sizing

This section covers an overview of drainage system sizing, including drainage fixture unit to size pipe, bathroom groups, sizing specialized piping, branch, sizing table procedures, vent sizing.

PLB-501 Gas and troubleshooting

This section covers basic sizing methods used to provide adequate natural gas supply to appliances and equipment using specific sizing methods as velocity limitation. It includes friction loss in pipes, water velocity and load values assigned to fixtures. Also it is an approach of some works regarding troubleshooting of electric water heaters, high-limit device, upper and lower thermostat, heating elements, electrical source, electrical test, gas water heaters, well pumps, toilets.

PLB-601 Computer Drafting

An introduction to windows components, drafting tools, drawing 2d and 3d objects, editing objects, getting organized with layers, blocks, groups, Xrefs, design center, creating text, using dimensions, gathering information, laying out and printing the drawing.

PLB-602 Blue Print and Specifications

A course which prepares the apprentice to supervise a complete plumbing installation using commercial plumbing drawings. This course provides with the skills for using plumbing blueprints. It demonstrates how this information can be used to understand layout drainages, storm and water supplies piping. Terminology and symbols associated with blueprint reading for building are introduced. Students learn how to read and create technical sketches, such as working, assembly and piping drawings, as well as reviewing code requirements and other skill like scale, views, Included is a discussion of projection and dimensioning systems, sectional views and geometric tolerances.

PLB-603 Safety and Regulation

In this general awareness course you will learn about safety concerns related to entry into an oxygen deficient atmosphere (confined space), fire or explosion (by introducing an ignition or flame source into a hazardous environment), falls, cave-in of an excavated area and other safety concerns that arise in situations commonly encountered in plumbing operations.

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