Mechanics Institute’s is now accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester. The application deadline is Friday, August 13th.
For more information on how to enroll at the Mechanics Institute, please visit this page of The General Society Website
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Plumbing Systems is a two-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 a sample Plumbing Systems Two-Year Curriculum:
First Year- Fall Semester
Introduction to NYC Plumbing Code I
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.
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.
First Year- Spring Semester
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.
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
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.
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.
Second Year- Spring Semester
Plumbing Theory I
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.
Introduction to AutoCAD
The educational objective of this course is to teach the student with a working knowledge of computers the fundamentals of Computer-Assisted Design (CAD), utilizing AutoCAD. The course focuses on the principles and conventions of CAD as used by the drafting/engineering professional, including Drawing Tools, Poly-lines, Layers, Text, and Dimensioning.