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The Plumbing program at Polytech Adult Education provides the related instruction required to complete a State of Delaware Electrical Apprenticeship. Upon completion of this program and the required on-the-job training requirement, graduates are eligible to earn their Journeyperson credential through the Delaware Department of Labor. This four-year program, in addition to the required number of minimum hours, also qualifies graduates to take the licensure exam in the State of Delaware. Non-apprentice students may also complete the program as a certificate program.

Required Courses
Building Construction Core (Plumbing I)

The Building Construction class will prepare you to work in the building construction industry and is the first step toward a career in the construction trades. This course is a prerequisite for enrolling in any of the building construction related apprenticeship courses, unless you have had construction related employment in the past three years and can pass the BCC bypass exam. Students who complete this course will receive job placement assistance.

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Plumbing I

This course builds upon the foundational knowledge and skills gained in Building Construction Core and introduces participants to plumbing installation and repair in residential and light commercial buildings. Students learn the basics of blueprint reading, plumbing safety, trade tools, plumbing calculations, fittings, fixtures, distribution systems and piping methods. Prerequisite: completion of Building Construction Core or recent (past three years) construction related employment and the ability to pass the BCC bypass exam.

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Plumbing II

This second-year apprenticeship course covers water and waste piping procedures, advance plumbing and piping calculations, planning the plumbing installation, and valve and fixture troubleshooting and repair. 

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Plumbing III

The third-year plumbing student applies the “International Plumbing Code” (IPC) to water supply piping, backflow prevention, pressure booster, and recirculation systems in an academic classroom setting. The course also explores private water supply well pumps, piping, and components. Maintenance and replacement of waste disposal systems, locating buried lines and water conditioning are also part of the course.

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Plumbing IV

The fourth-year plumbing class provides the advanced plumbing student with an in-depth review of the “International Plumbing Code” applicable county and local plumbing codes, design, layout, installation, troubleshooting, and repair of hydronic and steam heating systems. This course satisfies a requirement in the Plumbing Apprenticeship and/or Certificate program. Prerequisite: Plumbing III.  

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Program Details
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  • Additional fees: Registration and Book(s) $600
Courtney Brown
(302) 697-4545