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Have a way around pipes or consider yourself pretty handy with a
wrench? Then you may want to consider a job as a plumber.
With the need for these tradesmen expected to rise by 21 percent by
2022, it's definitely a career worth pursuing.
Plumbing In a Nutshell
In the world of pipes and fixtures, plumbers are the experts.
Whether they carry water, gas or steam these tradesmen are there to
install, repair and maintain plumbing systems in homes, businesses,
and factories. They are also the people to rely on to make sure
plumbing is up to code.
Why Plumbers Are Needed
From minor leaks in your home to mapping out gas delivery
systems in a factory, plumbers are essential when it comes to
installing and repairing pipes and fixtures that service
residential and commercial properties. They also inspect, test, and
troubleshoot pipeline systems as well as study blueprints to make
sure plumbing systems meet local and state regulations.
How Plumbers Get the Job Done
Depending on the type of piping work that needs to be done,
plumbers use the following tools:
Plumbing Wrenches: to grip pipes and uninstall
fittings, plumbers need a wide range of wrenches that include
Stillson, Basin and adjustable wrenches.
Cutting Tools: Hacksaws, metal files and cement
glue are common tools plumbers use to cut pipes cleanly and
Plungers: To tackle blocked pipes, plumbers
need plungers to clear them up and get them working properly.
Types of Plumbers
Pipefitters: Specialize in installing and
maintaining pipes that are mostly used in manufacturing industries
that carry acids, gases and chemicals.
Sprinklefitters: Pipefitters who specialize in
the installation and maintenance of fire sprinkler systems of
businesses and buildings.
Steamfitters: Pipefitters who specialize in the
installation and maintenance of steam pipes.
Master Plumbers: Develop blueprints that
include where pipes and fixtures will be built. They make sure
these plumbing systems meet building codes and will function well
with other project features.
While on the Job
Plumbers use their mechanical skills to handle tools to install
and fix pipes. They also test pipes for leaks and check gauges to
make sure pressure levels are where they need to be. They also have
to be strong enough to lift and move the heavy piping and fixtures
that they're working with. More experienced plumbers may be reading
blue prints and making sure they meet local building codes. Outside
of actual plumbing work, plumbers interact with customers.
What it Takes
To become a plumber, you need to have a high school diploma or
something equivalent to start. You can then enter a technical
school and take courses such as pipe system design, plumbing tools
and work safety. To really learn the trade, many plumbers go
through a 4or 5-year apprenticeship program. There you can learn
things such as local codes and physics as well as receive paid
on-the-job training. Each year a plumbing apprentice must have at
least 246 hours of technical school education and 1,700 hours of
Once the apprenticeship is program is completed, you will be
considered a journey worker and can get your license to start
plumbing work on your own. If you want to be a master plumber, you
may need additional courses, several years of experience and, in
some states, a contractor's license. Make sure you check you
state's local requirements.
Plumbers Toolbox (chart)
Technical School ; Apprentice Program
Preferred Skills / Experience
Ability to work with plumbing tools, troubleshooting skills and
knowledge of building codes
Tools on the Job
Wrenches, Hacksaw, Metal Filers, Plungers
Non-slip work boots
Number of jobs expected to grow 21% by 2022
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Plumbers,
Pipefitters, and Steamfitters, on the Internet at