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Become A Master Plumber

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Working As A Master Plumber

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  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • $47,417

    Average Salary

What Does A Master Plumber Do At Woolley Fuel Company

* Provide an outstanding level of customer service
* Oversee the Plumbing Service and Installation Department
* Determine customer’s needs and wants through thorough investigation and asking the right questions
* Offer repair and/or replacement options using Standard Rate Upfront Pricing, with attention to energy savings and high efficiency
* Perform service only upon proper authorization from the responsible party
* Collect payment for services at the time service is provided (finance options are available in some cases)
* Maintain and clean, neat and professional appearance
* Maintain and clean and neat company vehicle
* Have and maintain a complete set of personal professional tools

What Does A Master Plumber Do At University of Texas at San Antonio

* Installs, repairs, replaces, and maintains water lines, gas lines, sewer lines, piping, traps, valves, vents, washbowls, sinks, toilet fixtures, fittings, faucets, drains, condensate drains, roof drains, water filters, drinking fountains, expansion tanks, and associated underground utilities.
* Cuts and threads pipe, brazes and soft solders copper pipe.
* Works off of ladders, as needed.
* Assembles and installs valves and pipe-fittings.
* Repairs and maintains valves, faucets, traps, sinks and vents.
* Joins pipes by use of screws, bolts, fittings, solder, plastic solvent, fusion weld, caulks joints, and pro press.
* Repairs and maintains plumbing by replacing washers and seats in leaky faucets, repairs burst pipes, and opens clogged drains.
* Provides or oversees preventive maintenance to water and plumbing systems of all Housing Facilities properties.
* Inspects building plumbing and repairs, replaces and installs as required.
* Repairs sewer pipes and unstops clogged lines.
* Maintains a clean and safe work environment.
* Ensures that water softener maintenance and PMs are performed, if softeners are installed.
* Surveys buildings and performs maintenance on equipment in a multi-trade team working environment, assisting as needed.
* Ensures pluming PMs are completed on the scheduled frequency.
* Flushes the fire hydrant system on the scheduled frequency.
* Must be available for on-call rotation and required to respond to call-backs with-in 1 hour of initial call, which complies with the Housing Facilities On
* Call policy.
* Additional non-plumbing duties will include: miscellaneous work tasks at Fall move-in; set up and take down of the Water Monsters; furniture movement as needed; make ready inspections; make ready job tasks; emergency and exit light testing; escorting contractors; and working jointly with UTSA Facilities personnel on projects.
* Perform other duties as assigned.
* Periodic:
* Installs, tests, and repairs of backflow preventers.
* Attends safety training, staff meetings and maintenance training courses.
* Use Jet
* Sweat method for water line repair.
* Connect hot water heaters, gas heaters, and furnaces and test for safety.
* Posting Open Date
* Posting Close Date at midnight on
* Open Until Filled
* Yes
* Special Notes To Applicants

What Does A Master Plumber Do At J.B. Hunt Transport

* Uninstalling old appliances (connections only) and installing new appliances (connections only) during the delivery process.
* Communicating and coordinating with installation team to ensure quality results.
* Completing any necessary safety and/or procedure training with installers and/or Apprentices and Journeymen.
* Building and maintaining effective relationships with the customer base

What Does A Master Plumber Do At Team Fishel

* Relocate Gas Meters.
* Run house line piping.
* Apply for and pull plumbing permits.
* Review plans and permits.
* Communicate with customers.
* Assign job duties.
* Establish attainable daily goals and meet or exceed those goals

What Does A Master Plumber Do At Sodexo Inc.

* Inspects, installs, repairs and replaces pipes, fittings, and plumbing fixtures to maintain the heating, cooling, water, sewer, gas, and drainage systems.
* Cuts, bends, threads and fits pipes with adjoining pipe assemblies.
* Caulks leaks and opens clogged drains.
* Installs sinks, showers, toilets, water heaters and related plumbing fixtures.
* Estimates time and material costs on plumbing projects.
* Requisitions new plumbing supplies and equipment.
* May replace tile, re-plaster or paint walls through which holes have been broken to gain access to plumbing.
* Document all work in the CMMS system.
* Attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated.
* Complies with all company safety and risk management policies and procedures.
* Reports all accidents and injuries in a timely manner.
* Participates in regular safety meetings, safety training and hazard assessments.
* Applies all applicable OSHA and related local safety requirements to all assigned work.
* Performs all work in accordance with established safety procedures.
* Serves as a lead Maintenance Mechanic Plumber by inspecting, installing, repairing and replacing pipes, fittings, and plumbing fixtures to maintain the heating, water, gas, and drainage systems.
* Interprets blueprints and works from sketches or verbal instructions.
* Inspects completed work to ensure compliance with engineering specifications and local building codes.
* Develops capital project scope and budget for equipment replacements and energy conservation opportunities.
* Verify and implement preventive maintenance standards on all plumbing equipment.
* Identifies and corrects unsafe working conditions with management oversight.
* May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

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How To Become A Master Plumber

Although most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn on the job through an apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states and localities require plumbers to be licensed.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Technical schools offer courses on pipe system design, safety, and tool use. They also offer welding courses that are considered necessary by some pipefitter and steamfitter apprenticeship training programs.


Most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn their trade through a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship. Each year, apprentices must have at least 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related technical education.

In the classroom, apprentices learn safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and blueprint reading. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry.

Apprenticeship programs are offered by unions and businesses. Although most workers enter apprenticeships directly, some start out as helpers. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. To enter an apprenticeship program, a trainee must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass a basic math test
  • Pass substance abuse screening
  • Know how to use computers

Some plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn on the job through specific task-oriented training. Employers provide training that enables workers to complete a variety of tasks. The Home Builders Institute offers a pre-apprenticeship training program for eight construction trades, including plumbing.

After completing an apprenticeship program, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are considered to be journey workers, qualifying them to perform duties on their own.

With additional technical education and several years of plumbing experience, plumbers are eligible to earn master status. Some states require a business to employ a master plumber in order to obtain a plumbing contractor’s license.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states and localities require plumbers to be licensed. Although licensing requirements vary, most states and localities require workers to have 2 to 5 years of experience and to pass an exam that shows their knowledge of the trade and of local plumbing codes before they are permitted to work independently.

A few states require pipefitters to be licensed. Several states require a special license to work on gas lines. Obtaining a license requires taking a test, gaining experience through work, or both. For more information, check with your state’s licensing board.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Plumbers who own their own business must be able to direct workers, bid on jobs, and plan work schedules.

Customer-service skills. Plumbers work with customers on a regular basis, so they should be polite and courteous.

Mechanical skills. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters use a variety of tools to assemble and repair pipe systems. Choosing the right tool and successfully installing, repairing, or maintaining a system is crucial to their work.

Physical strength. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters must be strong enough to lift and move heavy pipe.

Troubleshooting skills. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters find, diagnose, and repair problems. For example, pipefitters must be able to perform pressure tests to pinpoint the location of a leak.

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  • Spanish

  • Dakota

  • French


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Top Master Plumber Skills

  1. Sewage Pumps
  2. Hot Water Heaters
  3. New Construction
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Repaired and replaced domestic hot water heat pumps, chilled water pumps, sump pumps, and sewage pumps.
  • Supervised and installed systems during new construction, updates, remodels and service work.
  • Operated commercial and residential HVAC Company.
  • Coordinate systems shutdowns for contractors and construction plumbers for maintenance of hospital.
  • Developed and implemented Customer Service and Satisfaction Programs.

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