NSF-ATE Engineered Plumbing Systems Grant Project (PIPED)

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What is Program in Plumbing Engineering Design

(PIPED) ?

The Program in Plumbing Engineering Design (PIPED) is a three-year initiative that will develop a national curriculum and program for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in plumbing engineering design through a partnership with City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE).  Currently, no technician level of plumbing engineering design exists, and the PIPED initiative addresses this serious and widening gap.  The PIPED (Program in Plumbing Engineering Design) initiative will develop: 

  • a collaborating partnership with a community college, high schools, and plumbing engineering employers
  • a national, standardized curriculum and set of courses that can be a moddel for community colleges
  • a national certification test and certification for plumbing
  • plumbing engineering lessons that can be integrated into high schools to increase STEM knowledge
  • plumbing engineering design books and calculating tools

About the Grant  

This grant will fund the development of a national curriculum, activities that will support subsequent implementation, and a blueprint for development of a national partnership that will increase the number of plumbing engineering design technicians and increase the STEM knowledge and skills of PIPED technicians.  This new pathway also addresses facilitation of entry for underserved learners.  The need for plumbing engineering design technicians is increasing, as plumbing engineers already working in the industry are aging and the need for technicians skilled in green design is expanding.


The first two years are focused on planning, while the third year will be implementation of the program.  CCSF will lead the curriculum efforts, while ASPE will develop the certification exam. Classroom materials will be developed cooperatively.


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1103826.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.