12 Steps of a Successful Plumbing Design

Plumbing 101 – 12 Steps of a Successful Plumbing Design


Original Air Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Earn Continuing Education Credits: This one-hour contact program provides 0.1 CEU or 1.0 PDH.


Both beginner and seasoned engineers can benefit by learning 12 simple, yet valuable, steps to successfully design a plumbing system during this webinar.

These 12 steps serve as road map that will help plumbing engineers navigate a project's specific tasks from beginning to end. The steps presented will provide a systematic method to follow for both beginning engineers and seasoned designers.

For each step, the webinar will explain how to reference the appropriate Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook volume (see all titles here) and the relevant chapter to find further design details. These publications, written and published by ASPE, are a valuable tool to help plumbing engineers and designers navigate the most difficult projects. If your project involves simple or complex calculations, these handbooks are an invaluable resource. Coupled with the handbooks, the 12 Steps webinar will help you be successful in all of your projects.

BONUS! Are you interested in sitting for the CPD exam in the coming years? This webinar will provide insight on the subject matter covered on the exam and which handbooks to reference.


About the Speaker: Joe Hernandez, CPD

Joe graduated with an Associate's Degree in Science and Architecture from Henry Ford Community College and graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Technology. He is a charter member of the Eastern Michigan Chapter of ASPE. He is the 1996 recipient of the Region 2 Chairman’s Award for the development of the chapter's education program. He has designed all facets of plumbing including automotive, industrial, commercial, retail, healthcare, and pharmaceutical.

He started his career as an architectural draftsman in 1971 and later progressed to mechanical systems. It was this progression that led his educational pursuits to change from architecture to engineering. His numerous healthcare designs include the Detroit Medical Centers, Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, Pontiac Osteopathic, St. Luke’s –Saginaw, and Williams County Healthcare–Ohio. In addition, he has:

  • Designed the first six-story replacement parking structure at Detroit Metro Airport. 
  • Designed a six-story Hematology Research Building for Abbott Labs in Chicago and a four-story chemistry building in North Chicago.
  • Developed a Water Intrusion Test Cell for General Motors.
  • Designed Dyna-monitor Cells for Ford Motor Company to simulate engine failures.
  • Designed a new Law School for the University of Michigan (Hutchins Hall) and the complete remodel for the six-story Couzens Hall dormitory.

He also presented “Basic Plumbing 101” at the 2009 Technical Symposium in Dearborn, MI.



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