Jun 04, 2023  
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog 

Apprenticeship Plumber Independent Technology: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 63 credits minimum

Apprenticeship and Construction Related Technology Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus CT 274
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-4066
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Generally, Apprenticeship faculty members are chosen from journeymen who are working in the field with a minimum of six years experience. All instructors are hired as adjunct on a semester-by-semester basis.

Program Description
A plumber is a compulsory licensed craftsman who performs any mechanical work in the installation, maintenance, repair, removal and replacement of water supply and water/liquid waste removal. Plumbers do both interior and exterior work in greatly varying job conditions. To sit for the journeyman exam, an apprentice must complete 576 minimum hours of related instruction and four years and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Application with the State of Utah Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing must be made upon employment. Suggested registration with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training is strongly encouraged, but is optional at the discretion of the employer. This curriculum is articulated statewide through all instructional institutions.

The College provides classroom-related and supplemental instruction for apprenticeship programs. Classes are held in the days, evenings, and Saturdays, depending on the program. The College neither provides on-the-job training nor acts as a sponsor for apprentices. Individuals must locate their own sponsors. For individual industry-sponsored programs, students should contact their employers’ training director or the Apprenticeship Office.

The Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship is the federal registering agency for all Utah programs. For National credentials, students and sponsors need to be registered with the Federal Office of Apprenticeship, 125 South State Street, Suite 2412, Salt Lake City, UT 84138. Sponsors are encouraged to be registered with the Office of Apprenticeship. All plumbers must register with the Utah State Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, (801) 530-6628.

Career Opportunities
Apprenticeship students are expected to be employed while participating in related training course work.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students who earn an AAS degree in Apprenticeship Plumber Independent Technology have the option to transfer into the Technology Management Bachelor Degree at Utah Valley University. UVU will accept up to 45 technical credits towards this degree. Contact the University Center for current information at www.slcc.edu/universitycenter/programs or call (801) 957-4824.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Approximate program/course fees: $14.00 per semester

Note: Apprenticeship programs are not eligible for financial aid.

Estimated Time to Completion
Apprenticeship programs are composed of two parts: (1) on-the-job training is provided by a sponsor who exposes the apprentice to practical applications in all phases of a particular craft; (2) classroom-related instruction is designed to provide the apprentice with knowledge of theoretical and technical aspects of their craft. Total completion of an apprenticeship program will take up to five years, depending upon the craft.

Program Entry Requirements
All entering students must demonstrate competence for placement into MATH 0980  by scoring a minimum of 75 on the arithmetic portion of the College Placement Test, or provide a transcript showing a grade of C or higher in MATH 0920  or MATH 0950  or completing APPR 1470 (Math for the Trades)  with a grade of C or higher before registering for the Plumbing program.

For information about getting started, please visit: http://www.slcc.edu/gettingstarted/index.asp

Licensure Information
The Plumber Independent Apprenticeship is designed to prepare students to apply for professional licensure through the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL)

Licensure requirements vary state to state.  In order to work as a Plumber in another state, students must satisfy that state’s licensure requirements.  We recommend that students who are planning to move out of Utah research licensure requirements in other states.  Here is one suggested website: License Finder sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Once a student earns a Plumber license in Utah, the student may be eligible for licensure reciprocity in a few other states.  More information about licensure reciprocity is available at the National Center for Construction Education & Research website.  If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state, please contact your academic advisor, or SLCC’s state authorization coordinator for help.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge.
2 - Communicate Effectively.
3 - Develop quantitative literacies.
4 - Think critically and creatively.
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged.
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner.
7 - Develop computer and information literacy.

Achieve entry-level proficiency in all areas of carpentry as well as advanced training as work experience is added.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Be prepared to continue in the workforce having the necessary workplace skills.

2, 3, 4, 5

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

Human Relations (HR) 1 course

Distribution Areas (9 Credits)

Choose 1 course each from 3 of the following Distribution Areas



PLI students may still be short credit hours after having completed the major course requirements and general education requirements. If so, additional credit hours from one of the distribution areas will be necessary to meet the 63 credit hour minimum for the AAS degree.

Advising Notes

The classes are to be taken in the sequence in which they are given. A student must complete each class and a comprehensive competency exam with a C or higher grade to move on to the next level class. Each course will be offered once per year with odd number courses in the fall semester and even numbered courses in the spring semester. Those requiring a math class prior to entering the program should check the schedule to see if an offset class will be offered for first year students only. Failure to complete the necessary course work or to register in a timely manner for each class will add one full year to the apprentice’s program.

All major PLI course requirements must be taken to complete the apprenticeship portion of the curriculum. The Plumbing Independent Technology courses are also available online.

It is the students’ responsibility to understand the requirements for their chosen program of study and to examine each course description for details about the prerequisite classes. It is highly recommended that each student meet with the Apprenticeship Program Advisor prior to starting this program. The Program Advisor may be reached in Academic and Career Advising.

*It is recommended to those students seeking the AAS degree to complete the general education requirements in the summer semesters or the year following completion of the Apprenticeship core courses.

It is recommended to those students seeking the AAS degree to complete the general education requirements in the summer semesters or the year following completion of all the Apprenticeship core courses. Students seeking the AAS degree must apply and successfully pass their Journeyman’s exam. Once a student has received their Journeyman’s license they must also submit a copy to the Graduation Office with the Graduation Application. The Plumbing Independent Technology courses are also available online.

Additional Program Note

A Certificate in Plumbing Independent Technology is also available. For more information about this certificate, contact the Apprenticeship Office, Taylorsville Redwood Campus, CT 274, (801) 957-4066.

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