Plumbing Aprrenticeshi/Diploma

Building Trades Education Manufacturing

Credit Type: Non-credit Certificate
Credit/NonCrdit: Non-Credit
Length: 12 weeks - 4 years
Frequency: 1 evening a week
Mode of Delivery: Face-to-face
Location: Massanutten Technical Center
Cost: 150.00 - 450.00 per class

Program Contact: Sandy Rinker
Contact Phone: 540-434-5962
Contact Email:


Basic Technical Math presents the topics of arithmetic with whole numbers, common fractions, decimal fractions, percentage, measurement numbers, metric and English unit conversions, scientific notation, operations with exponents, and basic algebra including the use of formulas and equation solving. The course is self-paced utilizing a text/workbook. Students may pre-test to determine their skill level with those meeting the competency level receiving credit for the course.


Concepts of Technology is intended to provide the technical student with a background of basic physical principles applied in modern technology. Topics include: mechanical, thermal, fluidal, and electrical systems and their integration.


This course is designed to aid the student in becoming more competent in his ability to read and interpret trade blueprints. This is accomplished by classroom discussions of the importance of effective communication, neatness, familiarity with construction techniques and related symbols; drafting equipment and materials; and standard procedures and techniques. Skills will also be developed by hands-on use of these learned components in reading a set of construction plans including the relevant architectural views, mechanical, heating, plumbing and electrical plans and associated descriptive text necessary to generate a set


Students will learn the safe and correct procedure in three types of welding: arc, oxyacetylene, and mig and tig. Topics covered will include safety in welding, making sound welds, selecting filler metals, preparing metal for welding, and procedures for all welding positions.


The course is designed to instill pride and proper attitude by teaching the history and the 23 basic principles on which plumbing codes and installation are based upon. A brief look at the laws pertaining to plumbing, including the administration of those laws is presented during the course. Students learn the proper care and use of hand and power tools. Safety shall be stressed throughout these lessons. The student will learn to identify the various types of pipe and know the advantages of each. The student shall be taught the various types of materials that fillings are made from and learn the advantages of each. Also included will be the various pipe joining methods, plumbing laboratory fixtures and their identification and use.


The theory of water sources including the advantages and disadvantages of each source is included in this course. Building water supply systems including service mains, branches and risers will also be presented. Students will learn to use sizing tables and fixture units and learn to calculate pressure throughout the system in gravity and booster systems. The study of hot water systems will include the codes for installation, controls and safety equipment on automatic heaters, tank less heaters with mixing valves, flow controls and relief valves. Sewage disposal systems and the proper vents will also be covered.


Students will study the theory of operation and residential, commercial, industrial and institutional fixtures and appliances. The sizing of water lines and drainage systems, rough in measurements, venting and code requirements for residential fixtures. Bathroom layout and troubleshooting basic fixture problems are also included.


In this class, students will learn the repair and servicing of common residential, commercial and industrial fixtures. Students will also learn the repair and servicing of pumps including sewage pumps, sump pumps, pneumatic ejectors, immersible pumps and jet pumps. The basic operations of heating systems (gas and oil) include hot-water boilers, system boilers, hydraulic systems, warm air systems, and solar systems will also be explored. The maintenance of common heating systems, humidification systems and other heat producing appliances will be included as well.



Upon the completion of this course, students will gain a fundamental knowledge of plumbing installation & design; and a working knowledge in interpreting and applying the plumbing code. Topics to be addressed will include the following: fundamentals of sanitary plumbing systems, terminology, and an introduction to the plumbing code and inspection problems of commercial, industrial & residential systems.


This course will discuss and demonstrate the importance of understanding and applying Industrial Safety principles and practices in the work environment. This training includes defining and discussing safety concepts, terms, and definitions; recognizing best practices in accident prevention; understanding who is responsible for safety in the workplace and why. You will also learn how to recognize workplace safety hazards and how to deal with them. You will learn how to use specific tools in the workplace, what machine and chemical hazards are and how best to deal with them, and how to properly use personal protective clothing and related to PPE. Participants will also discuss basic OSHA safety rules and regulations and how to apply them to specific workplace safety situations.


This course will explore principles of human relations related to personal and occupational goals. Human relation principles to be explored include the following: team skills, creative thinking, communications, goal setting, conflict management, and self-image.


In this course, students will focus on communication as a survival skill in the workplace. We will learn how effective communication makes us better employees, employers, and co-workers. We will study and practice the skills of oral and written communication. The goal of this course is to make students more perceptive and skillful speakers, listeners, readers, and writers.


This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of a PC computer. Topics covered will include: Computer Hardware and Background (first session); Windows Basics (three sessions); a look at the four main areas of software (word processing, electronic spreadsheets, data-base, and presentations used in Business and Industry).


This course is designed for the prospective supervisor to develop the skills necessary to apply the principles of effective supervision on the job. The course covers the four functions of the management cycle which include planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. It provides insight to employee behavior and shows how to boost productivity, communicate more efficiently, handle problems, make right decisions, and reduce cost.

Provider Information

Massanutten Technical Center

325 Pleasant Valley Road
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

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