Please Note: The Plumbing Program is now at capacity for Fall 2016. To be added to the waitlist please email [email protected].

The Plumbing Design program is a three-year discipline intended to provide students with a practical understanding of the NYC Plumbing Code, advanced plumbing theory, and plumbing design concepts as they apply to the field of construction. The core courses for the first year of the program focus on NYC code compliance, where the students are exposed to technical requirements mandated by the Department of Buildings.

Subsequent courses provide a thorough exposure to plumbing estimating, technical drafting, and blueprint reading. The program is rounded out with rigorous course work in plumbing design. Throughout the program, students are able to “personalize” their instruction by choosing elective courses that they find relevant to their current employment and future career objectives.

Who should enroll in the Plumbing Design program?
Individuals employed as plumbers’ helpers, as well as those working in any of the diverse fields that rely on an integral understanding of plumbing, heating, and sanitary systems. Those working in the plumbing field in a managerial or supervisory capacity will also benefit from the thorough understanding of plumbing theory provided by this program.

Vocational Mathematics
Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code I
Visual Communication
Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code II
Practical Physics
Plumbing Theory I
Plumbing Theory II
Blueprint Reading for Plumbers
Plumbing Design I
Plumbing Design II
Introduction to AutoCAD

Vocational Mathematics This course is a prerequisite for students entering the Electrical Technology or HVAC Systems Technology programs. The educational objective of this course is to enable those employed in said trades to solve the problems that may arise in their daily work. The basics of arithmetic, the use of formulas, and the simple applications of algebra and geometry, form the basis of the work in this course. Co-requisite: PL 101 – Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code

Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code I The course covers the fundamentals of sanitary and wastewater drainage and vent systems, domestic hot and cold water systems and natural gas systems. The students will be introduced to drafting procedures as applied to the preparation of plumbing floor plans and elevation drawings as a means of understanding and reading contract documents and shop drawings. The course includes an overview of the Plumbing Code with respect to location and content of the various disciplinary requirements. Co-requisite: MA VOC – Vocational Mathematics, or VC 101 Visual Communication

Visual Communication This course is a requisite for students entering the Plumbing Technology and HVAC Systems programs. The educational objective of this course is to provide students with a working familiarity with drafting tools and their use. They will learn the use of equipment such as T- squares, triangles, scales, and compasses. Students will enhance their understanding of their trade by assignments in rendering art, plans, and visual concepts that communicate the architect’s or contractor’s perception. Co-requisite: PL 102 – Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code II

Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code II This course continues with subjects on the fundamentals of the plumbing systems. The students will be required to prepare plumbing floor plans and elevation drawings of a low rise building in order to visualize and understand the various components of the systems.
Prerequisite: PL 101 – Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code I VC PL1 Visual Communication

Practical Physics This course is a prerequisite for students entering the Electrical Technology or Plumbing Design Programs. The educational objective of this course is to re-familiarize students with the principles of physics which govern the processes of their industries. Course topics include lectures and experiments in energy, pressure, heat, fluids, and motion.

Plumbing Theory I This course introduces the student to the design of the plumbing and fire standpipe systems, including drafting layouts, application of the New York City Plumbing Code, with special emphasis on sizing, system perimeters and regulatory requirements, and lectures on the basic principles of hydraulics as applied to the flow of liquids and gases in a piping system. Prerequisite: PL 102 – Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code II

Plumbing Theory II This course is a continuation of second year design and layout of plumbing and fire standpipe systems. The course will examine more detail in the design of high-rise multi-zone building with special emphasis on equipment selection for fire pumps, booster pumps, water heaters, and storm water drainage system design including site and roof retention and detention. Prerequisite: PL 201 – Plumbing Theory I

Blueprint Reading for Plumbers  The educational objective of this course is to introduce the plumbing student to the skills of understanding and reading plumbing-related blueprints and construction drawings, and to coordinate the information represented by each type of drawing.

Plumbing Design I An advanced third year in design of plumbing and fire standpipe systems, including shop- drawing layouts with slot and sleeve placement, and location and elevations with respect to benchmarks and building axis lines. The course will cover pressure ratings concerning the gravity and pneumatic pressure tanks for domestic water and fire protection systems. Prerequisite: PL 202 – Plumbing Theory II

Plumbing Design II This course continues with the focus on plumbing layout and fire protection systems. The course will cover the minimum code requirements for the design of low and high rise buildings and will explore and compare the cost implications of designing plumbing systems in excess of such minimum requirements, and the potential for any long term savings as a result of the implementation of more stringent construction procedures with respect to such systems. Prerequisite: PL 301 – Plumbing Design I

Introduction to AutoCAD The educational objective of this course is to teach the student with a working knowledge of computers the fundamentals of Computer Aided Design (CAD), utilizing AutoCAD. The course focuses on the principles and conventions of CAD as used by the drafting/engineering professional, including Drawing Tools, Polylines, Layers, Text and Dimensioning.