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plumbing technology (PLBG)
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 career progressions.

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 pipefitting trades.

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 gas systems.
Prerequisite: PLBG 121

PLBG 161 (5 credits)
Plumbing Installation II: Residential Plumbing
Installation
Discusses the installation of residential piping systems,
bathroom/kitchen fixtures, and water heaters.
Prerequisites: PLBG 111 and PLBG 116

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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

PLBG 206 (2 credits)
Plumbing Design III: Plumbing Codes

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
Installation

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



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