Technical Standards for Plumbing

A student wishing to enroll in the Plumbing curriculum must meet the following standards:

  • Reach, manipulate and operate equipment necessary for laboratory work
  • Not have a debilitating fear of small spaces or heights
  • Make accurate measurements with test equipment and/or measuring instruments
  • Troubleshoot projects, components and equipment to include detecting and evaluating slight differences in color, distance, smell, vibration, sound and movement
  • Repair and/or replace defective components
  • Communicate with others in English to accurately gather information relevant to defects in
  • equipment, components and/or products
  • Be able to interpret and work from blueprints, schematics or sketches
  • Be able to identify wire, components and supplies by color code
  • Be able to lift and/or carry a 40- to 60-pound object, as well as to carry the object to the top of a ladder
  • Be able to test, install and/or repair items located at the ceiling of a room or on top of a building
  • Be able to understand orders, instructions and descriptions as well as be able to read and comprehend technical manuals, manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels in English
  • Not be allergic to petroleum products or any other chemical used in the program
  • Be able to hand dig a ditch up to 2 feet in depth and maintain a given slope
  • Not have a fear of fire or sparks
  • Be able to work with hands
  • Not have a fear of getting clothes or hands dirty
  • Be able to locate and interpret North Carolina General Statues, city codes, department rules and
  • regulations
  • Be able to wear hard hats, safety glasses, steel-toe shoes and other safety-related equipment as required by the industry

The plumbing trade is one with many inherent risks, and the safety of the employee (student) is of the utmost concern and cannot and should not be compromised just because an individual wants to go into the trade.