Industrial Plumbing and Pipefitting
Block D20


40 hours

  What Students Learn:
The eight lessons in this block provide the trainee with the skills and knowledge needed to perform those tasks associated with the trades of plumber and pipefitter. The program includes coverage of the most widely accepted materials used for pipe, fittings, and valves. The trainee will learn how to use the tools of the trades, with an emphasis on safety. In addition, the methods used to join pipe, and the procedures for supporting, installing, and testing piping systems, are discussed in detail. Common plumbing fixture installation and maintenance, along with a review of tanks, pumps, and boilers, are covered.

  Special Notes:
This updated course replaces Industrial Plumbing and Pipefitting, Block D10. Each study unit contains a progress examination.

The Trades of Plumbing and Pipefitting (286040)
Pipes, Fittings, and Valves (286041)
Plumbing and Pipefitting Tools (286042)
Joining and Assembling Pipes (286043)
Supporting, Installing, and Testing Pipes (286044)
Plumbing Fixtures and Appliances (286045)
Tanks, Pumps, and Boilers (286046)
Insulation for Piping and Ducting (286047)



The Trades of Plumbing and Pipefitting


  • Identify the differences between "plumbing" and "pipefitting."
  • Discuss the basic concepts of codes and standards.
  • Relate information about the different types of mechanical systems in buildings.
  • Demonstrate basic skills for blueprint reading.
  • Identify the terms: blueprints, architectural drawings, working drawings, manufacturers' specifications and job specifications.
  • Relate the basic concepts of blueprint reading.
  • Use a measuring scale.
  • Identify symbols and abbreviations used on working drawings.
  • Locate specifications pertaining to a specific material or system.
  • Explain how different types of plumbing and piping systems are categorized.


    Pipes, Fittings, and Valves


  • Identify and classify the different types of material that are used to manufacture pipes, fittings, and valves.
  • List the characteristics of the various types of pipes, fittings, and valves available.
  • Classify and identify pipe "markings."
  • Know how to "read" a fitting for ordering purposes.
  • Identify the various types of valves and know their components.
  • Perform basic valve maintenance and know proper installation techniques.
  • Select and specify pipes, fittings, and valves for a particular application.


    Plumbing and Pipefitting Tools


  • Identify the various tools available for various tasks by appearance.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of job safety and tool safety.
  • Identify the tools required to join and assemble pipes of different material composition.
  • Determine when and how to use pipe-joint assembly tools.
  • Identify the tools required to perform layout, cutting, and boring tasks.
  • Identify the tools needed for testing and maintaining piping systems.
  • Determine when and how to use finishing, testing, and maintenance tools for piping systems.


    Joining and Assembling Pipes


  • List necessary precautions to be taken when working with materials or procedures to join pipes.
  • Cut pipe lengths manufactured from the various pipes materials, as required by a piping system layout.
  • Prepare and assemble the various pipe joints you learned earlier.
  • Identify the materials, tools, and equipment needed for pipe.
  • Perform basic pipe welding tasks.


    Supporting, Installing, and Testing Pipes


  • Lay out, install, and align a piping system either inside a building or underground.
  • Properly support a piping system using the various available methods, taking into account thermal expansion and contraction.
  • Identify methods and materials used to protect piping installations.
  • Calculate pipe offsets to avoid obstructions when laying out and installing a piping system.
  • Test different types of piping systems for defective materials or faulty workmanship.


    Plumbing Fixtures and Appliances


  • Recognize trade terms used to categorize and describe plumbing components.
  • Identify the different types of plumbing fixtures, trim, appliances, and appurtenances.
  • Explain the procedures used for installing plumbing fixtures and trim.
  • Discuss common maintenance problems and corrective action for plumbing components.


    Tanks, Pumps, and Boilers


  • Identify and classify the various available tanks.
  • Specify and size round and rectangular tanks, and sumps, for a particular application.
  • Identify different pumps and know pump principles.
  • Discuss pump installation, start-up, and maintenance procedures.
  • List the characteristics of boilers and discuss their classifications.
  • Identify boiler accessories and know basic boiler maintenance.


    Insulation for Piping and Ducting


  • Identify and understand the function and types of different piping and ducting insulation materials.
  • Select the proper insulation type, material, and thickness for a given piping system.
  • Properly cut, form, and install insulation and shielding to piping and ducting.


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