WPC plumbing demonstration

By Steve Brown

A highlight of WPC is going to be the demonstration area. Four demonstration areas are to be set up where two students from each college will perform a variety of tasks under the supervision of a mentor.

Each of the teams will start with a different task, which we believe will add further interest as each task will be demonstrated. The tasks selected are in line with the capabilities of the participating students and each team will complete each task.

Installing a high‑pressure hot water cylinder

The tasks selected will include:

  • installing a high‑pressure hot water cylinder fully compliant in terms of SANS10254;
  • a wash basin and under unit point‑of‑use geyser;
  • wastewater lines for a WC and a wall‑mounted urinal including a vent stack; and
  • constructing to detail and outline of the continent of Africa using copper pipe and fittings, as well as fusion welded pipe system.

We believe the tasks selected will be valuable to all the students in attendance. With the emphasis being placed on plumbing as a trade choice, value will be added to the participating colleges who have taken a stand to create awareness of their college and their courses available to future learners.

The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) career stand will cover all aspects of our industry, from general maintenance work through to construction and civil projects, which we believe will demonstrate the diversity of plumbing in all sectors, not just pipes and toilets. The intention is to create awareness of the role plumbing plays in our daily lives and the health aspects of plumbing.

The demonstration area is to be managed by IOPSA members who will assist with questions posed by the public. The participating colleges will have lecturers available to assist the learners in their tasks.

Material sponsors will provide practical demonstrations on their products utilised in the specific tasks, to enhance the level of training to the learners.

The practical demonstration, although not a competition, will sharpen the students’ skills. The demonstrations that will be carried our prior to each task will increase the knowledge and skills of the participants. The practical demonstration will take place over two days.

We as IOPSA are seeking to create an interactive and interesting demo and career guidance area to generate interest in the plumbing field.

We look forward to a large attendance from the TVET college students and the general public. I encourage plumbers and those in our industry to visit the demonstration area to support and encourage our future plumbers.

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