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After completing this course, the licensee should be able to: 

• Describe what typical piping systems consist of and explain their importance to plant operations.

• Identify common valves and fittings, pipe hangers and supports 

• Describe the effects of temperature on piping system components and explain the need for insulation.

• List routine maintenance considerations for piping systems.

• Explain how metal pipes are sized and designated according to standard codes and schedules.

• Identify the characteristics of metals that make them suitable for a variety of piping applications. 

• Discuss the major considerations involved in the maintenance of metal piping.

• Describe the different methods of connecting sections of metal pipe, including bell-and-spigot joints, welded, soldered, or brazed joints, screwed or threaded joints, and flanged joints.

• Name the basic nonmetallic piping materials and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

• Identify the different forms of concrete pipe.

• Discuss the limitations of plastic pipe. 

• Explain the difference between thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic pipe.

• Describe how to join sections of nonmetallic pipe, and how to maintain them.

• Compare piping and tubing and list the major advantages of tubing.

• Describe the methods of cutting, bending, and joining sections of tubing. 

• List the main types of metal tubing and describe the kinds of industrial applications in which they are used.

• List the main types of plastic tubing and describe the kinds of industrial applications in which they are used.

• Explain how hoses are sized, classified, and con‐ structed.

• Define basic hose terminology.

• Discuss the respective advantages of metallic hose, nonmetallic hose, and reinforced nonmetallic hose.

• Describe the common types of hose couplings used in industrial service.

• List the primary maintenance requirements of hoses.

  • Course ID(s): 3112
  • Approved By: Department of Environmental Quality

Instructor Bio

Jerry Durham

Jerry previously served the state of North Carolina as a Level III electrical inspector and provided state-approved electrical training for electrical inspectors at both Alamance County and Guilford County (NC) Community Colleges. Jerry taught the Kentucky state-approved four-year electrical apprenticeship programs offered by the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Trade School and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Trade School, and served the state of Kentucky as a Master Electrician and Louisville Metro Code Enforcement Officer. Jerry is a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) and NCCER Core and Electrical Curriculum certified instructor. Jerry currently holds North Carolina and ICC electrical inspector accreditations and is recognized by the state of Washington as an approved electrical administrator.