Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Plumbing

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Plumbing degree is designed to provide apprentices and journeymen with a broadened educational background and leadership skills so that students completing the associate degree program may be better equipped to enter supervisory and managerial positions.


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Field of Interest: 
Applied Technology
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2018 Summer
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Admission criteria

Registered apprentice status in the state of Arizona with a trade-specific sponsoring organization.

Academic Plan: 
Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Plumbing (DEG)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Certificate of Completion in Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Plumbing (5536) (20-48) [Option 1: 24-48 or Option 2: 20-40]
BPC/CIS+++++Any BPC Business-Personal Computers or CIS Computer Information Systems course(s)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should choose zero (0) to fifteen (15) credits from the following list of courses to complete a minimum of 60 credits for the AAS degree based on their apprenticeship standing upon program enrollment and in consultation with Apprenticeship-Program Coordinator. Any 100-200 level prefixed courses may be selected, except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area.
BPC+++++Any BPC Business Personal Computers course(s)
CAD+++++Any CAD Computer Aided Drafting course(s)
CNS+++++Any CNS Construction course(s)
ELC+++++Any ELC Electronics course(s)
EPS+++++Any EPS Entrepreneurial Studies course(s)
OSH+++++Any OSH Occupational Safety and Health course(s)
WLD+++++Any WLD Welding Technology course(s)
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent by assessment on District Placement Exam0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Equivalent course or satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4
  • Apply knowledge of business-personal computers to the business setting. (BPC/CIS+++++)
  • Meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for trades workplace safety obligations of supervisors, office and field personnel including hazardous chemicals, first aid, CPR and personal safety. (IMC112, IMC114, IMC246, MEC105, MEC107)
  • Review the history, work performed, responsibilities, career opportunities and safety principles associated with pipefitting, plumbing, and sheet metal trades. (IMC114)
  • Determine and identify causes and results of accidents, hazards and impact of accident costs. (IMC112)
  • Explain use and function of materials, load ratings and equipment used in basic rigging to move materials and equipment including review of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hand signals. (IMC112, IMC114)
  • Identify effective verbal, written communication techniques including effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills, industry computer systems, and work place issues including sexual harassment, stress and substance abuse. (IMC112, IMC114)
  • Perform basic and advanced calculations related to the trades including formulas and instruments. (IMC112, IMC124, IMC231, IMC236, IMC241, MEC105, MEC107, MEC207)
  • Identify and select the proper hand tools including hammers, saws, levels, pullers, clamps, drills, grinders, sanders for specific uses. (IMC112, IMC114, MEC105)
  • Describe the inspection and care of trades hand tools including hammers, saws, levels, pullers, clamps, drills, grinders, sanders. (IMC112, IMC114, MEC105)
  • Demonstrate safe methods for placement and installation of various types of copper tube, carbon steel and plastic pipe and piping systems, hangers, supports, thermal expansion and insulation including installation of pipe sleeves and floor penetrations. (IMC114, IMC122, IMC236)
  • Apply hazard and safety procedures associated with the use and assembly of ladders, scaffolds and lighting. (IMC114, IMC122, IMC124)
  • Discuss the principles, and techniques as they relate to plumbing fixtures, valves, faucets, pipe/valve components, application, and repair, air distribution systems installation/maintenance, sealants, lifts and identify specific in-line specialty equipment for pipefitting including purpose and function. (IMC114, IMC231, MEC105)
  • Prepare, read and interpret blueprints, isometric, civil, architectural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and fire drawings, detail sheets and field sketches including parts and types of drawings, materials, specifications and special treatments. (IMC112, IMC114, IMC231, MEC107, MEC108, MEC207, MEC208, MEC218)
  • Discuss general considerations, leaks, drainage, installation, repair, maintenance, gas piping/code requirements, basic electricity and troubleshooting, lay out and fabrication of architectural sheet metal components of roof drainage system, and service for residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional systems. (IMC122, IMC 124, IMC231, IMC236, IMC246, MEC108, MEC118, MEC205, MEC207, MEC208)
  • Explain how to identify piping systems according to color codes including use and function of compressed air, fuel oil, steam, water supply systems, and safe handling techniques for fuel gas and oil systems. (IMC122, IMC231, IMC236, IMC241)
  • Explain how Drain, Waste and Vent (DWV) systems remove waste including the function of pipes, drains, traps, vents, sewers, corrosive waste piping, and sewer drains and the application of hub-and-spigot and no-hub cast iron pipe fittings. (IMC122 IMC124, IMC236, IMC241)
  • Discuss use and purpose of material takeoffs and approved submittal data. (IMC231)
  • Identify different types of backflow prevention devices including their use, function, and installation. (IMC236)
  • Discuss hydraulic and plumbing theory related to pumps. (MEC218)
  • Discuss procedures for planning daily work activities including coordinating with other crafts, establishing safe working conditions and field checking including non-destructive examination (NDE) of materials, accounting, project estimating, cost control. (IMC112, IMC241, IMC246)
  • Review and assemble components of a water pressure booster and recirculation system. (IMC246)
  • Identify basic types of hydronic and solar heating systems and their components. (IMC246)
  • Demonstrate how to diagnose and repair servicing piping systems, fixtures, and appliances. (IMC246)
  • Describe the effects of corrosion, freezing, and hard water. (IMC246)

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