Plumbing Techniques

Program: PLTQ
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Midland


Students are provided with the theoretical and practical training to perform most basic plumbing techniques. Students will be exposed to topics including health and safety, reading of drawings, applied math, communications, plumbing code, plumbing theory, practical application and installation practices.

Career Opportunities

At the completion of the program, students are ready to apply for work as a Plumber’s helper or apprentice, or work in related fields. Graduates pursuing an apprenticeship may find a range of occupations in the plumbing field, including construction, maintenance, industrial as well as service related opportunities such as wholesale and retail and municipal waterworks. Graduates choosing to continue their education will find opportunities HVAC, gas fitting and municipal utilities operation.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • work according to contractual obligations; the project manual; and applicable laws, standards, bylaws, and codes;
  • perform residential plumbing projects effectively and accurately by interpreting and producing basic data in graphic, oral and written formats;
  • work responsibly and effectively with others and in accordance with appropriate practices, procedures and in compliance with health and safety legislation;
  • use tools and equipment for basic installation manufacture, and repair of components to required specifications.;
  • contribute to the organizing and planning of residential plumbing installation projects;
  • solve routine problems related to work environments using a variety of systemic approaches;
  • respond to environmental issues related to the plumbing trade.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake 

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

10 Mandatory Courses
1 Communications Course
1 General Education Course

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
DRFT 1015Plumbing Drafting and Blueprint Reading
ENVR 1003Environmental Health and Safety
MATH 1018Introduction to Technical Mathematics
PLMB 1000Plumbing Theory 1
PLMB 1001Plumbing Practical 1
PLMB 1002Plumbing Codes and Standards 1
PLMB 1003Plumbing Theory 2
PLMB 1004Plumbing Practical 2
PLMB 1005Plumbing Codes and Standards 2
WETC 1003Welding and Cutting Processes
Communications Courses
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.