Foundations of Plumbing (Tools Included)
Did you know there is a shortage of skilled plumbers? With an aging infrastructure and dwindling trade workforce, the demand for plumbers has never been greater—making it a perfect time to explore the benefits of online plumbing courses. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that plumbing jobs will increase at a faster than normal rate over the next 10 years. With the right training, you could enter and build a scalable career in this high-demand field.
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University of the District of Columbia
What you will learn
- Basic concepts of plumbing safety and the safety procedures for material and equipment use
- The function of components required for the construction of standard piping and water supply systems
- The use and meaning of specialty drawings associated with construction detail
- The application and installation of standard plumbing fixtures
- To identify piping materials and fixture types used in plumbing work
- To perform the essential math functions, calculations, and interpretation of the plumbing codes required to complete standard plumbing services
How you will benefit
- Communication and active listening skills
- Skills to be more productive
- Reasoning skills
- Wide knowledge of plumbing skills
- You will be given a 55-piece tool kit to help ensure you launch your career with the tools needed for success
- Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions
How the course is taught
- Self-paced, online course
- 12 Months to complete
- Open enrollment, begin anytime
- 145 course hours
- Plumbing History, Codes, and Principles
- Tools of the Plumbing Trade
- First Aid and Safety
- Basic Math for Plumbing
- Water Supply, Water Sources, Waste Disposal, and Sewage Disposal
- Mechanical Properties and Protection of Building Materials and Structure
- Piping Materials Used in Plumbing Work
- Joining Methods for DWV and Pressure Piping
- Squares, Square Roots, and Basic Geometry
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Faucets and Related Devices
- Water Heaters
- Building Plans, Drawings, and Scale Rulers
- Communication and Skills Professionalism
- Pipe Joining Techniques
- Special Applications of Plastic Pipe and Fittings
- Introduction to Welding
- Soldering, Brazing, Cutting, and Gas Welding
- Piping Materials, Sources, and Distribution for Potable Water
- Water Pipe Sizing: Main-and-Branch and Individual Run Systems
- Water Heaters and Hot Water Distribution
- Cross-Connection Protection and Pipe Identification
- Sewers & Sewage Disposal Methods
- Drainage Fixture Units
- Building Drains
- Applied Plumbing Mathematics
- Applied Geometric Concepts
- Properties of Water and Air
- Venting Plumbing Drainage Systems
- Sump Pumps, Sewage Pumps, and Sewage Ejectors
- Plumbing Traps
- Fixture Supports
- Hoisting and Rigging
- Safety Concepts
- Rough-In Sheets, Single Line Drawings, and Isometric Drawings
- Venting Plumbing Drainage Systems
- Winning Customer Service
- Customers Revealed
- Customer Expectations
- Customer Service: Why Do It?
- The Decline (and Revival) of Customer Service
- Moving Forward with the Four P's
- Traits of Outstanding Customer Reps
- Measuring Customer Service
- Customer Service Communication
- Helping Upset Customers
Adam Seek has more than 25 years of experience in the plumbing industry. He is a licensed plumber, pipefitter, instructor, and maintenance/service technician with an excellent track record of success in safety, quality control, planning, development, and project management. His career in plumbing started at a young age when he first joined his family's plumbing business. He then went on to a four-year program where he was awarded for his aptitude and academic achievements.
There are no prerequisites to complete this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
- PC: Windows 10 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Microsoft Word Online
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Access to state-wide plumbing codes is beneficial to building familiarity with the codebook.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
The following tool kit will be shipped to you approximately 10 business days after enrollment:
- The 55-piece tool includes a jobsite backpack, featuring the following items:
- 12pc 3/8" socket set
- 11pc wrench set
- 7pc nut driver set
- 5pc general purpose utility blades
- 3 saws
- 3 wrenches
- 3 pliers
- 2 fine point markers
- 2 tubing cutter
- 1 reaming pen
- 1 ratcheting multi bit driver
- 1 hammer
- 1 tape measure
- 1 safety knife
Material Fees are non-refundable upon registration
Please note: Due to the high cost of these items, tools will not be shipped until 10 days after your start date.
According to Payscale.com, the average salary for an apprentice plumber is $35,445 a year.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.
Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.
ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.
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