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Pipe Trades Preparation

31-476-1 Technical Diploma (TD) Full Time 26 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

The Pipe Trades Preparation program provides theoretical and hands-on applications that develop the basic skills and knowledge you need for a pipe trades career in the construction industry. Your training will cover plumbing; pipefitting; sprinkler fitting; blueprint reading; trade-specific mathematics; measurement, layout, welding and cutting; tool use; computer-aided design; computer literacy; first aide; safety and communications. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to enter a state-approved apprenticeship program coordinated through the Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards or directly enter the construction industry.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Occupational Specific (22 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Construction Trades Safety
    10-449-180
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10449180
    • Credits: 2.00

    Teaches skills to recognize, evaluate and control construction site hazards. Includes personal protective equipment and how to perform construction tasks safely. Describes hazards of work and basic approaches to working safely. Introduces OSHA-mandated Lockout/Tagout procedures and prepares learners for additional detailed safety training. Upon successful completion, the student will receive a Department of Labor OSHA Construction Safety and Health 30-hour completion card.

  • First Aid/CPR, Principles and Practices
    10-531-101
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10531101
    • Credits: 1.00

    Presents and evaluates basic first aid skills necessary to care for the ill and injured until medical help arrives. Covers the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), as well as CPR for all ages and the recognition and care of cardiac emergencies. Students receive an AHA Healthcare CPR card and a FVTC First Aid certificate upon course completion.

  • College Success: On Course
    10-890-100
    1Credit
    18
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10890100
    • Credits: 1.00

    On Course helps you learn a number of proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional and personal success. You will discover how to create a rich, fulfilling life by developing new beliefs and behaviors. College Success: On Course empowers you to make wise choices in your academic and personal life which leads to improved experiences and outcomes.

  • Introduction to Pipe Trades Careers
    31-476-301
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 31476301
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces the plumbing, steamfitting, sprinkler fitting, and HVAC piping trades. Explores trade terminology and component identification necessary to meet the basic skills in the pipe trade industry.

  • Pipe Trades Print Reading
    31-476-302
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31476302
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces the skills required for individuals to read and interpret residential and commercial pipe trades drawings. The information and symbology on plumbing, steamfitting, and other pipe trades' drawings will be covered.

  • Pipe Trades Green Environment
    31-476-307
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 31476307
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers the impacts of the built environment on the green environment. It introduces methods to reduce the impact on the environment and explains how it applies to the pipe trades.

  • Related Welding
    10-442-120
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10442120
    • Credits: 1.00

    Prepares students with the common techniques and procedures for SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW welding in a repair or machine shop environment. Topics include welding metal, cutting metal with plasma and oxy-fuel, and metal identification. Laboratory activities will provide the student with hands-on practice.

  • Introduction to AutoCAD
    10-606-161
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10606161
    • Credits: 2.00

    Covers the very basics of AutoCAD - introduction to the user interface, basic drawing commands, basic editing commands, and basic viewing commands for making two dimensional (2D) drawings. Layer management, object properties, extracting information from the drawing, plotting and layouts, advanced annotation, creating and modifying blocks are covered. This course will give the student a comfort level for working within the AutoCAD environment and the knowledge needed for more advanced CAD courses offered within the various degree programs.

  • Rigging & Lifting, Const & Ind Related
    31-462-301
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 31462301
    • Credits: 1.00

    Instructs in the proper use and inspection of hand rigging (chains and hoists) and power rigging (using cranes and special lifting equipment). The safe use and handling of wire and fiber ropes, chains, and rigging hardware are emphasized. Includes classroom and lab activities.

  • Piping Systems
    31-476-304
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 31476304
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces piping systems and piping systems maintenance. Provides an overview of piping systems, metal piping, nonmetallic piping, tubing, hoses, common valves, special valves, strainers, filters and traps, and piping accessories.

  • Pipe Joining Processes
    31-476-305
    3Credit
    108
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 31476305
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces students to the tools and skills required to join plastic and copper piping systems using sweating, brazing, solvent welding. Also covers various PEX joining methods.

  • Workplace Reality
    31-890-307
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31890307
    • Credits: 2.00

    Focuses on developing skills in interpersonal communication, teamwork and meeting practical workplace requirements. Topics include quality control, team building, statistical process control, report writing, interview and report writing skills, diversity, problem solving, conflict resolution and OSHA requirements.

    Occupational Supportive (4 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Math for the Trades
    31-804-307
    2Credit
    72
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31804307
    • Credits: 2.00

    Focuses on the math skills needed for various trades. Topics include arithmetic fundamentals, percent and proportion applications, the metric system, conversions, practical geometry, measurement applications, signed numbers and formula evaluation. Micrometer, equation solving and standard rule measurement units are included as needed. Scientific calculator use is introduced as needed.

  • Communication, Applied
    31-801-318
    2Credit
    72
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 31801318
    • Credits: 2.00

    Focuses on technical vocabulary, business writing, job search strategies, interpersonal communication and oral presentation skills through individual and group activities. Open enrollment for all students. It is recommended, but not required, that the student have basic computer skills, HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree. Personal/professional development students who have not taken the ACCUPLACER test need to consult with their instructor during the first class.

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