405 Plumbing

Deputy coordinator Petri Jyrinki and coordinator Tommi Mäntylä from Tredu.

The competition tasks are based on the requirements of the grade Excellent (K3) n the vocational qualification. The competition is based on the objectives and assessment criteria of the grade Excellent (K3) in the vocational qualification in Building Maintenance Technology, study programme Plumbing. The most suitable background for the participants in the plumbing competition is the vocational qualification in Building Maintenance Technology, study programme Plumbing.

For students who have started their studies in accordance with the qualification requirements, the most suitable background is either the study programme of Plumbing or Heating Installer. The holders of the qualification mainly work as heating and plumbing installers or in building maintenance.

The skill level of the finals task is 15 skill points (total).

Skill requirements

The competence areas of the skill category are basic building maintenance technology, heating and plumbing installation, welding techniques, and measuring-, control- and automation technology.

FINALS TASK STRUCTURE AND THE CENTRAL TASK CONTENTS

The competition task is to install a hybrid boiler, a heating and water supply system with the necessary equipment, and drains with mounts.

The water pipes are installed using a composite pipe. Connections are made with compression and threaded fittings, turns by bending and using compression and threaded fittings.

The heating pipes are installed using a zinc-plated thin-wall steel pipe. Turns are made by bending and using compression fittings.

The drains are installed using a DB drainage pipe.

There is also a theory task regarding the systems and installations.

TASK DURATION AND ALLOTTED TIME

Monday 14 May 2018
Accreditation of competitors, supporters and other officials from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Tuesday 15 May 2017: first competition day from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.
The day starts with a briefing at 9.00 am. The competition time is 8 hours, including lunch and other breaks.
The task of the first competition day is to install water pipes and fixtures according to the drawings.

Wednesday 16 May 2017: second competition day, 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
The day starts with a briefing at 8.00 am. The competition time is 8.30 hours, including lunch and other breaks.
The task of the second competition day is to install a heating system accordance with the drawings.

Thursday 17 May 2017: third competition day from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm.
The day starts with a briefing at 7.30 am. The competition time is 5 hours, including lunch and other breaks.
The task of the third competition day is to install a drain and to perform a theory task regarding the installations and systems.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA FOR THE COMPETITION TASK

The competition task is assessed on the following components:

  • measurement accuracy, overview, tidiness, compliance with drawings
  • mounts, bends, vertical and horizontal straightness
  • water-tightness of the connections (pressure test)
  • work safety, waste separation, sustainable development

DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS

The same judges assess the same measuring points in order to perform the assessment as fairly as possible and using the same criteria. Matters related to the assessment are communicated to the competitor in the morning briefings on each competition day. The assessment should follow the practices of good installation methods. The judges should also help the competitors in all matters related to the competition task. The main judge has the final authority in unclear cases in the competition situation.

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT USED IN THE COMPETITION

The competition organizer will provide the following:

  • a hybrid boiler, a solar thermal collector, a pump group unit
  • pipes, mounts, pipe components, fittings, brackets, couplings and compression parts
  • water fixtures
  • radiators
  • compression tools

The competitor must bring the following:

  • a workbench with a pipe clamp and a screw clamp
  • a work stand
  • pipe cutters for composite pipe and thin-wall steel pipe
  • a hacksaw and a crosscut saw for cutting the drainage pipes
  • pipe benders for composite pipes, 16 mm and 20 mm
  • pipe benders for thin-wall steel pipe, 12 mm and 15 mm
  • a battery-powered drill with screwdriver bits
  • 2 wrenches
  • a monkey wrench and a pipe wrench
  • a spirit level, a tape measure, a try square, callipers
  • marking equipment
  • hemp, putty, tape, lubricant and normal plumber’s tools
  • work outfit, safety vest, helmet, safety boots, gloves, safety glasses

SAMPLE TASK AND ASSESSMENT

The final competition task from 2015 can be used as an example and rehearsal task.

The competition task of 2018 is published in the briefing of the first competition day.

Sample task 

The sample task is a plumbing diagram drawn by Kaukora Oy and a reference to the competition task of 2015.

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