Online Master Plumber Courses
The following overviews describe some commonly offered online courses for aspiring master plumbers.
- OSHA Overview Course: This course discusses how OSHA serves to protect workers and their rights. Specific regulations covered include those regarding personal protective and life support equipment, the use of hand and power tools, welding and cutting, scaffolding, excavations and trench shoring. Risk of and protection against exposure to toxic and hazard material are also covered.
- Plumbing Inspection Course: Students examine state and federal plumbing codes as they serve to regulate requirements for the water and fuel piping supply, distribution, drainage and waste disposal. Piping sizes and requirements for specific purposes are discussed, along with the regulation of the design, materials, components and installation of piping systems. An overview of accessibility standards is also included.
- Technical Mathematics Course: Students learn to apply skills needed to solve practical mathematical problems related to the design and installation of plumbing systems. Included is an overview of the English and metric systems of measurements. Commonly required mathematical calculations using basic arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry and geometry are discussed.
- Blueprint Reading Course: Terminology and symbols associated with blueprint reading for residential and non-residential construction are introduced. Students learn how to read and create technical sketches, such as working, assembly and piping drawings, as well as reviewing code requirements. Included is a discussion of projection and dimensioning systems, sectional views and geometric tolerances.
- Green Building and Plumbing Course: Green building practices relevant to plumbing systems, including the evolution of these systems and their increasing sophistication to meet needs and address environmental issues, are the focus of this course. Students consider a variety of green plumbing system topics, such as waste water collection and recycling, water distribution, non-utility water use and the treatments of both potable and non-potable water.
- Mechanical Systems Course: This course will educate students in the mechanical workings of plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems. The course will focus on these systems in commercial construction.
- Safety, Tools and Fixtures Course: Students will learn plumbing safety practices required on construction job sites. Topics include the safe use of plumbing tools and the safe construction of plumbing components.
- Remodeling and Repairing Plumbing Systems Course: This course covers the skills needed to successfully repair and remodel plumbing systems and how this differs from new installations. Included is repair of water supply systems, waste systems, drains and venting systems.
Aspiring master plumbers can enroll in online courses that are part of a general trade or federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) certification program, or an associate-level construction management program. Some courses may also be offered as stand-alone courses for master plumber licensing exam preparation or continuing education purposes. These courses, which can be completed fully online, prepare journeyman plumbers to work independently and manage projects or teams of plumbers following licensure. Contractors, engineers or construction managers may also seek master plumber licensure.
Those interested in learning about plumbing can find online classes offered through vocational schools and colleges located throughout the country. These courses can lead to a degree or certificate or can be taken as stand-alones to gain plumbing knowledge in a specific area such as plumbing inspection, plumbing repair, or OSHA compliance.