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 Course Title:   Marine Sanitation Systems, Plumbing and Pumps

 Title Abbreviation:   SANITATION/PLUMBING/PUMP

 Department:    MT

 Course #:    136

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2013


 Course Description  

Covers marine specialized toilets, holding tanks, treatment systems, pumps, and discharge systems. Includes installation of marine pumps in new or retrofit vessels, tank sizing, plumbing, and applicable USCG and ABYC standards.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 44

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
N/A

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply regional and national laws regarding marine sanitation devices (MSD) and overboard discharge of gray and black water. Make appropriate decisions about tankage issues based on USCG requirements and ABYC standards H-24, H-25, and H-33 as they apply to fuel tanks.
  2. Work safely regarding personal hygiene while handling sanitation equipment, pumping out, and repairing these systems.
  3. Understand operation of a sea water flush toilet. (Raritan PHII and similar). Understand operation of an electric macerator type toilet. (Masterflush, Techna, composting toilets/LAVAC and similar). Understand hose specifications and standards.
  4. Design a functional MSD system including toilet, holding tank, vent, piping, anti-siphon valves and flush water requirements.
  5. Make piping decisions regarding flow, smell, service requirements. Make mounting decisions for various kinds of tanks of different materials. Make fill, vent, and supply plumbing decisions based on standards.
  6. Repair a manual flush toilet. Repair a Sealand Vacu-Flush toilet and an electric macerator type toilet.
  7. Acquire Sealand Sanitation Systems Certification. Apply industry practices for design and installation of tanks.
  8. Understand ABYC standard P-23 as it relates to potable water storage tanks. Understand the factors that affect pump ratings for flow, lift, and pressure. Understand the concept of “locked rotor” condition of pumps and how that affects current requirements and overcurrent protection choices.
  9. Monitor amperage of a pump circuit under normal flow, locked rotor, and no-load conditions.
  10. Install and troubleshoot various tank level gauge systems. Install and troubleshoot hot water tanks, wiring, and plumbing. Install a typical potable water system.
  11. Prepare fresh water and black water tanks for winter storage. Specify appropriate hose type for various fluids and applications on a boat.
  12. Identify pump types by self-priming and non-self priming categories. Identify pressure and flow characteristics of various kinds of pumps.
  13. Identify internal components of a flexible vane type pump, sliding vane type pump, external gear type pump, internal gear type pump, single and multiple diaphragm type pumps, centrifugal pump, and a magnetic drive centrifugal pump.
  14. Disassemble and repair various types of marine pumps. Install a thru-hull fitting in a solid fiberglass hull, a cored fiberglass hull, and a solid fiberglass hull with a “hull liner.”
  15. Specify components for a typical small boat potable water system including tank, piping, pump, accumulator, switches, and valves. Specify components for a typical bilge pump system and install same.
  16. Predict flow rate of a pump based on total head pressure of lift and length of hose plus bends using tables in ABYC standards.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.1 Apply theories and concepts studied in the classroom to field, clinical, shop, research, or laboratory settings.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

Course Contents

  1. Regional and national laws regarding marine sanitation devices (MSD) and overboard discharge of gray and black water.
  2. Safely handling sanitation equipment, pumping out, and repairing these systems.
  3. Operation of a sea water flush toilet. Operation of an electric macerator type toilet.
  4. Tankage issues based on USCG requirements and ABYC standards H-24, H-25, and H-33 as they apply to fuel tanks.
  5. Functional MSD system including toilet, holding tank, vent, piping, anti-siphon valves and flush water requirements.
  6. Piping decisions regarding flow, smell, service requirements. Manual flush toilet.
  7. ABYC standard P-23 as it relates to potable water storage tanks. Flow rate of a pump based on total head pressure of lift and length of hose plus bends using tables in ABYC standards.
  8. Sealand Vacu-Flush toilet and an electric macerator type toilet. Sealand Sanitation Systems Certification.
  9. Mounting decisions for various kinds of tanks of different materials. Industry practices for design and installation of tanks.
  10. Fill, vent, and supply plumbing decisions based on standards. Various tank level gauge systems.
  11. Fresh water and black water tanks. Hot water tanks, wiring, and plumbing.
  12. Self-priming and non-self priming pump types. Pressure and flow characteristics.
  13. Internal components of a flexible vane type pump, sliding vane type pump, external gear type pump, internal gear type pump, single and multiple diaphragm type pumps, centrifugal pump, and a magnetic drive centrifugal pump.
  14. Various types of marine pumps. Pump ratings for flow, lift, and pressure. “Locked rotor” condition of pumps. Typical bilge pump systems.
  15. Small boat potable water system including tank, piping, pump, accumulator, switches, and valves.
  16. Amperage of a pump circuit under normal flow, locked rotor, and no-load conditions. Appropriate hose types for various fluids and applications on a boat.
  17. Thru-hull fitting in a solid fiberglass hull, a cored fiberglass hull, and a solid fiberglass hull with a “hull liner.”