Plumbing Apprenticeship


The Plumber protects the health and safety of the community by providing pure water to residential, commercial and industrial buildings for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning, manufacturing or personal use, and to remove waste water after is has served its purpose.  All piping and plumbing fixtures must be installed in accordance with local plumbing codes and Board of Health requirements.

Each year in the apprenticeship program consists of 1760 hours of on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a Journey person.  Apprentices spend two evenings per week in class with a traditional summer break.  During class, students are taught science, theory and practical application of the trade.

At the end of the five year training period, after all classroom and on-the-job requirements have been met,  the apprentice is granted journey level status and awarded a completion certificate from the State of California.  Apprenticeship classes may be applied toward an Associates Degree from Foothill College.

Plumbing Course Topics:

First Year of Instruction:

  • Basic Plumbing Skills
  • Applied and Related Theory

Second Year of Instruction:

  • Beginning Drawing and Design
  • Rigging and Layout
  • Industrial Safety

Third Year of Instruction:

  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • Plumbing Code
  • Advanced Trade Math

Fourth Year of Instruction:

  • Water Systems
  • Applied Welding
  • Advanced Drawing and Blueprint Reading

Fifth Year of Instruction:

  • Industrial Installations
  • Medical Gas Installation
  • Elective

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