Registration for Plumbing Systems is now closed. Enrollment will open in June 2019.


Plumbing Systems is a three-year educational program for individuals currently employed in the field. Classes are taught Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.

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.

Please view the Plumbing Systems Three-Year Curriculum. 

First Year- Fall Semester

PL 101- Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code II

Prerequisites: High School Diploma, or GED

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 to visualize and understand the various components of the systems.
Prerequisite: PL 101 – Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code I VC PL1 Visual Communication

PL 102- Plumbing Theory I

Prerequisites: High School Diploma, or GED

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.

First Year- Spring Semester

PL 103- Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code II

Prerequisites: PL 101, PL 102

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.

PL 104- Visual Communication

Prerequisites: PL 101, PL 102

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.

Second Year- Fall Semester

PL 202- Blueprint Reading for Plumbers

Prerequisites: PL 103, PL 104

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.

Second Year- Spring Semester

PL 203- Estimating

Prerequisites: PL 202

Learn all aspects of plumbing, such as a residential and commercial system, the most common plumbing materials and methods, subsystems and component, pricing quantities for an estimate and calculating markup. Also, students will learn about preparing bids, best techniques for using means plumbing cost data, sample takeoff and estimate forms, and budget and assemblies estimating.

PL 204- Plumbing Theory II

Prerequisites: PL 202

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 a special emphasis on equipment selection for fire pumps, booster pumps, water heaters, and stormwater drainage system design including site and roof retention and detention.

Third Year- Fall Semester

PL 301- Fire Suppression

Prerequisites: PL 203, PL 204

An overview of New York City fire sprinkler and standpipe code requirements. A review of building construction and commodity classification and fire chemistry. A breakdown of NFPA 13 with focus on chapters related to design and installation of fire sprinkler system. Analysis of NFPA 13 sprinkler spacing and obstruction rules. Student NICET Level 1 water-based systems layout preparedness.

PL 302- Introduction to AutoCAD

Prerequisites: PL 203, PL 204

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.

Third Year- Spring Semester

PL 303- Plumbing Design I

Prerequisites: PL 301, PL 302

An advanced third year in the 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.

PL 304- Intermediate AutoCAD

Prerequisites: PL 301, PL 302

The educational objective of this course is to assist the student who has successfully completed CD I in acquiring intermediate skills in CAD. The course will cover all areas required for the student to produce professional quality two-dimensional drawings. Topics covered include Drawing Setup, Customizing AutoCAD, Scripts, Menus, Diesel, and Auto LISP Basics.