WTTP 1731
Mechanical Systems I

3.0 Credits


This course covers principles of piping, pumps and valves as they apply to the support systems in water treatment facilities. The principles of cross connection control will also be covered.

Delivery Method



Industry experience or acceptance into the Water Treatment Technology program.


The goals of WTTP 1731 (previously WTTP 173), Mechanical Systems I, are:

  • To provide you with the basics of these systems: pipes, fittings, hangers and supports, sealants, valves, and pumps used in plumbing applications.
  • To address the causes and results of cross connections occurrences.

Course Outline

Module A: Describe Common Piping Materials

Module B: Identify and Select Plumbing Fittings

Module C: Select and Install Hangers and Supports

Module D: Describe the Types of Sealants

Module E: Select and Install Piping/Tubing for Specific Applications

Module F: Identify Plumbing Valves

Module G: Pumps and Pump System Components

Module H: Select and Size Pumps

Module I: Install, Troubleshoot and Repair Pumps

Module J: Cross-Connection Control

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

There is no required textbook for this course.

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet required.

Self-organized field trips may be required for gathering of data for various assignments.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is by phone or email. Students will receive a welcome letter or email from the Open Learning Faculty Member providing contact information when starting the course.


To successfully complete this course students must obtain 50% or higher in the course overall. Students taking this course and applying it towards a Certificate I, II, or III or Water Treatment Diploma must obtain a minimum 60% average in the course overall to meet program requirements.

The final assessment will be determined on the following basis:

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final exam 50%