Students must be currently working in a registered apprenticeship program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, and the United Association (UA).

The apprenticeship program prepares the student to earn a journey-level status in Plumbing; as well as earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Industrial Technology. A five-year apprenticeship emphasizes the skill set required to be a highly skilled craftsman. An apprentice will learn to install, repair, maintain and service piping systems, plumbing systems and equipment used for drinking (potable) water distribution, sanitary storm water systems and waste disposal. Additional opportunities for plumbers can include technical installations for Medical Gas, Hydronic in-floor heating, Solar Panels, Heat Pumps, Cross-Connection Control and many other systems necessary for the health and safety of the general public.

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

Learn more about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED

Other Information

  • Participant must be currently working in a registered apprenticeship program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, and the United Association (UA).

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing with the construction team that include members of other trades, contractors, customers, and public officials and agencies.
  2. Work independently and in a team setting to accomplish work in a timely, professional, and cost effective manner.
  3. Act according to the United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Code of Excellence and continually upgrade knowledge and skills.
  4. Recognize, analyze and apply critical thinking to resolve issues as they arise while minimizing waste and improving productivity.
  5. Use appropriate personal protective equipment and fall protection to ensure a safe and environmentally sensitive work environment in accordance with OSHA and other federal, state, local and contractor’s standards, policies, and regulations.
  6. Apply basic and advanced math concepts and operations and blueprint reading to accurately determine layout in order to fabricate and complete various pipe trade tasks that minimizes waste.
  7. Apply knowledge of math, pipe hydraulic theory, blueprints, and tools to install, repair and test basic piping systems that meet industry codes and standards.
  8. Apply knowledge of advance math to install, repair and test Potable Water, Storm/Sanitary Drainage, Fuel Gas and Medical Gases Systems according to national, state, local and other applicable industry codes and standards.
  9. Obtain all required certifications in the plumbing industry.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ATPL-1000 Care and Use of Tools 2
ATPL-1010 Soldering and Brazing 2
ATPL-xxxx Plumbing elective2
ATPL-1070 Pipe Fittings, Valves, and Supports 2
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher3
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-xxxx
CNST Elective 
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ATPL-xxxx Plumbing Elective2
ATPL-1030 State of Ohio Plumbing Code I 2
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
Construction Print Reading  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours13
Third Semester
ATPL-xxxx Plumbing Elective2
ATPL-1220 Gas Systems 2
ATPL-1230 Water Supply 2
ENG-2151 Technical Writing 3
Natural and Physical Sciences Requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-xxxx
CNST Elective 
Personal Finance  
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
AIT-2990 Contracting in a Diverse World 3
ATPL-2320 State of Ohio Plumbing Code III 2
ATPL-2350 Electricity for Plumbers 2
ATPL-xxxx Plumbing Elective2
Arts & Humanities/Social & Behavioral Science requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
Construction Methods, Materials, and Equipment  
 Credit Hours15
Summer Completion
ATPL-xxxx Plumbing Elective2
ATPL-2410 City & State Backflow Cert 2
ATPL-xxxx Plumbing elective2
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours63

Electives

Business Electives 

Select from the following courses to meet 12 credit elective requirements.

BADM-1020Introduction to Business3
BADM-1121Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior4
BADM-1300Small Business Management4
BADM-2150Business Law4
BADM-2450New Business Development5
BADM-2470Marketing Techniques for Small Business Management3

Construction Management Electives

CNST-1281Construction Engineering Orientation3
CNST-1510Green Building & Sustainability I3
CNST-1731Construction Print Reading3
CNST-2130Construction Methods, Materials, and Equipment3