Wytheville Community College

Career and Technical Studies
Degree: 
Construction Technology Diploma, Plumbing Track
Length: 
Five Semesters
Purpose: 

A shortage of qualified plumbers, residential and commercial, and workers in the plumbing trades has created the need for trained personnel in the construction industry. The Construction Technology Plumbing Diploma track is designed for those seeking entry level employment in the Plumbing Trades and is a pathway to Virginia Tradesman Licensure. Successful completion of the two year Construction Technology
Plumbing Diploma meets eligibility requirements for those seeking Virginia Tradesman Licensure. In addition, a minimum of two years of documented work experience in the trade is required for licensure. The Plumbing Diploma (including the integrated Plumbing Trades Career Studies Certificate) provides training based on the current Virginia adoption of the Plumbing code. In addition, the track provides training and a pathway that can lead to a number of construction related credentials including Contractor Licensure, and OSHA 10-30 Construction Industry Safety Training.

Occupational Objectives: 

Journeyman Plumbing Tradesman
Entry Level Plumber Helper
Entry Level Plumbing Trades Worker

Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Construction Technology Diploma Program requires competency in English ENF 1 and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required ENF or MTE units or equivalent.

First Year
First Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 140*
*

Integrated 24 credit Plumbing Career Studies Certificate

Principles of Plumbing Trade I 3 0 3
BLD 110 Introduction to Construction 3 0 3
BLD 141* Principles of Plumbing Trade II 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
BLD 215 OSHA 30 Construction Safety 2 0 2
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 0 12
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 105 Shop Practices and Procedures 2 3 2
BLD 142* Principles of Plumbing Trade III 3 0 3
ENG 100 Basic Occupational Communication 3 0 3
BLD 111 Blueprint Reading and the Building Code 2 2 3
BLD 200 Sustainable Construction 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 5 14
Third Semester (Summer)
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 144* Plumbing Code and Certification Preparation 3 0 3
BLD 190* Coordinated Internship
or 0 9 3
BLD 198* Seminar and Project
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 3 9 6
Second Year
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 101 Construction Management I 3 0 3
Elective**
**

Core Electives: ELE 110, ELE 115, ELE 127, AIR 121, AIR 122

 

NOTE: Students may only earn ONE Construction Technology Diploma.  Completion of additional coursework in multiple Construction Technology tracks MAY lead to the awarding of Career Studies Certificates in the other tracks if appropriate. Consult with your faculty advisor if you wish to earn multiple awards.

Core Elective 3 0 3
ENE 105 Solar Thermal Active and Passive Technology 3 3 4
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3 0 3
BLD 195 Topics in Plumbing 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 3 16
Fifth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
Elective** Core Elective 3 0 3
BLD 290 Coordinated Internship
or 0 9 3
BLD 298 Seminar and Project
BLD 143* Plumbing and Blueprint Reading 3 0 3
MTH 104 Applied Technical Mathematics II 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 9 12
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