Plumbing (PLB) is a 60 semester hour program combining classroom theory with hands-on practice in the laboratory. Requirements for the certificate of completion include four academic courses totaling 12 semester hours and all required career technical courses. Students can also earn stackable short term certificates and industry certifications. This program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to prepare for successful entry-level employment in the plumbing industry.


  • Certificate
    • Plumbing

  • Short Term Certificate
    • Basic Pipe Joining Technique
    • R/C Water, Drain Waste, & Vent System
    • Plumbing Repair System

Industry Certification
National Career Readiness Credential
NCCER Plumbing Level 1
OSHA 10-hr General Industry Safety/Health

Estimated Program Length

Award Length Credit Hours
Short Term Certificate 1 semester 12
Certificate of Completion 4 semesters 60

Required Program Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
PLB111 Introduction to Plumbing 3
PLB112 Plumbing Applications 3
PLB113 Pipe & Fittings 3
PLB114 Joining Pipes & Fittings 3
PLB115 Pressure/Non-Pressure Systems 3
PLB116 Pressure/Non-Pressure Systems Apps. 3
PLB117 Plumbing Codes 3
PLB118 Code Applications 3
PLB119 Fund/Gas Piping Systems for Heating 3
PLB122 Special Projects: Gas Fitting Code 3
PLB211 Plumbing Repair and Installation 3
PLB212 Plumbing Repair and Installation Lab 3
PLB213 Process Piping 3
PLB214 Process Piping Applications 3
PLB217 Pumps and Compressors 3
PLB218 Pumps and Compressors Applications 3

Required Academic Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
DPT100 Introductory Computer Skills I 3
ENG100 Vocational Technical English 3
MAH101 Introductory Mathematics I 3
SPC103 Oral Communication Skills 3

Elective Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
PLB120 Special Project: Plumbing Code I 1
PLB121 Special Projects: Plumbing Code II 1

Electives may be offered to meet a student’s personal educational goals or for instructional purposes.


Program Contact

Mr. John Thompson, Instructor
Draper Instructional Service Center

Occupational Data*

Plumbers install and repair pipes that carry liquids or gases to, from, and within businesses, homes, and factories. Most states and localities require plumbers to be licensed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for plumbers was $52,590 in May 2017. Employment is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. New construction, building maintenance and repair will drive demand, with many job opportunities.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook