LESSON 1: Drainage3 hours
LESSON 2: Building Sanitary Waste and Venting System6 hours
LESSON 3: Allowable Materials and Approval Procedures3 hours
LESSON 4: Plumbing Traps6 hours
LESSON 5: Cleanouts3 hours
LESSON 6: Plumbing Code6 hours
LESSON 7: Potable Water Supply12 hours
LESSON 8: Math32 hours
LESSON 9: Gas Fitting24 hours
LESSON 10: Blueprint Reading9 hours
LESSON 11: Definitions6 hours


110 hours

LESSON 1: Drainage (3 hours)

a. Sanitary Waste Disposal

1. Septic System

a) Percolation test
b) Septic Tank

i. Raw Sewage

ii. Sewer Gases

(A) Methane

(B) Hydrogen Sulfide

(C) Venting of Gases

iii Effluent

(A) Distribution Box

(B) Leaching Field

iv. Sludge Disposal

2. Municipal Sewage Disposal

a) Filtering

b) Settling

c) Gas and Odor Control

d)Treatment and Discharge of Effluent

e) Sludge Processing

f) Sewer and Manhole Layout

g) Calculating Sewer Drop and Use of a Builderââ'¬â"¢s Level

h) Building Sewer (Definition and Location)

i. Massachusetts State Plumbing Code Section 10.06, (2), (f)

LESSON 2: Building Sanitary Waste and Venting System (6 hours)

a. Building Drain

1. Definition

2. Location

3. Minimum Size

4. Sleeves

b. Cleanout at Foundation Wall

1. Construction (248 CMR, 10.22. Fig. 18)

2. Allowable Materials

3. Rules Specific to Cast Iron Installation

c. Soil and Waste Stack

1. Minimum Size

2. Cleanout at Base of Stack

3. Fixture Group Design for a Vent Stack

4. Definitions of Stack Vent and Vent Stack

5. Definition of a Vent

6. Function of a Vent

a) Exhaust Sewer Gas

b) Preserve Trap Seal

c) To Provide an Equalization of Pressure in the Drainage System

7. Vent Terminal

8. Systems Using More than One Stack or Stack Venting System.

a) Massachusetts State Plumbing Code Section 10.22, Figure 4

LESSON 3: Section 10.06, 1. Allowable Material Standards and Approval Procedures of the Massachusetts State Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Gasfitters. (3 hours)

a. Section 10.06, (2), (F through J) Allowable Materials for Storm, Sanitary and Venting

b. Section 10.06, (2), (N through P)LESSON 4: Plumbing Traps 6 hours

a. Types of Traps

1. Drum Trap

2. P-Trap

3. Full S-Trap

4. Traps with Moving Parts to Maintain their Seals

5. Bell Traps

6. Crown Vent Traps

7. Traps Depending on Interior Partitions for their Seals

b. Trap Seal

1. Location of Trap Seal

2. Loss of Trap Seal and Prevention

a) Siphonage

b) Leakage

c) Aspiration

d) Momentum

e) Oscillation

f) Back Pressure

g) Evaporation

h) Capillary Action

c. Massachusetts State Plumbing Code, Section 10.08, (1)

LESSON 5: Cleanouts 3 hours

a. Massachusetts State Plumbing Code, Section 10.06, (2), (e)

b. Massachusetts State Plumbing Code, Section 10.08, (2)

LESSON 6: Plumbing Code (6 hours)

a. CMR 3.00

b. Section 3.01, Scope and Application

c. Section 3.02, Definitions

d. Section 3.03, Licenses and Requirements

e. Section 3.04, Product Design and Testing Standards

f. Section 3.05, Permits and Inspections

g. Section 3.06, Grounds for Imposition or Disciplinary Actions

h. Complaint Handling Process

i. Massachusetts State Plumbing Code, Section 10.07, Joints and Connections

j. Massachusetts State Plumbing Code, Section 10.06, (2), (a through d)

LESSON 7: Potable Water Supply (12 hours)

a. Sources of Water

b. Water Cycle

c. Ground Water

1. Aquifer

2. Wells

a) Dug

b) Driven

c) Bored

d) Pumping Stations

d. Municipal Water Systems

1. Municipal Water Treatment Processes

2. Water Storage

3. Water Main Systems

a) Thrust Blocks

b) Calculations of Total Pressure

c) Grid vs. Dead End System

e. Water Service

1. Corporation Cock and Tapping Water Main

2. Curb Cock and Curb Box

3. Meters

a) Nutating Disc Meter

b) Turbine Meter

c) Combination Meter

f. Allowable Materials for the Water Distribution System

1. Massachusetts State Plumbing Code, Section 10.06, (2), (K through l)

g. Installing The Building Water Distribution System

1. Massachusetts State Plumbing Code 10.06, (2), (k through l)

LESSON 8: Math (32 hours)

a. Water Measure

1. Review or Area and Volume

2. Cubic Inches per Gallon

3. Gallons per Cubic Foot

4. Weight of Water in Gallons

5. Weight of Water in Cubic Feet

6. Weight of One Square Inch of Water One Foot in Height

7. Determining Gallons and Weight of Water in a Rectangular Tank

8. Determining Gallons and Weight of Water in a Cylindrical Tank

b. Pressure Calculations

1. Head Pressure

a) Static

b) Applied

2. Total Pressure

a) Review Total Pressure with Applied PSI

b) Total Pressure at Base of Stack

c. Pipe Ratio Calculations

LESSON 9: Gas Fitting (24 hours)

a. History of Gas and Gas Fitting

b. Physical Characteristics of Natural and Liquefied Petroleum Gas

1. Methane and Propane

2. Specific Gravity

a) Methane

b) Propane

3. Definition and Explanation of British Thermal Unit

4. Heating Value

a) Methane

b) Propane

5. Combustion of Gases

a) Volumes of Air Needed for Proper Combustion

b) Products of Complete Combustion

c) Products of Incomplete Combustion

i. Carbon Monoxide

ii. Acid Damage to Equipment, Flues and the Chimney System

d) Flame Characteristics

i. Primary Air

ii. Secondary Air

6. Burner Construction

a) Bunson Burner

b) Atmospheric Burner

i. Venturi Principle

(A) Ribbon, Bar and Slotted Burners

7. Gas Pressures

1. Manometer

a) Water

b) Mercury

i. Main Pressure

ii. Line Pressure

iii. Pressure Regulators

iv. Appliance Operating Pressure

v. Testing a System Using a Manometer

vi.Testing with a Pressure Gauge

8. Gas Metering

a) Allowable Piping Materials and Joining Methods. NFPA 54, Section 5.6 and

Massachusetts Revisions, (5 through 7)

b) CSST Certification

c) Functions of the Serving Gas Supplier

LESSON 10: Blueprint Reading (9 hours)

a. Schedules

1. Door and Window

2. Room Finish

3. Mechanical

a) Plumbing

b) Heating

c) Electrical

b. Isometric Pipe Drawings

LESSON 11: Definitions (6 hours)

a. Massachusetts State Plumbing Code 10.03

1. Definitions should be incorporated in the curriculum as appropriate.

b. Massachusetts State Gas Code NFPA-54 Chapter 3

2. Definitions should be incorporated in the curriculum as appropriate.