Programs & courses

PLUMBING

The Plumber protects the health and safety of the community by providing pure water to residential, commercial and industrial buildings for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning, manufacturing or personal use, and to remove wastewater after it has served its purpose.
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STEAMFITTING

The Steamfitter protects our environment by properly installing piping and equipment for complex heating/air conditioning and special industrial piping systems such as semiconductor, biotechnology and power generation.
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RESIDENTIAL

PLUMBING

The Residential Plumber protects the health and safety of the community by providing pure water to residential dwellings for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning, or personal use, and to remove waste water after it has served its purpose.
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REFRIGERATION

The Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Service Mechanic is responsible for the service, repair, installation, and retrofit of all types of refrigeration equipment, from the smallest air conditioning systems to the air conditioning and refrigeration units used in hospitals, skyscrapers, research and development laboratories, supermarkets and other complex installations.
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Plumbing

The Plumber protects the health and safety of the community by removing waste water and providing pure water to residential, commercial and industrial buildings for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning, manufacturing, and personal use. 

Each year in the apprenticeship program consists of 1760 hours of on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a Journeyperson. Apprentices spend two evenings per week in class with a traditional summer break. During class, students are taught science, theory and practical application of the trade. They also learn to install all piping and plumbing fixtures in accordance with local plumbing codes and Board of Health requirements. 

At the end of the five year training period, after all classroom and on-the-job requirements have been met,  the apprentice is granted journey level status and awarded a completion certificate from the State of California. Apprenticeship classes may be applied toward an Associates Degree from Foothill College.

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UA plumbing introduction video

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Course topics by instruction year

  • Basic Plumbing Skills

  • Applied & Related Theory

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  • Beginning Drawing & Design

  • Rigging & Layout

  • Industrial Safety

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  • Plumbing Fixtures

  • Plumbing Code

  • Advanced Trade Math

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  • Water Systems

  • Applied Welding

  • Advanced Drawing & Blueprint Reading

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  • Industrial Installations

  • Medical Gas Installation

  • Elective

  • Review & Turnout

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Take a virtual tour of the plumbing classrooms and workshops

 
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UA steamfitting introduction video

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Steamfitting

The Steamfitter protects our environment by properly installing piping and equipment for complex heating, air conditioning, and special industrial piping systems such as semiconductor, biotechnology, and power generation.

Each year the apprenticeship program consists of 1760 hours of on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a Journeyperson. Apprentices spend two evenings per week in class with a traditional summer break. During class, students are taught science, theory and practical application of the trade.

At the end of the five year training period, after all classroom and on-the-job requirements have been met, the apprentice is granted journey level status and awarded a completion certificate from the State of California. Apprenticeship classes may be applied toward an Associates Degree from Foothill College.

Course topics by instruction year

  • Basic Steamfitting Skills

  • Related Math, Drawing & Rigging

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  • Cutting & Welding

  • Science, Electrical & Air Conditioning

  • Industrial Safety

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  • Advanced Trade Math

  • Steam Technology

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  • Hydronic Systems

  • Industrial Rigging

  • Advanced Drawing & Blueprint Reading

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  • Industrial Installations

  • Medical Gas Installations

  • Elective

  • Review & Turnout

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Take a virtual tour of the steamfitting classrooms and workshops

 

Residential plumbing

The Residential Plumber protects the health and safety of the community by removing waste water and providing pure water to residential dwellings for drinking, cooking, washing, and cleaning. 

Each year in the apprenticeship program consists of 1760 hours of on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a Journeyperson. Apprentices spend one to two evenings per week in class with a traditional summer break. During class, students are taught plumbing code, science, theory, and practical application of the trade. They also learn to install all piping and plumbing fixtures in accordance with local plumbing codes and Board of Health requirements. 

At the end of the four-year training period, after all classroom and on-the-job requirements have been met, the apprentice is granted journey level status and awarded a completion certificate from the State of California. Apprenticeship classes may be applied toward an Associates Degree from Foothill College.

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UA residential plumbing introduction video

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Course topics by instruction year

  • Intro to Residential Plumbing; Safety; Tools 

  • Residential Drainage Systems 

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  • Residential Gas & Water Installations  

  • Mathematics for Residential Plumbers  

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  • Residential Blueprint Reading  

  • Residential Piping Lay-Out & Installation  

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  • Residential Plumbing Codes  

  • Residential Gas Installations: Service Work  

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Take a virtual tour of the residential plumbing

classrooms and workshops

 

Refrigeration

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The Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Service Mechanic ensures indoor air quality by servicing and repairing all types of refrigeration equipment. From small buildings to larger, complex air conditioning and refrigeration units used in hospitals, skyscrapers, manufacturing facilities, research and development laboratories, the HVCR Mechanic maintains comfortable and safe indoor environments.

Each year in the apprenticeship program consists of 1760 hours of on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a Journeyperson. Apprentices spend two evenings per week in class with a traditional summer break. During class, students are taught science, theory and practical application of the trade.
 
At the end of the five year training period, after all classroom and on-the-job requirements have been met, the apprentice is granted journey level status and awarded a completion certificate from the State of California. Apprenticeship classes may be applied toward an Associates Degree from Foothill College.

Course topics by instruction year

  • Basic Refrigeration Service Skills

  • Basic Electricity & Refrigeration

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  • Mechanical Systems

  • Electrical Controls Fundamentals

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  • Advanced Electric Controls

  • HVAC Pneumatic & Electric Control Systems

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  • Industrial Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Service

  • Advanced Refrigeration and Chillers

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  • Start, Test & Balance

  • HVAC Systems

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Take a virtual tour of the refrigeration classrooms and workshops

 

Frequently asked questions

Q: How much does the PTTC program cost? 

A: It's free!

Q: How much does the PTTC program cost? 

Q: How do I apply? 

Q: How do I apply? 

A: During enrollment, you can apply here:

Q: How much does a job in the trades pay? 

Q: How much does a job in the trades pay? 

A: Apprentices earn over $30/hr to start, and it goes up from there