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  • Plumbers install, maintain, and repair piping systems and fixtures, along with water distribution and wastewater disposal systems.
  • Is Plumbing right for you?  Do you like to....​

    • ​Use your strength and on the job?​
    • Do work that requires precision?
    • Work with your hands?
    • Respond quickly to solve problems?
    • Master the use of a variety of tools?

     

    ...then a career as a Plumber might be for you!

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  • About plumbers

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  • What plumbers do What plumbers do

    • Install, maintain, and repair plumbing systems

    • Read blueprints

    • Mark & cut openings in floors & walls to fit piping systems

    • Measure, cut, and shape pipes to fit where they are needed

    • Use connectors & welding equipment to connect piping

    • Test for leaks in piping systems

    • Prepare cost estimates

  • Working conditions Working conditions

    • Residential, commercial, or industrial sites

    • Outdoors or indoors

    • Work mostly at ground/floor level

    • Requires bending, kneeling, lifting

  • Where plumbers work Where plumbers work

    • Residential Construction
    • Commercial Construction
    • Self-employed
    • HVAC contractors
  • Work schedule Work schedule

    • 40-hour weeks are standard, but may vary with demand.

    • Responding to plumbing emergencies outside of standard hours puts services at a premium.

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  • What it takes to become a plumber What it takes to become a plumber

    ​Education/Training

    • High school diploma or equivalency

    • Apprenticeship

    • Two-year trade or vocational school (some online programs may be available)

  • Skills needed Skills needed

    • Ability to work independently

    • Ability to work in and a variety of settings

    • Problem-solving

    • Ability to work on feet, crouching, or kneeling all day

    • Ability to lift heavy materials

    • Willingness to work long hours

    • Understanding of the hand-held & power tools required