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Online Plumber School

Plumbing Estimated Time of Completion

Estimated Length of program:
2-4 months, self-paced

Plumbing Program Estimated Time of Completion

Program Goal:
To prepare students for a Plumbing Apprenticeship.

Program Outcomes

U.S. Career Institute’s online Plumber school trains students in the theoretical and practical skills that prepare them to work successfully in an apprentice position. Students learn the basics of plumbing and build skills that will prepare them for service. In this school for plumbing, they’ll discover how to troubleshoot and repair plumbing systems while maintaining the highest safety standards. From customer service skills to pipes and fixtures, our plumbing school online will prepare you for a plumbing apprenticeship.

The coursework trains students to:

  • Apply basic customer service principles to on-the-job situations.
  • Understand and apply safety standards and requirements.
  • Describe tools of the plumbing trade and their proper use.
  • Calculate solutions to equations for common plumbing math problems.
  • Compare and contrast piping types and joining methods.
  • Describe common plumbing fixtures, faucets, and valves.
  • Interpret plumbing drawings and sketches.


Instruction Pack I: Introduction to Plumbing

In Pack 1, you will be introduced to the field of professional plumbers and will learn how to set expectations for earning conditions, work conditions, personal qualities, and educational requirements. You will discover the tasks a plumber will perform and what a typical day on the job looks like. After learning about apprenticeship and licensing, including common apprenticeship standards, you'll study the importance of developing a good rapport and effective communication with clients, employers, supervisors, and vendors. You will learn how the importance of documentation applies in your dealings with customers and employers. You'll wrap up by exploring how ethics apply to the job performed by plumbers.

Study Guide: Plumbing Basics

Pack 2 is a Study Guide to accompany the textbook Plumbing: Level 1, Revised Fourth Edition. Pearson. 2019. In this Pack, you'll learn the causes (and impact) of on-the-job accidents. Identify methods for preventing these accidents, including safety precautions required for hand tools, power tools and work area safety. After learning the proper use of hand tools, including measuring, leveling, and cutting implements, you'll examine the proper use of power tools, including cutting, drilling, boring, threading, and soldering tools. You'll discover how a pipe is measured, from markup to fitting allowance, and calculate pipe length using various methods. Then, you'll learn how to interpret symbols and schematic diagrams, scale drawings and explain the role of specifications and codes for plumbing applications. After learning how to identify the types, uses, and properties of plastic pipes and fittings, you'll discover the special methods of joining plastic pipes. You'll know how to identify the different types of copper pipes, as well as the uses and properties of copper tubes and fitting. After examining cast-iron pipes and fittings, including hub-and-spigot and no-hub pipes, you'll learn methods for installing and testing cast-iron pipes. You'll continue by exploring the types, uses and properties of steel pipe before examining the materials used to make fixtures, including bathroom fixtures, water closets, urinals, kitchen features and other fixtures (including laundry features). This course will help you identify the major components of a DWV system and describe the functions of each, from traps and fittings to sewer installations and the plumbing codes that affect them. You'll discover the process by which water is distributed in municipal, residential, and private water systems. Finally, you'll look at various case studies to work through troubleshooting scenarios before you apply the knowledge you've acquired to real-world problems by completing the practicum.

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