ABC Plumbing

A four-year apprenticeship program. Applications should be directed to Associated Builders and Contractors, 13825 Kirkham Way, Poway CA 92064; (858) 513-4700. Only students accepted as apprentices under Associated Builders and Contractors are eligible for enrollment in the following plumbing courses.

Student Learning Outcomes:

ABC Plumbing Apprenticeship students will:

  • Demonstrate preparedness for successful transition to the Journeyman level designation and professional certification by the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards for Plumbing.
  • Illustrate procedures utilized for ABC Plumbing Apprenticeship in use of tools techniques and hands-on skills and competencies for Journeyman-level practices in ABC Plumbing Apprenticeship.
  • Identify and utilize equipment and related components of plumbing to meet ABC Plumbing standards for measurement, calibration and ABC Plumbing practices at Journeyman levels.
  • Read, comprehend and apply plumbing instructions and design standards for construction or production outcomes as required by plumbing practices and industry standards.

Certificate of Achievement: Plumbing (Construction Trades) Apprenticeship

courses required for the majorUnits
PLBG 305 Introduction to Plumbing I3
PLBG 310 Introduction to Plumbing II 3
PLBG 315 Intermediate Plumbing I3
PLBG 320 Intermediate Plumbing II3
PLPF 330 Intermediate Pipefitting 
3
PLPF 335 Advanced Pipefitting
3
PLPF 340 Plumbing Code3

 
Total Units24

Associate in Science Degree Plumbing (Construction Trades) Apprenticeship:


 Associate in Science Degree Requirements: The Associate in Science degree is conferred upon successful completion of the required apprenticeship program of Associated Builders and Contractors. Proficiency in oxy-fuel cutting of straight, curved and bevel cuts, and shielded metal arc welding of mild steel plate is required for completion of the Plumbing Apprenticeship program. Welding proficiency can be achieved through non-credit courses offered through the San Diego Community College District Continuing Education division. Courses Required for the Major: Units

courses required for the majorUnits
PLBG 305 Introduction to Plumbing I3
PLBG 310 Introduction to Plumbing II 3
PLBG 315 Intermediate Plumbing I3
PLBG 320 Intermediate Plumbing II3
PLPF 330 Intermediate Pipefitting 
3
PLPF 335 Advanced Pipefitting
3
PLPF 340 Plumbing Code3

 
Total Units24

Additional general education and graduation requirements for the associate degree are listed in the Academic Requirements section of catalog. The associate degree requires a minimum of 60 units. 
Recommended electives: English 101.



305 Introduction to Plumbing I - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49 and Mathematics 38, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5, W5 and M30.
Limitation on Enrollment: Apprenticeship - Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course is not open to students with previous credit for Plumbing (Construction Trades) 60A, 105 or 160A.
This course is designed to give the plumbing apprentice student introductory information regarding OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) standards of safety and precautions for working on the construction site; a review of math as it relates to plumbing, hand and power tool usage, basic plumbing blueprint reading and basic rigging. This course is designed for students planning a career in the plumbing trade. This course is designed for students planning a career in the plumbing trade. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

310 Introduction to Plumbing II - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Plumbing (Construction Trades) 160A or 305, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Apprenticeship - Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course is not open to students with previous credit for Plumbing (Construction Trades) 60B, 110 or 160B.
This course is designed to give the plumbing apprentice student an introduction to reading and interpreting the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAMPO) uniform plumbing codes and residential plumbing drawings, identifying various types of pipe and the procedures for working with the pipe. This course also includes identification of various plumbing lines and their components. This course is designed for students planning a career in the plumbing trade. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

315 Intermediate Plumbing I - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Plumbing (Construction Trades) 160B or 310, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Apprenticeship - Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course is not open to students with previous credit for Plumbing (Construction Trades) 65A, 115 or 165A.
This course is designed to provide the intermediate plumbing apprentice student the knowledge of introductory plumbing math, the identification of various commercial drawings, the installation of Drain, Waste & Vent (DWV) piping components and systems for commercial properties utilizing local and National Plumbing Codes. This course is designed for students planning a career in the plumbing trade. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

320 Intermediate Plumbing II - 32 - 36 hours lecture, 48 - 64 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Plumbing (Construction Trades) 165A or 315, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Apprenticeship - Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course is not open to students with previous credit for Plumbing (Construction Trades) 65B, 120 or 165B.
This course is designed to give the intermediate plumbing apprentice student the ability to perform testing of water supply piping and systems, installation of the components of a water supply system, and the ability to read and interpret commercial plumbing drawings for project requirements according to local and national codes. The application of advanced trade math concepts is further developed. This course is designed for students planning a career in the plumbing trade. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

325 Advanced Plumbing I - 2 hours lecture, 3.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Plumbing (Construction Trades) 165B or 320, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Apprenticeship - Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course is not open to students with previous credit for Plumbing (Construction Trades) 70A, 125 or 170A.
This course is designed to provide the advanced plumbing apprentice student with the ability to perform applications of advanced math for plumbers and methods of handling waste. This course also provides information relating to water softening measures, methods of locating buried lines, the installation and maintenance of waste pressure booster systems, and the prevention of backflow. This course is designed for students planning a career in the plumbing trade. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

330 Advanced Plumbing II - 2 hours lecture, 3.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Plumbing (Construction Trades) 175B or 340, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Apprenticeship - Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course is not open to students with previous credit for Plumbing (Construction Trades) 70B, 130 or 170B.
This course is designed to provide the advanced plumbing apprentice student with the ability to organize job tasks, clean and disinfect potable water systems, thaw frozen pipes, install main to meter water services and solar systems. This course also covers the ability to rough-in fixtures for residential, commercial and handicapped settings and install natural gas and storm drainage systems. This course is designed for students planning a career in the plumbing trade. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

335 Plumbing Construction Specialties - 32 - 36 hours lecture, 48 - 64 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Plumbing (Construction Trades) 170B or 330, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Apprenticeship - Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course is not open to students with previous credit for Plumbing (Construction Trades) 75A, 135 or 175A.
This course is designed to introduce the plumbing apprentice student to specialty topics such as swimming pool installation, medical gas systems, mobile home and mobile home park plumbing systems, and private water waste and treatment systems. This course is designed for students planning a career in the plumbing trade. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

340 Plumbing Code - 32 - 36 hours lecture, 48 - 64 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Plumbing (Construction Trades) 170A or 325, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: Apprenticeship - Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade.
This course is not open to students with previous credit for Plumbing (Construction Trades) 75B or 175B.
This course is designed to prepare the advanced plumbing apprentice student to apply plumbing codes to correctly design and build plumbing systems. Primary topics include coverage of codes pertaining to plumbing fixtures and fittings, water heaters and fuel piping, drainage, waste and vent systems, sewage and reclaimed water systems, sizing and standards, shielded metal arc welding and alternate plumbing systems. This course is designed for students planning a career in the plumbing trade. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

349 Plumbing Work Experience - 300 hours lab, 4 units (Pass/No Pass Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be a state registered apprentice in this trade and concurrently enrolled in a related apprenticeship class.
This course consists of on-the-job learning experiences in the occupational field of plumbing trades. The combined maximum credit for all work experience courses from all disciplines may not exceed 16 units. AA/AS.