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Plumbing

plumbingOBJECTIVE: Upon completion, the student (if he/she is enrolled as a diploma student) will receive a diploma.

OBJECTIVE: Upon completion, the student (if he/she is enrolled as an apprentice) will receive a certificate of completion for Apprenticeship-Related Instruction.

Course Outline

Basic Technical Math (42 hrs.)
Advanced Technical Math (42 hrs.)
Architectural Drafting and Blueprint Reading (42 hrs.)
Industrial Maintenance Welding (45 hrs.)
Plumbing Practices I (42 hrs.)
Plumbing Practices II (42 hrs.)
Plumbing Practices III (42 hrs.)
Plumbing Practices IV (42 hrs.)
Plumbing Code (36 hrs.)
OSHA 10 & Industrial Health and Safety (21 hrs.)
Introduction to Computers (18 hrs.)
Human Relation Skills (21 hrs.)
Communication Skills (21 hrs.)
Supervisory Skills (21 hrs.)

Course Description

BASIC TECHNICAL MATH (2301)
Basic Technical Math presents the topics of arithmetic with whole numbers, common fractions, decimal fractions, percentage, measurement numbers, metric and English unit conversions, scientific notation, exponential operations and basic algebra - including the use of formulas and equation solving. The course is self-paced utilizing a text/workbook. Students may pretest to determine their skill level, with those meeting the competency level receiving credit for the course.

ADVANCED TECHNICAL MATH (2302)
This course is a continuation of Basic Technical Math with the added topics of practical plane geometry, practical solid geometry, practical triangle trigonometry and equation/quadratic equation solutions. The course is self-paced utilizing a text/workbook. Students may pretest to determine their skill level, with those meeting the competency level receiving credit for the course.
Prerequisite: 2301

ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING AND BLUEPRINT READING (8008)
This course is designed to aid the student in becoming more competent in his/her ability to read and interpret trade blueprints. This is accomplished by classroom discussions of the importance of effective communication, neatness, familiarity with construction techniques and related symbols; drafting equipment and materials; and standard procedures and techniques. Skills will also be developed by hands-on use of these learned components in reading a set of construction plans, including relevant architectural views, mechanical, heating, plumbing and electrical plans and associated descriptive text necessary to generate a set of working house plans.
Prerequisite: 2301

INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE WELDING (1906)
Students will learn the safe and correct procedure in three types of welding (arc, oxyacetylene and mig and tig welding). Topics covered will include welding safety, making sound welds, selecting filler metals, preparing metal for welding and procedures for all welding positions.

PLUMBING PRACTICES I (1404)
The course is designed to instill pride and proper attitude by teaching the history and the 23 basic principles involving plumbing codes and installation codes. Brief looks at the laws pertaining to plumbing, including the administration of those laws, are also presented during the course. Students will also learn the proper care and use of hand and power tools. Safety will also be a key component. The student will learn to identify and point out advantages with various pipes. The student shall be taught the various types of filling materials - and advantages - along with pipe-joining methods and plumbing laboratory fixtures.

PLUMBING PRACTICES II (1402)
The theory of water sources, including the advantages and disadvantages of each source, is included in this course. Building water supply systems - including service mains, branches and risers - will also be presented. Students will learn to use sizing tables and fixture units and learn to calculate pressure throughout the system in gravity and booster systems. The study of hot water systems will include the codes for installation, controls and safety equipment on automatic heaters, tankless heaters with mixing valves, flow controls and relief valves. Sewage disposal systems and the proper vents will also be covered.
Prerequisites: 2301, 1404

PLUMBING PRACTICES III (1406)
Students will study the theory of operation, along with characteristics involving residential, commercial, industrial, institutional fixtures and appliances. The sizing of water lines and drainage systems, rough-in measurements, venting and code requirements for residential fixtures will also be discussed. Bathroom layout and troubleshooting basic fixture problems are also included.
Prerequisites: 2301, 1402, 1404

PLUMBING PRACTICES IV (1407)
In this course, students will learn the repair and servicing of common residential, commercial and industrial fixtures. Students will also learn the repair and servicing of pumps, including sewage pumps, sump pumps, pneumatic ejectors, immersible pumps and jet pumps. The basic operation of heating systems (both gas and oil), including hot-water boilers, steam boilers, hydraulic systems, warm air systems and solar systems will also be explored. The maintenance of common heating systems, humidification systems and other heat producing appliances will be included as well.
Prerequisites: 2301, 1402, 1404, 1406

PLUMBING CODE (1403)
Upon the completion of this course, students will gain a fundamental knowledge of plumbing installation and design - along with a working knowledge in interpreting and applying the plumbing code. Topics to be addressed will include fundamentals of sanitary plumbing systems, terminology, plumbing code introduction and inspection problems within commercial, industrial and residential systems.
Prerequisites: 2301, 8008, 1402, 1404, 1406, 1407

OSHA 10 & INDUSTRIAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (2202)
This course will discuss and demonstrate the importance of understanding and applying Industrial Safety principles and practices in the work environment. This training includes defining and discussing safety concepts, terms, and definitions; recognizing best practices in accident prevention; understanding who is responsible for safety in the workplace and why. You will also learn how to recognize workplace safety hazards and how to deal with them. You will learn how to use specific tools in the workplace, what machine and chemical hazards are and how best to deal with them, and how to properly use personal protective clothing and related to PPE. OSHA 10 certification will be available.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS (3035)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of a personal computer. Topics covered include computer hardware and background (1st session), Windows basics (2nd, 3rd and 4th sessions) and a look at the four main areas of software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations - 5th and 6th sessions).

HUMAN RELATION SKILLS (2102)
This course will explore principles of human relations related to personal and occupational goals. Human relation principles to be explored include team skills, creative thinking, communications, goal setting, conflict management and self-image.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS (2106)
In this course, students will focus on communication as a survival skill in the workplace. We will learn how effective communication makes us better employees, employers and co-workers. We will study and practice the skills and oral and written communication. The goal of this course is to make students more perceptive and skillful speakers, listeners, readers and writers.

SUPERVISORY SKILLS (2105)
This course is designed for the prospective supervisor to develop the skills necessary to apply the principles of effective supervision on the job. The course covers the four functions of the management cycle (planning, organizing, directing and controlling), including ways of boosting productivity, communicating more effectively, handling problems, making correct decisions and reducing cost.

Mission

Massanutten Technical Center will provide high school and adult students with the skills, knowledge, and industry-based experiences necessary to attain success in career and community.

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