Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Plumbing

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Plumbing program is designed to provide knowledge and skills in the residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional plumbing trade. Course work includes safety, material selection, installation of plumbing systems, basic and advanced plumbing calculations and principles of science. Students will also be competent in sources and treatment of public, private, and individual gas, water, heating, waste, and specialized piping systems, cross connection protection, blueprint reading and plumbing code. Additional related training will include basic electricity and troubleshooting related to the plumbing trade.


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Field of Interest: 
Applied Technology
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.

Program Accreditation/Certification or Licensure Information:
Journeyman status through the Arizona Department of Commerce, Apprenticeship Services Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

Admission criteria

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

Academic Plan: 
Construction Trades - Mechanical Trades: Plumbing (CER)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students need to select the appropriate apprenticeship program option:
Option 1: Students should select from twenty-four (24) to forty-eight (48) credits from the following courses based on their apprenticeship standing upon program enrollment and in consultation with Interstate Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Apprenticeship Program Coordinator.
IMC112Introduction to Mechanical Trades Construction6
IMC114Overview of Mechanical Trades: Sheet Metal, Pipefitting, Plumbing6
IMC122Multiple Trades cross Training: Tubes, Fittings and Piping Systems6
IMC124Multiple Trades Cross Training: Standards6
IMC231Mechanical Trades Construction: Plumbing Intermediate Principles and Concepts6
IMC236Mechanical Trades Construction: Plumbing Advanced Principles and Concepts6
IMC241Mechanical Trades Construction: Plumbing Advanced Skill Building6
IMC246Mechanical Trades Construction: Plumbing Advanced Applications and Techniques6
Option 2: Students should select from twenty (20) to forty (40) credits from the following courses based on their apprenticeship standing upon program enrollment and in consultation with Metro Phoenix Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors (MPHCC) Apprenticeship Program Coordinator.
MEC105Residential and Industrial Plumbing I5
MEC107Residential and Industrial Plumbing II5
MEC108Residential and Industrial Plumbing III5
MEC118Residential and Industrial Plumbing IV5
MEC205Residential and Industrial Plumbing V5
MEC207Residential and Industrial Plumbing VI5
MEC208Residential and Industrial Plumbing VII5
MEC218Residential and Industrial Plumbing VIII5
  • 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, IMC124, 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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