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Working As A Plumber

  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • $47,448

    Average Salary

What Does A Plumber Do At Quality Labor Management

* Assemble pipe sections, tubing and fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing and welding equipment.
* Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks.
* Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, and fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers and levels.
* Measure, cut, thread and bend pipe to required angle, using hand and power tools or machines such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines and pipe-bending machines.
* Install pipe assemblies, fittings and valves using hand and power tools.
* Study building plans and inspect structures to assess material and equipment needs, to establish the sequence of pipe installations and to plan the installation around obstructions.
* Follow established safety rules and regulations.
* Maintain a safe and clean work environment.
* ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES Study specifications in blueprints, sketches or building plans to prepare project layout, determine dimensions and materials required and to determine work details and procedures.
* Perform calculations and planning according to the needs of the project

What Does A Plumber Do At Aecom

* Work in conformance with proper codes, ordinances, sketches, specifications, blueprints, written and verbal instructions.
* Performs minor insulation with pre-fabricated mineral insulating material, binding, plastic, cement, etc. as required.
* Diagnose and repair major plumbing breakdowns which do not respond to routine maintenance.
* May operate gas welding equipment to perform cutting, burning, and soldering as necessary to accomplish work assignment.
* Maintains logs, records, charts, etc, as required.
* Must maintain area permit(s), state or local certification(s) and/or licenses, etc. as required for performance of assigned tasks.
* Performs all other position related duties as assigned or requested

What Does A Plumber Do At Mohegan Sun

* includes but not limited to:
* Measures, cuts, threads and bends pipe using hand and power tools or machines such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading and pipe-bending machines
* Locates and marks the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes and fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers and levels
* Maintains all water features, pools and spas
* Maintains proper water chemistry in all water features
* Responsible for backflow maintenance and repair
* Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:
* Assembles pipe sections, tubing and fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking or soldering, brazing and welding equipment
* Maintains fire suppression systems

What Does A Plumber Do At NRG Energy, Inc.

* Perform a thorough and accurate Plumbing inspection including Health and Safety Checklist.
* Perform all Plumbing repairs and replacements to applicable codes.
* Facilitate order for all parts required for appointments and ensure preparedness for the day of service.
* Work in extreme temperatures and in potentially hazardous situations.
* Take all precautions to ensure safety of yourself and of others in the environment.
* Work in adherence to corporate safety requirements to ensure compliance to all safety expectations.
* Immediately report safety violations or shortcomings to allow management to address and correct.
* Work within regulatory expectations to ensure license requirements are met.
* Take no action or perform work that is in violation of licensing requirements of the company or company employees.
* Good communicative skills with the ability to effectively work with a variety of internal and external customers.
* Ability to troubleshoot and communicate diagnostic findings, and propose (or sell) solutions to residential customers.
* Ability to effectively use mobile computing devices to capture/record diagnostic results, create estimates and job specific proposals.
* Ability to document job specific information, complete and close out work orders and receive and record customer payment when required.
* Good practical skills.
* An ability to work carefully, methodically and safely.
* A head for heights and willingness to work in all sorts of weather.
* A willingness to work in confined spaces.
* Transport materials and tools to the job site and provide proper accounting of assigned tools.
* Perform other duties as assigned.
* Maintain professional appearance, clean cut, well groomed.
* Project and maintain a positive can do attitude.
* Strive to educate and help customers, towards attaining 100% customer satisfaction

What Does A Plumber Do At Pride Industries

* Installs, troubleshoots, repairs and replaces all types of plumbing fixtures, such as sinks, toilets, urinals, flush valves, bathtubs, faucets, water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposals, dishwashers and water softeners.
* Clears all types and sizes of drains with cable machine and jetting machine/high pressure pump truck.
* Repairs all types of water and sewer lines both inside and outside buildings.
* Inspects structure to ascertain obstructions to be avoided to prevent weakening of structure resulting from installation of pipe.
* Locates and marks position of pipe and pipe connections and passage holes for pipes in walls and floors.
* Cuts and threads pipe, using pipe cutters, cutting torch, and pipe threading machine.
* Bends pipe to required angle by use of pipe-bending machine or by placing pipe over block and bending it by hand.
* Cuts openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings by using hand tools and power tools.
* Installs valves, pipefittings and pipes composed of metals, such as iron, steel, brass and lead, and nonmetals, such as glass, vitrified clay and plastic.
* Joins pipes by use of screws, bolts, fittings, solder and plastic solvent and caulks joints.
* Fills pipe system with water or air and reads pressure gauges to determine whether system is leaking.
* Studies building plans and working drawings to determine work aids required and sequence of installations.
* Frequent travel between facilities
* Performs other duties and special projects as assigned

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How To Become A 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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  • German

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  • Polish

  • Italian

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Real Plumber Salaries

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Plumbers My Plumber Heating and Air Manassas, VA Jul 08, 2013 $109,505
Plumber Bass Mechanical Corp NY Sep 24, 2008 $102,284
Plumbers Bay Ridge Mechanical Corporation New York, NY Jan 03, 2011 $78,987
Plumber Triplek Corp Matawan, NJ Dec 16, 2010 $69,638
Plumber NVE Plumbing & Construction, Inc. Chantilly, VA Sep 12, 2015 $68,786
Plumber LVN Construction Co Inc. Farmingdale, NJ Oct 19, 2010 $65,010
Plumber LVN Construction Co Inc. Farmingdale, NJ Jul 02, 2010 $65,010
Plumber NVE Plumbing and Construction, Inc. Chantilly, VA Oct 15, 2014 $63,814
Plumber H. Hofmeister & Co., Inc. Westwood, NJ Mar 19, 2010 $59,396
Plumber Henry Myers Plumbing & Heating Inc. New York, NY Feb 24, 2010 $59,396
Plumbers Roy H Zarman Inc. DBA Carner Bros Roseland, NJ Jan 08, 2009 $57,163
Plumber Abadin Plumbing & Heating Newark, NJ Dec 31, 2008 $57,163
Plumbers Jacinto Plumbing Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ May 25, 2011 $56,996
Experienced Plumber With Building Experience KIGO Plumbing Inc. CA Oct 15, 2014 $56,641
Plumber Outerspaces, Inc. Glenolden, PA Sep 14, 2015 $47,632
Plumber Pin Oak Group Centreville, VA Apr 22, 2010 $47,479 -
Plumber Capital Mechanical LLC Dulles Town Center, VA Mar 26, 2008 $47,417
Plumber Capital Mechanical LLC Dulles Town Center, VA Jan 30, 2008 $47,417
Plumbers Capital Mechanical LLC Dulles Town Center, VA Nov 10, 2010 $47,417
Plumber Master, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Aug 28, 2008 $47,417
Plumber J. Roberts, Inc. Chantilly, VA Jul 22, 2008 $47,417
Plumbers Capital Mechanical LLC Dulles Town Center, VA Sep 29, 2010 $47,417
Plumber Ben Lewis Plumbing, Heating & Ac, Inc. Clarksburg, MD Oct 18, 2016 $46,290
Plumber Pat's Plumbing Federal Way, WA Nov 29, 2007 $45,914 -
Plumber Amp Plumbing Inc. Culver City, CA Nov 03, 2010 $45,893
Plumber J. Roberts, Inc. Chantilly, VA Nov 14, 2007 $45,684
Plumbers Thurgood, Inc. DBA H2O Plumbing and Hot Water SYST Plano, TX Nov 19, 2009 $43,973
Plumber Progressive Plumbing & Piping Inc. Raleigh, NC Apr 12, 2015 $43,827
Plumber Freund Plumbing & Heating LLC Aurora, CO Jan 22, 2010 $42,784
Plumber Plumbing Plus Heating Monroe, NY Mar 05, 2010 $41,740

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Top Plumber Skills

  1. Fixtures
  2. Sewer Lines
  3. PVC Pipe
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed underground storm, sanitary and water piping systems and extend piping to connect fixtures and plumbing to these systems.
  • Dig holes and trenches in order to repair, replace, or install new water or sewer lines.
  • Experience in installing and assembling metal and PVC pipes, storage tanks, boilers, fixtures and other plumbing equipment.
  • Performed ground work for new construction homes.
  • Assisted in the installation of residential A/C systems, boilers, hot water heaters.

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