Apprenticeship Pipe Trades (APT) AAS

Last updated 4/2/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 6079

Program Contacts:
QC Campus

First Stop Center, 309-796-5100
LU 25 Apprenticeship Training Coordinator
Matt Lienan, 309-788-4159, jac25info@lu25.org


The Apprenticeship Pipe Trades (APT) Program is designed for those who have been accepted into the Pipe Trades Training Program, Local 25 Program School. This is a five-year program that includes 8500 hours of Pipe Trades apprenticeship training. Students seeking admission must meet the admissions requirements of the Bureau of Program Training, U.S. Department of Labor, the Joint Apprenticeship Committee of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois LU 25 JAC, and Black Hawk College. For further information concerning program training, contact the Apprenticeship Training Coordinator, Matt Lienan or the First Stop Center at Black Hawk College.

The Apprenticeship Pipe Trades AAS program will train apprentice plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, pipelayers, and heating and cooling technicians. The program stresses successful coordination with technicians of other trades through blueprint reading, applied mathematics, and interpersonal relationship skills.

Although this program is intended for entry-level jobs, a person with work experience may wish to complete the necessary coursework for a degree, which may then lead to a leadership position.

The degree program includes core courses in communications and math in addition to technical skills training. General Education courses are offered at Black Hawk College, and apprenticeship training is coordinated through the LU JAC training center.

Apprenticeship Pipe Trades (APT) AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 6079
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Year – First Semester
PT 111 — Heritage I (1)
PT 112 — Basic Pipe Trade Concepts (2)
PT 113 — Industrial Safety (1)
PT 114 — Math I (2)

Second Semester
PT 116 — Occupational Field Training (1)
Trade-specific Course (3)
General Education Choice:
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers  or  (3)
Math/Computer Science

Second Year – First Semester
PT 121 — Pipe Trades Technology II (3)
PT 122 — Scientific Principles (1)
PT 123 — Human Relations (1)

Second Semester
PT 125 — Math II (2)
PT 126 — Occupational Field Training (1)
Trade-specific Course (2)
General Education Choice:
ENG 101 — English Comp. I  or  (3)
ENG 102 — English Comp. II

Third Year – First Semester
PT 231 — Pipe Trades Technology III (3)
PT 233 — Math III (2)
PT 113 — Industrial Safety (1)

Second Semester

PT 236 — Occupational Field Training (1)
Trade-specific Course (3)
General Education Choice:
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communication (3)

Fourth Year – First Semester
PT 240 — Pipe Trades Technology IV (3)
PT 241 — Medical Gas Installation (1)
General Education Choice:
SPEC 114 — Interpersonal Communication  or  (3)
SPEC 175 — Intercultural Communication

Second Semester
PT 246 — Occupational Field Training (1)
Trade-specific Course (2)
Trade-specific Course (3)

Fifth Year – First Semester
PT 250 — Pipe Trades Technology V (2)
PT 113 — Industrial Safety (1)
General Education Choice:
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology  or  (3)
PSYC101 — Principles of Psychology

Second Semester
PT 251 — Certification Seminar (3)
PT 256 — Occupational Field Training (1)
General Education Choice:
Trade-specific Course (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (65)

Courses for this program include: »

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

SOC 101  Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.

Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

SPEC 114 Interpersonal Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines skills needed in informal face-to-face communication; emphasizes self-concept and interaction with others.

SPEC 175 Intercultural Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Promotes awareness, knowledge, and skills for communicating among persons of differing cultural backgrounds. Focuses on cultures with whom U.S. Americans interact.