City College of San Francisco
Course Outline of Record
Course Status: Active
A. Approval Date February 2016
B. Effective Semester Fall 2016
C. Department Engineering & Technology
D. Course Number ET 139B
E. Course Title Plumbing System Design Fundamentals
F. Course Outline Originator Vishal Bakshi
F. Co-Contributor(s):
Vishal Bakshi
G. Department Chairperson Hitesh Soneji
H. Dean David Yee
A. Hours
Lecture: 52.5
Homework: 105
Total Hours: 157.5
B. Units 3
C. Prerequisite None
    Corequisite None
    Pre/Corequisite None
    Advisory ET 130
    Advisory Pre/Corequisite None
D. Course Justification Provides engineering students with varying backgrounds and work experience the opportunity to learn the basic concepts of engineering plumbing systems to prepare them for employment in the plumbing industry. This course meets requirements for the Mechanical Engineering Technology major and Engineered Plumbing Systems Certificate.
E. Field Trips Yes
F. Method of Grading Only Letter
G. Repeatability Course is not repeatable
Design and sizing for a wide variety of plumbing systems, acoustics in plumbing construction, plumbing system specifications, plumbing construction costs, coordination of plumbing design with other construction work, energy conservation and review of plumbing installations.
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
  1. Relate engineering principles to air, gas vacuum, water and fire protection systems in buildings
  2. Interpret plumbing regulations and integrate engineering codes into plumbing systems efficiently
  3. Design and select appropriate equipment for various systems such as water and waste treatment, compressed air, vacuum, medical gas, pools, irrigation and fire protection
  4. Interpret construction documents and estimate construction costs
  5. Appraise an energy efficient design.
  1. Insulation and noise control
    1. Temperature requirements
    2. Insulation material selection
    3. Insulation installation methods
  2. Storm water systems and site utilities
    1. Storm water load and design parameters
    2. Piping system for storm water capacity
    3. Fixture selection and drainage requirements
  3. Water treatment, industrial and special waste systems
    1. Industrial waste management
    2. Types of special waste and their effects
    3. Piping materials for special waste
    4. Water treatment design parameters
  4. Compressed air, vacuum and medical gas
    1. Design criteria and parameters
    2. Fluid flow rates and friction loss
    3. Fixture and equipment selection
    4. Safety issues and considerations
  5. Pools, pumps and irrigation systems
    1. Pump sizing and system curves
    2. Water flow rate and sanitation requirements for pools
    3. Irrigation water requirements and system capacity
    4. Irrigation drainage requirement and fixture selections
  6. Plumbing construction cost
    1. Types of cost
    2. Cost estimation methods
    3. Productivity rates
    4. Cost factors and considerations
  7. Fire protection systems
    1. Building load capacity
    2. Sprinkler selection
    3. Code requirements
  8. Specifications and special building types
    1. Design variation with building types
    2. Water capacity parameters
    3. Standards, codes and specifications
  9. Plumbing/electrical requirements
    1. Safety hazards
    2. Design considerations and equipment selection
  10. Energy conservation
    1. Design techniques
    2. Equipment selection
    3. Water management
  1. Assignments
    1. In-class activity: Participation in discussions on engineering plumbing systems and approaches to solving plumbing system problems. For example, compute the entrance loss when fluid enters a pipe from a static reservoir such as a storm water system.
    2. In-class activity: Case studies and design examples of the various plumbing systems studied in the course. For example, analyze and compare fire protection systems for various types of buildings based on the code regulations and design considerations.
    3. Out-of-class assignment: Outside of Class readings to correspond with topics covered in class such as costing of plumbing construction and fire protection service code requirements.
    4. Out-of-class assignment: Problem sets covering topics in course content that progressively develop skills in engineering plumbing problems. For example, compute the flow rates in all branches of a fire protection system having three or more branches.
  2. Evaluation
    1. Other: The problem assignments will be evaluated for correctness of methodology and accuracy of the answer.
    2. Exams/Quizzes/Tests: Weekly problem sets that focus on design problems of plumbing systems.
    3. Exams/Quizzes/Tests: A written midterm exam to measure student's overall understanding of the concepts as well as analytical skills to solve engineering plumbing system problems. For example, discuss the effect of Reynolds number and surface geometry on the drag coefficient. Another example is to calculate the velocity or volume flow rate through an irrigation system with known pressure differences and elevation heads.
    4. Final Assessment: A comprehensive written final exam to measure student's overall understanding of the concepts as well as analytical skills to solve engineering plumbing system problems. For example, compute the flow rate of various medical gases through a nozzle in a commercial application. Another example is to specify a parallel plumbing distribution system which conserves the most energy in a residential application.
  3. Representative Textbooks and Other Instructional Materials
    1. Steele. 2013. Advanced Plumbing Technology. ASPE.
    2. Bouchard. 2013. Automatic Sprinkler System Handbook. NFPA.
CREDIT/DEGREE APPLICABLE (meets all standards of Title 5. Section 55002(a))