Plumbing Techniques Program (T165)

Plumbing Techniques
School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades
Casa Loma Campus
1 year (2 semesters)
Ontario College Certificate
Plumbing Techniques focuses on residential, commercial and industrial applications in the plumbing industry, paying particular attention to residential plumbing. It is a hands-on program that will benefit anyone seeking to enter an apprenticeship or any construction-related career path.

Full Program Descriptions


The Plumbing Techniques program focuses on residential, commercial and industrial applications in the plumbing industry, paying particular attention to residential plumbing. It is a hands-on program that will benefit anyone seeking to enter an apprenticeship or any construction-related career path.

You will learn about the tools, materials, equipment and methods used in the plumbing industry and gain practice in estimating materials and labour costs. Through hands-on projects, you will learn proper use of hand tools and power tools, as well as the safety practices and procedures associated with these tools. The program includes studying industry standards and building codes while considering health and safety issues and energy conservation.

Projects include constructing and testing both drain and water systems, in addition to learning how to install hot water heaters and a variety of residential plumbing fixtures. The program includes research on the science of sanitation, water, and the forces acting on a sealed piping system with and without atmospheric pressure applied to it. You will study blueprints and learn basic drafting techniques that will enable you to design, comprehend and build plumbing systems. A final project will focus on how to maintain the plumbing system you install and those that you may encounter in the future.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Program standards apply to all similar programs of instruction offered by colleges across the province. Each program standard for a postsecondary program of instruction includes the following elements:

  • Vocational standard (the vocationally specific learning outcomes which apply to the program in question),
  • Essential employability skills (the essential employability skills learning outcomes which apply to all programs of instruction), and
  • General education requirement (the requirement for general education in postsecondary programs of instruction).

The vocational and essential employability skills components of program standards are expressed in terms of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved and verified.

View standards and outcomes by program.

Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Printable Curriculum Planner 2015-2016  PDF icon


Code Course name
BLDG1112 Introduction to Plumbing (Theory)
BLDG1113 Experience Plumbing (Shop)
BLDG1114 Trade Documentation
BLDG1110 Introduction to Welding and Steamfitting (Theory)
BLDG1111 Experience Welding and Steamfitting (Shop)
COMM1007 College English


Code Course name
BLDG1115 Safety, Hoisting and Rigging
BLDG1116 Plumbing Theory
BLDG1117 Plumbing Practical Techniques
BLDG1118 Plumbing Math
BLDG1119 Blueprints and Graphic Communication
GNED General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

The Industry 

The construction industry is one of the country’s largest employers, and skilled trades workers are among the highest paid and most in demand in Canada.

Tuition and Fees



Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older) 

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4023


Office: Casa Loma Campus, Room E311

For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002. 

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.