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PLHE 1055

Plumbing Code Interpretation

Credits: 3

Description: This course provides the learner with an introduction to the Minnesota State Plumbing Code as it relates to basic plumbing principles, materials, installation limitations, and licensing laws. Prerequisite(s): None

Credit Breakdown: 3/0/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.

Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate effective communication/interaction skills.
  2. Demonstrate self-development skills.
  3. Demonstrate technology skills.
  4. Demonstrate career/computation skills.


  1. Develop an understanding of code principles as related to the plumbing industry.
  2. Estimate drainage, waste, and venting systems in residential applications.
  3. Estimate drainage, waste, and venting systems in commercial applications.
  4. Recall specific industry related plumbing codes.
  5. Formulate designs related to proper residential and commercial water piping sizing.
  6. Ascertain proper application of backflow protection devices.
  7. Develop an understanding of storm water drainage systems.
  8. Recognize professional credentialing related to plumbing career development.
  9. Develop an understanding of water conditioning license requirement as related to the Minnesota plumbing code.

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with the Learning Services Director in the Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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