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Working As A Plumber Helper

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $28,740

    Average Salary

What Does A Plumber Helper Do

Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.

Duties

Construction laborers and helpers typically do the following:

  • Clean and prepare construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards
  • Load or unload building materials to be used in construction
  • Build or take apart bracing, scaffolding, and temporary structures
  • Dig trenches, backfill holes, or compact earth to prepare for construction
  • Operate or tend equipment and machines used in construction
  • Follow construction plans and instructions from supervisors or more experienced workers
  • Assist craftworkers with their duties

Construction laborers and helpers work on almost all construction sites, performing a wide range of tasks varying in complexity from very easy to extremely difficult and hazardous. Although many of the tasks they perform require some training and experience, most tasks can be learned quickly. 

Construction laborers, are also referred to as construction craft laborers, perform a wide variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Many laborers spend their time preparing and cleaning up construction sites, using tools such as shovels and brooms. Other workers, for example, those on road crews, may specialize and learn to control traffic patterns and operate pavement breakers, jackhammers, earth tampers, or surveying equipment.

With special training, laborers may help transport and use explosives or run hydraulic boring machines to dig out tunnels. They may learn to use lasers to place pipes and to use computers to control robotic pipe cutters. They may become certified to remove asbestos, lead, or chemicals.

Helpers assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set the forms that determine the shape of poured concrete. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers.

Many construction trades have helpers who assist craftworkers. The following trades have associated helpers:

  • Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
  • Roofers

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How To Become A Plumber Helper

Construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through on-the-job training (OJT). The length of training depends on the employer and the specialization. Formal education is not typically required.

Education

Although formal education is not typically required, high school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.

To receive further education, some workers attend a trade school or community college.

Training

Construction laborers and helpers learn through OJT after being hired by a construction contractor. Workers typically gain experience by performing tasks under the guidance of experienced workers.

Although the majority of construction laborers and helpers learn by assisting experienced workers, some construction laborers opt for apprenticeship programs. Programs generally include 2 to 4 years of technical instruction and OJT. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires a minimum of 4,000 hours of OJT, accompanied by 300 hours of related instruction in such areas as signaling, blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, and following health and safety procedures. The remainder of the curriculum consists of specialized training in one of these eight areas:

  • Building construction
  • Demolition and deconstruction
  • Environmental remediation
  • Road and utility construction
  • Tunneling
  • Masonry
  • Landscaping
  • Pipeline construction

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, which usually have only a basic age qualification—age 18 or older—for entrance. Apprentices must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent before completing their apprenticeship. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Laborers who remove hazardous materials (hazmat) must meet the federal and state requirements for hazardous materials removal workers.

Depending on the work they do, laborers may need specific certifications, which may be attained through LIUNA. Rigging and scaffold building are commonly attained certifications. Certification can help workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.

Advancement

Through experience and training, construction laborers and helpers can advance into positions that involve more complex tasks. For example, laborers may earn certifications in welding, erecting scaffolding, or finishing concrete, and then spend more time performing those activities. Similarly, helpers sometimes move into construction craft occupations after gaining experience in the field. For example, experience as an electrician’s helper may lead to becoming an apprentice electrician.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Construction laborers and helpers may need to be able to distinguish colors to do their job. For example, an electrician’s helper must be able to distinguish different colors of wire to help the lead electrician.

Math skills. Construction laborers and some helpers need to perform basic math calculations while measuring on jobsites or assisting a surveying crew.

Mechanical skills. Construction laborers are frequently required to operate and maintain equipment, such as jackhammers.

Physical stamina. Construction laborers and helpers must have the endurance to perform strenuous tasks throughout the day. Highway laborers, for example, spend hours on their feet—often in hot temperatures—with few breaks.

Physical strength. Construction laborers and helpers must often lift heavy materials or equipment. For example, cement mason helpers must move cinder blocks, which typically weigh more than 40 pounds each.

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Plumber Helper Demographics

Gender

Male

93.9%

Female

5.0%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.6%

Portuguese

4.8%

Italian

4.8%

Chinese

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Dakota

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Thai

2.4%
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Plumber Helper Education

Schools

Trident Technical College

7.5%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Tulsa Welding School

6.6%

Nassau Community College

6.6%

Suffolk County Community College

6.6%

Hinds Community College

5.7%

Orleans Technical Institute

5.7%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

5.7%

The Academy

4.7%

Apex Technical School

4.7%

Greenville Technical College

4.7%

Rockland Community College

3.8%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.8%

T.A. Lawson State Community College

3.8%

Wake Technical Community College

3.8%

Delgado Community College

3.8%

Houston Community College

3.8%

Miami Dade College

3.8%

Forsyth Technical Community College

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

15.7%

Precision Metal Working

9.1%

General Studies

7.7%

Criminal Justice

7.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

6.9%

Automotive Technology

6.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.5%

Computer Science

5.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.9%

Education

3.7%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.8%

Engineering

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Fine Arts

2.6%

Psychology

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Construction Management

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

52.0%

Associate

17.1%

Bachelors

13.4%

Certificate

11.2%

Diploma

4.7%

Masters

1.2%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Plumber Helper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Helper Plumber E & D Mechanical Contractors, Inc. North Arlington, NJ Nov 12, 2010 $37,629
Plumber Helper Port Plumbing-Heating Port Washington, NY Mar 27, 2012 $35,479
Plumber's Helper Ramirez Plumbing, Inc. MD Aug 12, 2013 $32,954
Plumber's Helper Ramirez Plumbing, Inc. VA Apr 15, 2014 $32,954
Helpers-Pipefileters, Plumbers Sprinkler Sales & Service, Inc. Toms River, NJ Apr 28, 2008 $32,515
Helpers-Pipefileters, Plumbers Sprinkler Sales & Service, Inc. Toms River, NJ Jul 10, 2008 $32,515
Plumbers Helper Freund Plumbing & Heating Aurora, CO Dec 18, 2008 $32,349
Helpers-Plumbers Andersen Commercial Plumbing San Dimas, CA Jul 27, 2012 $32,302
Helper Pipelayer, Plumber Harold McMahon Inc. Manhasset, NY Dec 20, 2010 $30,095
Plumber Helper Ben Lewis Plumbing, Heating & Ac, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jun 16, 2016 $29,349
Plumbers Helper Freund Plumbing & Heating LLC Aurora, CO Jan 05, 2010 $29,218
Plumbers Helper Freund Plumbing & Heating Aurora, CO Dec 18, 2008 $29,218
Plumbers Helper Freund Plumbing and Heating Aurora, CO Sep 04, 2009 $29,218
Plumber's Helper Freund Plumbing & Heating LLC Aurora, CO Jan 08, 2010 $29,218
Plumbers Helper Freund Plumbing & Heating Aurora, CO Aug 26, 2009 $29,218
Plumbers Helper Freund Plumbing & Heating Aurora, CO Dec 10, 2008 $29,218
Plumber Helper J. Tortorella Swimming Pool Service & Maintenance Hampton Bays, NY Apr 01, 2016 $28,613
Plumbers Helper Freund Plumbing & Heating Aurora, CO Dec 18, 2008 $27,131
Plumber-Helper Larry's Royal Flush Plumbing & Heating Inc. Old Tappan, NJ Aug 19, 2009 $27,131
Plumbers Helper Freund Plumbing & Heating LLC Aurora, CO Dec 18, 2008 $27,131
Plumber Helper Design Plumbing & Heating Services, Inc. New York, NY May 22, 2009 $27,110
Plumber's Helper Terry Smith Incorporated FL May 31, 2016 $26,088
Plumber Helper Terry Smith Incorporated FL Feb 01, 2016 $26,088
Plumber's Helper Angell Services, LLC TX Feb 05, 2014 $25,482
Plumber's Helpers Angell Services, LLC TX Feb 06, 2015 $25,336
Plumber Helper Freund Plumbing & Heating Aurora, CO Dec 10, 2008 $25,044
Plumbers Helper Freund Plumbing & Heating LLC Aurora, CO Dec 11, 2008 $25,044
Plumbers Helper Freund Plumbing and Heating LLC Aurora, CO Dec 18, 2008 $22,957

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Top Skills for A Plumber Helper

HotWaterHeatersPVCPipeAssistPlumberSewerLinesWaterLinesNewConstructionCastIronHandToolsJobSitePEXPipeSectionsNewPipeObservePressureGaugesPipeFittingsCopperPipePlasticSolventHvacWasteDrainageSystemsServiceCallsPipeSystems

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Top Plumber Helper Skills

  1. Hot Water Heaters
  2. PVC Pipe
  3. Assist Plumber
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Repair and replace domestic hot water heaters, sump pumps and sewage pumps.
  • Cut and thread black pipe, cut and installed PVC pipe and copper tubing etc..
  • Assist plumber in all custom built homes and some service type plumbing.
  • Assisted the plumber to unclog sewer lines and storm drains for residential and commercial buildings.
  • Sweat copper, replace cast sewer pipe, ran copper airlines, PVC plumbing and Ionized water lines

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