Plumbing Apprenticeship Courses
Hawkeye offers the four levels of plumbing classroom training required as part of an apprenticeship program. Currently, NCCER training is being used in the Hawkeye apprenticeship training classes. These training materials were designed by highly-skilled subject matter experts and cover a wide range of topics important to a plumbing professional.
Introduction to the Plumbing Profession
Students will learn about career options that are available in the plumbing profession. Topics covered in this section also include personal characteristics of a professional, responsibilities, current technologies, and safety.
Students will learn about common unsafe acts and conditions that cause accidents, and costs associated with accidents and illnesses. Topics also include the use and care of appropriate personal protective equipment, proper use of ladders, power tool safety, the lockout/tagout process, and trench safety.
Students will learn about the proper use of hand and power tools commonly used in the plumbing trade. Safety, maintenance, and specific use of the tools will also be discussed.
Introduction to Plumbing Math
Students will review basic math concepts such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers. Topics also include fractions, decimals, metric measurements, and their application to on-the-job situations.
Introduction to Plumbing Drawings
This class will introduce students to different types of plumbing drawings they will encounter on the job and how to work with them. Students will learn about pictorial (isometric and oblique), schematic, and orthographic drawings, and discuss how different views are used to depict information about objects. Basic symbols and how to apply code requirements to drawings will also be discussed.
Plastic Pipe and Fittings
Students will learn about the different types of plastic pipes and fittings and how to measure, cut, join, and support plastic pipe. Applying codes and manufacturer’s instructions will also be discussed. Students will also learn about fittings and valves, types of hangers and supports, and various techniques used, as well as proper procedures for the handling, storage, and protection of plastic pipes.
Copper Pipe and Fittings
Students will discuss materials and schedules used with copper piping, material properties, storage, handling requirements, types of fittings and valves, and techniques used when hanging and supporting copper piping. Topics also include how to measure, ream, cut, and join piping. Hazards and safety precautions will also be discussed.
Cast-Iron Pipe and Fittings
Students will learn the details needed to work with cast-iron pipe and fittings such as material properties, storage, and handling requirements, different fittings used and various techniques used when handling and supporting cast-iron piping. Topics also include how to measure, cut, and join piping. Hazards and safety precautions will also be discussed.
Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings
Students will learn proper applications of carbon steel piping and how to measure, cut, groove, thread, and join the piping. Topics also include storage, and handling and supporting requirements of carbon steel piping.
Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing
This class will identify the common manufacturers and the proper and improper applications of corrugated stainless steel tubing. Students will identify the various techniques used in hanging and supporting corrugated stainless steel tubing. Topics also include how to properly measure, cut, join, and groove corrugated stainless steel tubing, as well as storage and handling requirements.
Fixtures and Faucets
Students will learn the proper application of code-approved fixtures and faucets, the types of materials used in the manufacturing of plumbing fixtures, sinks, lavatories, and faucets. Discussion will also center on types of bathtubs, bath-shower modules, shower stalls, shower baths, toilets, urinals, bidets, drinking fountains, water coolers, garbage disposals, and dishwashers.
Introduction to Drain, Waste, and Vent (DWV) Systems
This class will discuss how waste moves from a fixture, through the drain system, and to the environment. Discussion will center on major components of drainage systems and their functions, different types of traps and their components, and the importance of traps and seals. Topics also include the various types of drain, waste, and vent (DWV) fittings and their applications. Students will also learn about code and health issues, violations, and consequences related to DWV systems.
Introduction to Water Distribution Systems
This class will discuss the major components and functions of water distribution in municipal, residential, and private water systems. Treatment methods will also be discussed.
Plumbing Math Two
Students will learn how to calculate 11 1/4, 22 1/2, 45, 60, and 72-degree offsets and parallel offsets, and how to layout square corners and check the squareness using the 3-4-5 ratio. Other topics include using a framing square to find the travel and using a folding rule to find given angles. Topics also include how to calculate rolling offsets using constants for the angled fittings and using a framing square, and how to calculate 45-degree offsets around obstructions.
Reading Commercial Drawings
Students will learn how to interpret information from given site plans, verify dimensions shown on drawings, and generate a request for information (RFI) when discrepancies are found. Topics also include plumbing entry points, walls, chases, and using approved submittal data, floor plans, and architectural details to lay out fixture rough-ins, to develop estimates, and to establish general fixture locations. Students will create an isometric drawing, and do a material takeoff for drainage, waste, and vent (DWV) and water supply systems from information shown on drawings.
Hangers, Supports, Structural Penetrations, and Fire Stopping
Topics will include hangers and supports used to install DWV and water supply systems and their applications; how to install pipe hangers and supports according to applicable codes and manufacturer’s specifications; how to modify structural supports using the appropriate tools without weakening the structure, and how to install common types of fire-stopping materials used in penetrations through fire-rated structural members, walls, floors, and ceilings.
Installing and Testing DWV Piping
Students will use plans and rough-in sheets to determine location of fixtures and route of plumbing, learn to install a building sewer and a building drain, locate the stack within the structure, install a DWV system using appropriate hangers and correct grade or slope, and modify structural members using the appropriate tools without weakening the structure. Students will also test a DWV system.
Installing Roof, Floor, and Area Drains
Students will learn how to use a surveyor’s level or transit level to set the elevation of a floor or area drain, and install a roof drain, a floor drain, and an area drain. Topics also include how to install waterproof membranes and flashing.
Types of Valves
Students will be taught the basic types of valves, the differences in pressure ratings, and how to service various types of valves.
Installing and Testing Water Supply Piping
Discussion for this class will include how to develop a material takeoff from a given set of plans, and how to use plans and fixture rough-in sheets to determine the location of fixtures and the route of water supply piping. Students will learn about location and size a water meter. Discussion will include location of a water heater, a water softener, and hose bibbs. Topics also include how to install a water distribution system using appropriate hangers, modifying structural members and using the appropriate tools without weakening the structure. Discussion will also include how to correctly size and install a water service line, including backflow prevention, and how to test a water supply system.
Installing Fixtures, Valves, and Faucets
Students will learn about general procedures to be followed before installing any type of fixture. Topics also include installing bathtubs, shower stalls, valves, faucets, water closets, urinals, lavatories, sinks, and pop-up drains.
Introduction to Electricity
Students will discuss how electrical power is generated and distributed and safety precautions that must be followed when working on electrical equipment. Other topics included in the class are how voltage, current, resistance, and power are related; calculating current, voltage, and resistance in a circuit; and how to use the power formula to calculate how much power is consumed by a circuit. Students will learn the differences between series and parallel circuits, and will learn about various electrical components used in plumbing equipment. Electrical symbols will be discussed, as well as how to test a fuse for continuity.
Installing Water Heaters
Students will learn the basic components of water heaters and how to install both – an electric and a gas water heater. Safety hazards will also be discussed.
Fuel Gas Systems
Students will learn about the major components of fuel systems, including natural gas, LP gas (liquefied petroleum gas) and fuel oil and will be able to describe the function of each component. Topics discussed in the class include safety precautions and potential hazards associated with each type of fuel and system, how to connect appliances to the fuel gas system properly and apply local codes to various fuel gas systems. Design, size, purge, and test fuel gas systems will also be discussed, as well as applicable fuel gas codes.
Servicing of Fixtures, Valves, and Faucets
Common repair and maintenance requirements for fixtures, valves, and faucets will be discussed as well as the proper procedures for repairing and maintaining them.
Students will learn about weights and measures used in the English and metric systems and how to calculate area and volume. Topics also include temperature and pressure and how they apply to plumbing installations and the functions and applications of six simple machines: inclined plane, lever, pulley, wedge, screw, wheel, and axle.
Sizing Water Supply Piping
Students will learn to calculate pressure drops in a water supply system and will learn how to size pipe for different acceptable flow rates. Topics will also be on the differences and advantages of a continuous-flow system and an intermittent-flow system. Other topics include fixtures with high flow rates, how friction and flow impact a water supply system, and how to lay out a water supply system. Students will calculate developed lengths of branches for a water supply system and calculate flow rates for high flow rate fixtures.
Potable Water Treatment
Students will learn how to flush out visible contaminants from plumbing systems, disinfect a potable water plumbing system, identify common water problems and identify the basic equipment to solve them. Topics include methods used to soften water, analyze and measure water-conditioning problems, and install water-conditioning equipment.
Students will learn the principle of backflow due to back siphonage or back pressure and hazards of backflow and the importance of backflow preventers. Topics also include applications of the six basic backflow prevention devices and how to install common types of backflow preventers.
Types of Venting
Students will learn scientific principles of venting and will learn how to design vent systems according to local code requirements. Topics will include different types of vents and vent configurations. Students will also discuss selecting correct fittings and installing various types of vents.
Sizing DWV and Storm Systems
Students will learn to calculate drainage fixture units for waste systems, size building drains and sewers, and size vent systems and roof drainage systems.
Sewage Pumps and Sump Pumps
Students will learn functions, components, and operation of sewage and sump pumps. Topics include sizing a storm water sump by calculating the runoff from paved and unpaved land surfaces and sizing a sewage sump by calculating the sewage flow from a structure. Other topics include installing sumps and sensors; adjusting sensors, switches, and alarms in sewage and sump pumps; troubleshooting pumps; and working with code requirements for installation and use.
Corrosive-Resistant Waste Piping
Students will learn about corrosive wastes, common types of materials used for corrosive-resistant waste piping, and methods of joining corrosive-resistant waste piping. Topics include safety issues and hazard communications.
Students will learn about installation, safety, and methods of conditioning compressed air systems and their components and accessories. Topics also include types, functions, and capacities of different air compressor systems.
Business Principles for Plumbers
Students will learn about balance sheets, profit and loss statements, material takeoff as part of an estimate, and business activities that affect profit and loss.
Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader
Students will learn about the phases of construction projects, types of project delivery systems, stages of planning, documentation, estimating, schedules, controlling costs and resources, production, and more. This course will also discuss leadership skills and explain the role of a crew leader and demonstrate the importance of safety.
Water Pressure Booster and Recirculation systems
Students will learn about water pressure booster systems, maintenance and basic troubleshooting processes, recirculation systems, and local plumbing codes and requirements for recirculation systems.
Indirect and Special Waste
Students will learn about indirect waste systems and interceptors.
Hydronic and Solar Heating Systems
Students will learn about hydronic and solar heating systems; and procedures for rough-in, installation, and testing of the piping in hydronic or solar heating systems. Topics will also include the layout of a hydronic or a solar heating system.
Students will learn about local plumbing codes and their purposes, the procedure for modifying plumbing codes, and local plumbing codes.
Servicing Piping systems, Fixtures, and Appliances
Students will learn how to diagnose and address problems with water supply and quality. Topics also include different types of corrosion and their effects on pipes, fixture and appliance problems, troubleshoot and repair of water heater problems, and DWV problems.
Private Water Supply Well Systems
Students will learn about the qualities of a good well, and the operation of various types of pumps and well components. Topics also include installation of private water supply well system components, and components of private water supply well systems.
Private Waste Disposal Systems
Students will learn about private waste disposal systems. Topics also include installation and maintenance of private waste disposal systems and code requirements.
Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs
Students will learn about swimming pool and hot tub systems. Topics will also cover how to calculate the volume and turnover rate of a pool using local code, water quality issues related to swimming pools and hot tubs, and backflow prevention requirements for swimming pools and hot tubs according to local procedures and codes.
Plumbing for Mobile Home and Travel Trailer Parks
Students will learn about location, layout, and procedures for connecting sewer and supply lines for a mobile home park. Topics also include code issues, plumbing needs in a travel trailer park, and a sanitary dump system.