This is the first introductory year to the Plumbing Apprenticeship Program. This level is an introduction to the Plumbing trade in Vermont. Students learn the theory and industry standards for the processes and materials that they will be working with as they progress into the Plumbing career. Students review/learn the basic math skills that they will need for this trade. They study the basics of DWV systems and the cycle of providing potable water. Students learn about working safely and the OSHA standards that apply in the workplace.
This is the second year, of four, in the Registered Plumbing Apprenticeship program. This level is a continuation of Plumbing Level 1 going more in depth in most areas. Safety continues as a critical part of the working trade. Code is studied more in depth and DWV moves into larger systems with more code references. Math and geometry are used for piping layout of various systems and students begin to calculate flow rates and velocity of fluids in the system. Students learn about various hydronic heating systems and the requirements for installation.
This is the third year, of four, in the Registered Plumbing Apprenticeship program. This level further develops what was previously learned by applying the current International Plumbing Code (IPC) + the current Vermont Plumbing Rules to everyday work. This year is based on residential and light commercial applications. Noteworthy, the code + rules are written in a quasi-judicial language and are hard for students to understand. Students are instructed on how to find and understand this information in the 13 chapters of the code. This level emphasizes water regulations, sizing, engineering tables and charts, plus DWV using tables and charts.
This is the fourth and final year in the Registered Plumbing Apprenticeship program. This final year prepares students to successfully pass the Vermont Plumbing Journeyman’s Licensure Exam by reviewing the last three years of accumulated knowledge / learning. Students fine tune how to use the current code book and Vermont Rules quickly to locate information needed. Students practice using simulated Journeyman’s Exam questions and are timed in order to become comfortable with the time limit on the exam. This level incorporates all 13 Chapters in the current code book.
Sarah A. Ballou
Vermont Tech Registered Electrical & Plumbing Apprenticeship Program Coordinator
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