About the Author
E. Keith Blankenbaker is a leader in technology education curriculum development. He introduced up to date technology education into the secondary schools where he taught in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. As a teacher educator he developed, and for 25 years, taught construction technology
courses for technology education majors at The Ohio State University. All over this same period he taught technology education curriculum, laboratory design, and supervised student teachers. He is the creator of three Goodheart-Willcox books: Modern Plumbing, Construction and Building Technology and
Painting and Decorating, along with several other texts. He has served as principal investigator for the Construction Education Curriculum Project, funded by the Associated General Contractors. He also served as principal investigator for the first edition of the plumbing apprenticeship program
offered by the Associated Builders and Contractors. Dr. Blankenbaker has provided leadership on the local, state, and national level. As a secondary school teacher he served as department chairman and was once elected president of the regional industrial technology teacher education association. As a
teacher educator he was once elected program coordinator, served as president of the Ohio Technology Education Association, acted as coordinator for the development of a new technology education curriculum guide for Ohio, and served as a member of the ITEEA Board of Directors. His construction work
experience includes designing, building, maintaining, and remodeling residential and light commercial structures. These experiences include forming, placing, and finishing concrete; framing; roofing; plumbing; electrical; installing doors and windows; exterior and interior finish carpentry;
cabinetmaking; and painting.
Modern Plumbing provides information on the design, installation, and service of the different systems found in the field. Basic information regarding safety tools, materials, and equipment is presented. Detailed chapters discuss planning and organizing a plumbing job and the different careers to be had in the trade. A separate Lab Workbook is to be had to complement the textbook by offering additional activities and review questions. Plumbing code features prepare students to check local requirements when performing actual work in the field. Step by step procedures guide students to be told the correct way of performing quite a lot of essential tasks. The consistent use of color to represent quite a lot of components and materials all the way through the book helps students visualize different details of components.