PLAT 400 - Plumber Apprenticeship Technical Training Level 4

Course Details
Course Code:
PLAT 400

Calendar Description:
Plumbing Apprenticeship Technical Training Level 4 covers the Level 4 Provincial Apprenticeship curriculum. Topics include commercial and domestic gas systems. Students successfully completing this term and appropriate ITA examinations, will progress to Journeyman status within the industry.

Date First Offered:
2007-04-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 240
Lecture Hours: 21
Shop Teaching Kitchen: 9


Total Weeks:
8

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
Students must be a registered Level 3 BC apprentice with the Industry Training Authority
or have received credit from the Industry Training Authority for Level 1, 2, & 3 Technical Training


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
Yes

Course Content:
Private Water Supply and Water Treatment
Definition, sources of water supply, contamination
Wells types of wells, casings
Pumps - principles of pumping, classification pumps, types of pumps, other pumps, applications, installation of pumps
Tanks for pressure systems - operation, accessories, installation, private water system fundamentals, sizing and selection, installation
Service and maintenance of private water supply systems - troubleshooting
Water Treatment and Conditioning
Water cycle, classes of water supply, sources of water supply, impurities, terminology
Hardness in water - define hardness in water, origins, effects, and measuring hardness
Other impurities in water - list and describe impurities, origins, effects, problems, measuring contaminants
Methods of treatment - treating problems, water treatment equipment, operation, capacity, installation, customer operation, maintenance, safety
Water treatment systems layout - calculate capacity and layout a system
Special Applications
Automatic Urinal Flush Tanks
Identification, operation, sizing, installation, troubleshooting
Trap Seal Primer
Definition, materials, function, application, operation, sizing, installation, troubleshooting
Specialty Water Distribution Controls and Equipment
Identification, materials, application, installation, tools and materials required, troubleshooting, safety
Introduction to Residential Sprinkler Systems
Codes, advantages and disadvantages, materials, water supply, control valves, alarm requirements, sprinkler heads, piping requirements, tools required, testing, servicing
Wet Standpipe and Dry Standpipe Fire Lines
Definition, advantages and disadvantages, installation, hose cabinets
Swimming Pools and Spas
Definition, equipment required, installation
Compressed Air Systems
Definition, applications, impurities, variations, materials, systems components, system installation
Lawn Irrigation
Definition, blueprints, materials, components, ditching, layout, head and pipe size, installation, safety
Drain Waste and Venting
Interceptors
Definition, materials, function, applications, operation, styles of grease interceptors, flow rating, installation, servicing, grease disposal
Indirect Wastes
Definition, purpose, installation, servicing
Sewage Sumps or Receiving Tanks,
Definition, materials, function, application, operation, installation, servicing
Trailer Parks and Dumping Stations
Definition, materials, installation, sketch and size, servicing
DWV, Water Distribution and Fixtures for Residential Installation
Layout, installation, expansion, sizing for DWV and water distribution, code interpretation, material list
Specialty Plumbing Fixtures
Terminology, fixtures for the handicapped, materials, fixture trim, off/on controls, fixture connections, installation, code interpretation, tools and materials required
Commercial Equipment Installation
Sketch and layout, installation, code interpretation, safety
Practical Applications
Specialty Control Valve Service Shop
Types of valves, special control handles, installation, troubleshooting and servicing
Water Treatment Testing and Installation
Introduction, testing various water samples, interpretation of results, installation of water treatment equipment (identification of equipment, sizing and selection, installation)
Water Closet Carriers, Installing and Venting
Introduction, tools and materials required, installation
Pump and Pressure Systems Installation and Service
Selection, pre-installation tests, installation, operation of pressure and diaphragm tanks, accessories, installation, troubleshooting
Commercial Rough-In Groups of Wet Vented Fixtures
Plumbing rough-in, DWV installation
Rolling Offset
Tools and materials, project, safety practices
Tour
Gasfitting Theory and Lab
Layout For Gas Lines, Low and 2 PSI Pressure, Venting and Combustion Air Requirements
Low pressure gas line sizing and layout (sketch, layout and size, code interpretation low pressure gas line sizing (natural gas - steel, propane gas - steel), gas line layout, volume of gas consumed, length and type of piping material, type of gas, gas pressure, pressure drop, use of tables in codes, size gas lines, material take-off, hangers, leak testing, purging, gas line pressures, safety
Vent Connectors and Vents
Vent connectors, vent sizing, chimney sizing (primary, secondary, excess), air supply
2 PSI gas line sizing and layout (sketch, layout and size, code interpretation relating to 2 PSI gas line sizing (natural gas - steel, propane gas - steel, propane gas - copper), building line layout, volume of gas used, length and type of piping material, type of gas, gas pressure, pressure drop, use of table, size gas lines, material take-off, hangers, leak testing, purging, safety)
Customer Bulk Storage Tank Installation
Code interpretation, sizing tanks for customer's applications, tank installation, safety relief valves used on tanks, valves and accessories on customer's storage for vapour withdrawal, valves and accessories on customer's storage tanks for liquid withdrawal, valves and accessories on customer's storage tank for filling applications, customer's operation and maintenance of bulk storage tanks, gas piping from propane tanks
Propane Vapourizers
Types of vaporizers, code interpretation, capacities of vaporizers, sizing vaporizers, installation of vaporizers, routine maintenance of vaporizers
Additional Flues and Vents
Direct vented appliances (code interpretation), power assisted flues (code interpretation), special flue applications (code interpretation (BH vents, other approved vents)), engineer designed flues (code interpretation), flue dampers (thermal dampers, electrical dampers, code interpretation)
mid and high efficiency gas fired appliances
Appliances, installation requirements, ignition systems, timing and sequencing diagrams (timing diagrams, sequencing diagrams), troubleshooting, air supply requirements
Electrical Circuits for Commercial Gas Appliances and Gas Controls
Types of electrical circuits (series, parallel, combinations of series and parallel circuits), electrical symbols and wiring diagrams
Gas and Electrical Controls for Commercial Application
Thermally operated gas controls (aquastats, rod and tube thermostats, liquid bulb thermostats), electrical controls (safety gas valves, safety switches, limit switches, fan switches, combination fan/limit switches, room thermostats (bi-metal coil, bi-metal strip, thermister), operating gas valves (solenoid valves, diaphragm gas valves, hydromotor valves), pressure switches, E.C.O., L.W.C.O.)
Commercial Appliance Installation Requirements, Service and Maintenance
Commercial gas field appliance installation (lab) including mid and high efficiency appliances (suitability for use, locations, appliance connection, appliance clearances, accessibility, responsibility of the installer, damaged and used appliances, shut off valves, electrical components, appliances in garages, outdoor installations), specific appliances (boilers, carbon dioxide generators, circulating block heaters, commercial ranges, commercial clothes dryers, construction heaters, deep fat fryers, direct fired make-up air heaters, direct vent appliances, incinerators, instantaneous water heaters, infrared heaters, pressure boosters, refrigeratros, roof-top units, stationary gas engines, swimming pool heaters, other appropriate appliances), commercial appliance servicing (lab)
operational tests (lab) including both high and mid efficiency appliances
Combustion analysis theory, effects of air supply on combustion analysis, adjusting gas appliances (manifold pressure, gas consumption, primary air, secondary air, excess air), test for carbon monoxide, use combustion analysis tools and kits to access flue gas readings, calculate actual air requirements, attend a demonstration of combustion analysis tools and kits used to measure carbon dioxide, using combustion analysis tools and kits to measure net flue gas temperature, appliance efficiency, heat exchanger check, results of analysis
Electricity and Electronics For Gas Appliances and Appliance Controls Equipment
Electrical and electronics theory, test instruments, circuit components, wiring diagrams (line diagrams, schematic diagram, ladder diagrams, functional diagrams), timing and sequencing diagrams (timing diagrams, sequencing diagrams), troubleshooting procedures
Electrical Wiring (Lab)
Wire electrical circuits including both mid and high efficiency appliances, wire gas controls and equipment
Set and Adjust Gas Appliances (Lab)
Appliance adjustment in both SI and imperial units including mid and high efficiency appliances, burner ignition tests, flame stability tests, orifice sizing in both SI and imperial units, combustion analysis lab in both SI and imperial units
Plumbing Related Subjects
Trade Math and Science Review - General review of the calculation of grades, hydrostatic pressure, rolling offset, volume of tanks, volume of flow from a pipe
Blueprint Reading and Sketching - the apprentice shall review a variety of commercial blueprints
Residential DWV freehand sketching, layout, commercial DWV sketching (layout), applied blueprint reading (division of blueprints, read and interpret blueprints (high rise, commercial, commercial kitchen), specifications, bid depository)

Air Supply
Air supply requirements (general requirements, appliances located in confined and unconfined spaces), code interpretation, natural draft air grill sizing, power assisted air supply code requirements
Domestic Gas Fired Appliances
Appliances (suitability for use, locations, appliance connections and clearances, accessibility, responsibility of the installer, damaged and used appliances, shut off valve, electrical components, appliances in garages, outdoor installations), and domestic appliance installations
Basic Electricity for Gas Appliances and Gas Controls
Electrical theory, electrical test instruments, continuity testing
Electrical Circuits for Domestic Gas Appliances and Gas Controls
Types of electric circuits (series, parallel, combinations of series and parallel circuits), electrical symbols, and wiring diagrams
Gas and Electrical Controls Lab
Thermally operated gas controls (aquastats, rod and tube thermostats, liquid bulb thermostats), electrical controls including safety valves, safety switches, limit switches, fan switches, combination fan/limit, room thermostats (bi metal coil, bi metal strip, thermister), operating gas valves (solenoid valves, diaphragm gas valves, motorized valves, heat motor valves)
Appliance Gas Control Lab
Gas controls, such as oven, hot plate, and hot water tank thermostats, and electrical controls servicing including safety gas valves, safety switches, operating gas valves, room thermostats, furnace fan switches, furnace limit switches, combination fan/limit controls, control wiring installation (furnaces, hot water boilers, unit heaters, space heaters), and other domestic appliances
Domestic Appliance Installation and Servicing Lab (including Mid and High Efficiency)
Appliance installation of specific appliances including boilers, dryers, converted appliances, counter appliances, direct vent appliances, ranges, furnaces, hot plates, lighting, log lighters, barbecues, wall furnaces, refrigerators, room heaters, service water heaters, swimming pool heaters, unit heaters, and other domestic appliances
Propane Cylinders and Vaporizers
Customer bulk storage cylinder systems – code regulations, sizing cylinders for customers’ applications, cylinder installation, safety relief valves used on propane cylinders, valves and accessories on customer storage cylinders for vapour withdrawal, valves and accessories on customer storage cylinders for liquid withdrawal, cylinder re-inspection, transportation of cylinders, operating and maintenance of cylinders.


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to work without supervision and demonstrate the skills for the level. They will be able to recognize tasks where they will require assistance and demonstrate work habits associated with good trade practices. They will also correctly size and install water pressure tanks for use in farms and residential; select pump, accessories and correct pipe size for a private water system; interpret the regulations in the plumbing code and manufacturer's recommendations pertaining to the installation of specialty controls and equipment; layout and sketch isometric style various DWV, water distribution and fixtures for residences; list and describe correct installation procedures; sketch isometric style and layout a commercial DWV system that includes the following fixtures, necessary trim and equipment; rough-in DWV with regard to correct interpretation of codes and correct installation techniques; measure and adjust the manifold pressure in both SI and imperial units; and clock gas meters to determine the gas consumption of commercial appliances in both SI and imperial units.
Use electrical test instruments to measure voltage, amperage, resistance and continuity in electrical circuits and controls where appropriate
Perform diagnostic maintenance to determine customer service problems and correct where necessary
Set, adjust and calibrate controls where necessary
Install new equipment where necessary
Leak test controls and repair gas leaks where found
Repair valve let-by where necessary
Wire electrical equipment where necessary (series circuits, parallel circuits)
Wire gas appliance controls circuits for gas furnace, gas hot water boilers and steam boilers, unit heaters, space heaters and other domestic appliances


Grading System:
Percentage

Passing Grade:
70%

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 40 %
Midterm Exam: 25 %
Quizzes and Tests: 20 %
Lab Work: 10 %
Participation: 5 %


Nature of Participation:
Students must demonstrate the ability to work in a team environment to achieve maintenance goals

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Text Books:

Required - Industry Training and Apprenticeship Commission, 2004, Alberta Plumbing Modules (Queen's Printer). Chapters Covered: all
Required - Industry Training and Apprenticeship Commission, 2004, BC Plumbing Code Book (Queen's Printer). Chapters Covered: all