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PLUMBING TECHNOLOGY (PLBG)
PLBG 206 (2 credits)
Plumbing Design III: Plumbing Codes
PLBG 106 (1 credit)
The Plumbing Trade
Prepares students for their role in the Plumbing Technology
program at Thaddeus Stevens College and for their future in the
field. Examines organizational skills, safe work habits, and proper
work attitude. Surveys the history of plumbing while also offering
an examination of job opportunities and an analysis of steps in
PLBG 111 (2 credits)
Plumbing Design I:
Introduction to Plumbing Systems Study of potable water,
methods of sewage disposal, components of plumbing systems,
and basic physics as related to plumbing.
Prerequisite: PLBG 200
PLBG 116 (7 credits)
Plumbing Installation I Plumbing Tools and Materials
Familiarizes students with the proper selection and use of all the
basic tools (hand tools, power tools, and torches) and materials
(cast iron, steel, copper, plastics, and others) of the plumbing and
PLBG 121 (2 credits)
Construction Blueprint Reading
Introduces students to construction prints and documents. Basic
drawing symbols and line forms are explained, and the course
covers the use of basic drawing tools, dimensioning, and single
line pipe drawing methods and practices.
PLBG 156 (3 credits)
Plumbing Design II: Blueprint Reading
Focus on residential piping system design. Skills covered include
the following: designing systems; reading blueprints; making
orthographic and isometric pipe sketches and drawings; sizing
potable water systems; sizing DWV systems; and sizing natural
Prerequisite: PLBG 111
PLBG 161 (5 credits)
Discusses the installation of residential piping systems, bathroom/
kitchen fixtures, and water heaters.
Prerequisites: PLBG 111 and PLBG 116
PLBG 166 (2 credits)
Plumbing Service I: Introduction to Plumbing Service
Focuses on the selection and use of tools and procedures
for servicing and repairing plumbing systems. Skills include
troubleshooting and repairing faucets and valves, leaking pipes,
clogged drains, and toilets.
Prerequisite: PLBG 161
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By examining the 2009 International Plumbing Code, this course
prepares students to design, install, and maintain plumbing
systems in compliance with this statewide code. The course
features the proper use of materials and fittings, correct venting,
methods for testing plumbing systems, and the sizing of potable
water, drainage waste and vent, storm water drainage, and natural
gas piping systems.
Prerequisites: PLBG 156 and PLBG 161
PLBG 211 (4 credits)
Plumbing Installation III
An advanced residential plumbing course that is basically
concerned with the plumbing of the housing project. Shop
practice is made available as needed, but most instruction occurs
at the housing project.
Prerequisite: PLBG 206
PLBG 216 (3 credits)
Plumbing Installation IV: Commercial Plumbing
Covers the design and installation of compressed air piping systems,
storm water drainage systems, specification fittings and fixtures,
and commercial sanitary drainage and venting, and potable water
systems. Students learn to read commercial blueprints and to
acquire information from specification literature, applying this
information in developing the capstone project, a complete and
functioning commercial toilet room facility.
Prerequisite: PLBG 161
PLBG 221 (1 credit)
Plumbing Service II: Advanced Plumbing Services
An extension of PLBG 166. Covers the tools and procedures to
repair flushometer valves, water heaters, frozen pipes, water
hammer, and backflow.
Prerequisite: PLBG 166
PLBG 256 (3 credits)
Plumbing Design IV: Designing Hydronic Heating
Designing and sizing hydronic heating systems is taught. Includes
the calculation of heat loss.
Prerequisite: PLBG 156
PLBG 261 (4 credits)
Plumbing Installation V: Installing Hydronic Heating
Students learn the proper installation of residential and commercial
hot water heating systems.
Prerequisite: PLBG 116
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