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Working As A Plumbing Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Stressful

  • $45,110

    Average Salary

What Does A Plumbing Technician Do At Woolley Fuel Company

* Provide an outstanding level of customer service
* 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 Plumbing Technician Do At Gold Medal Service

* Work with the team: You stay in contact with your supervisor and your team to make sure the work orders are completed efficiently – everyone pitches in because it’s ultimately about serving the customer.
* Develop your expertise: You install and repair plumbing systems, knowing that you’re ultimately helping people live comfortable and safer lives.
* Over time, you gain a growing expertise at diagnosing problems and understanding how to repair or replace them.
* You respond to emergencies with safety as your top priority.
* Become a trusted professional: You keep your tools neat, clean, and well-maintained so they’re handy and ready for use and safe.
* You’ll learn to prepare written materials (e.g. scope of work, work orders, bids, equipment inventory, etc.) because you know that this keeps everyone informed – from the customer to the team back at the office

What Does A Plumbing Technician Do At Kelly Services

* Must have basic plumbing tools already
* Must have a vehicle to drive from project to project
* Test for leaks.
* Reading blue print and drawings is a Plus.
* Must have basic plumbing tools already.
* Must have a vehicle to drive from project to project

What Does A Plumbing Technician Do At Keller ISD

* The essential functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the characteristic duties and responsibilities noted herein, however, this list represents examples only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions found in this job description.
* Model core organizational beliefs and values; perform duties in an effective and efficient manner for the purpose of supporting and contributing to the achievement of district goals.
* Repair or replace bathroom and kitchen fixtures as directed.
* Maintain, repair, and replace sewer lines as directed; perform full maintenance on sewer treatment plant.
* Maintain, repair, and replace sprinkler systems, hot water heaters, and boilers as directed.
* Perform full maintenance on kitchen grease traps.
* Perform winterizing procedures on buildings without heat.
* Install water and sewer systems in remodeling or portable buildings as directed.
* Maintain, adjust, repair, and replace drinking fountains as directed.
* Follow established safety procedures and techniques to perform job duties, including lifting, climbing, etc.
* Correct unsafe conditions in work area and report any conditions that are not correctable to supervisor immediately.
* Accurately report work hours using the time clock to report start and end times.
* Attend required meetings, educational classes, and workshops.
* Utilize effective communication skills; ensure that all interactions are supportive, courteous, and respectful.
* Comply with all policies, operating procedures, legal requirements, and verbal and written directives.
* Comply with the Employee Standards of Conduct.
* Perform other related duties as assigned

What Does A Plumbing Technician Do At Michael & Son Services Inc.

* Performs pipe-fitting duties; performs necessary tests to keep plumbing and piping systems in excellent condition.
* Lays out, assembles, alters, removes, installs and repairs pipes, fitting and fixture systems such as sanitary, acid-resistant, heating, drainage, oxygen, vacuum, compresses air, nitrous oxide , standpipe, sprinkler systems, boilers, high and low pressure steam, water supply and other systems, as well as peripheral equipment
* Performs pipe fitting duties; cuts holes in walls, floors and ceilings to gain access to piping; threads, welds, brazes or solders piping systems; properly supports, fastens and insulates piping systems; codes pipes.
* Installs pipe flanges, gaskets, and bolts into place.
* Performs piping installations, including elbows, couplings, valves and other fittings.
* Installs, changes and repairs traps, hand or motorized valves and controls.
* Cleans drain lines and sanitary lines: removes blockages.
* Installs or replace lavatories, water closets, tubs, shower stalls, sinks, grease traps and other equipment.
* Opens clogged drains with plunger or hand and/or power driven plumber's snake; replaces washers in faucets.
* Traces and locates service lines as required; reads blueprints.
* Makes regular inspections of systems as assigned

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How To Become A Plumbing Technician

Because HVACR systems have become increasingly complex, employers generally prefer applicants with postsecondary education or those who have completed an apprenticeship. Some states and localities require technicians to be licensed. Workers may need to pass a background check prior to being hired.


A growing number of HVACR technicians receive postsecondary instruction from technical and trade schools or community colleges that offer programs in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. These programs generally last from 6 months to 2 years and lead to a certificate or an associate’s degree. To keep program costs lower, many schools are combining online lectures with in-class lab work.

High school students interested in becoming an HVACR technician should take courses in vocational education, math, and physics. Knowledge of plumbing or electrical work and a basic understanding of electronics is also helpful.


Some HVACR technicians learn their trade exclusively on the job, although this practice is becoming much less common. Those who do usually begin by assisting experienced technicians with basic tasks, such as insulating refrigerant lines or cleaning furnaces. In time, they move on to more difficult tasks, including cutting and soldering pipes or checking electrical circuits.

Some technicians receive their training through an apprenticeship. Apprenticeship programs usually last 3 to 5 years. Each year, apprentices must have at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of related technical education. Over the course of the apprenticeship, technicians learn safety practices, blueprint reading, and how to use tools. They also learn about the numerous systems that heat and cool buildings. 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 a substance abuse screening
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Apprenticeship programs frequently are run by joint committees representing local chapters of various organizations, including the following:

  • Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Inc.
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America
  • Home Builders Institute
  • Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association
  • SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
  • United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and Service Techs
Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all technicians who buy, handle, or work with refrigerants to be certified in proper refrigerant handling. To become certified, technicians must pass a written exam specific to one of three specializations: Type I—small appliances; Type II—high-pressure refrigerants; and Type III—low-pressure refrigerants. Many trade schools, unions, and employer associations offer training programs designed to prepare students for the EPA exam.

Whether having learned the occupation through postsecondary education or through other means, HVACR technicians may take several different tests that measure their abilities. These tests require different levels of experience. Technicians with relevant coursework and less than 2 years of experience may take the entry-level certification exams. These exams test basic competency in residential heating and cooling, light commercial heating and cooling, and commercial refrigeration. Technicians can take the exams at technical and trade schools.

HVACR technicians who have at least 1 year of installation experience and 2 years of maintenance and repair experience can take a number of specialized exams. These exams certify their competency in working with specific types of equipment, such as oil-burning furnaces or compressed-refrigerant cooling systems. Many organizations offer certifying exams. For example, North American Technician Excellence offers the Industry Competency Exam; HVAC Excellence offers a Secondary Employment Ready Exam, a Secondary Heating, Electrical, Air Conditioning Technology exam, and a Heating, Electrical, Air Conditioning Technology Plus exam; the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute offers a basic test and an advanced test in conjunction with the Home Builders Institute; the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association offers the entry-level Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator and Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator certifications; and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) offers EPA certification and specialized-knowledge certificates.

Certifications can be helpful because they show that the technician has specific competencies. Some employers actively seek out industry-certified HVACR technicians.

Some states and localities require HVACR technicians to be licensed. Although specific licensing requirements vary, all candidates must pass an exam.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. HVACR technicians often work in customers’ homes or business offices, so it is important that they be friendly, polite, and punctual. Repair technicians sometimes must deal with unhappy customers whose heating or air conditioning is not working.

Detail oriented. HVACR technicians must carefully maintain records of all work performed. The records must include the nature of the work performed and the time it took, as well as list specific parts and equipment that were used.

Math skills. HVACR technicians need to calculate the correct load requirements to ensure that the HVACR equipment properly heats or cools the space required.

Mechanical skills. HVACR technicians install and work on complicated climate-control systems, so they must understand the HVAC components and be able to properly assemble, disassemble, and, if needed, program them.

Physical stamina. HVACR technicians may spend many hours walking and standing. The constant physical activity can be tiring.

Physical strength. HVACR technicians may have to lift and support heavy equipment and components, often without help.

Time-management skills. HVACR technicians frequently have a set number of daily maintenance calls. They should be able to keep a schedule and complete all necessary repairs or tasks.

Troubleshooting skills. HVACR technicians must be able to identify problems on malfunctioning heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems and then determine the best way to repair them.

Because HVACR workers often work in and around people’s homes, they may need to pass a background check before being hired.

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Plumbing Technician Career Paths

Plumbing Technician
Journeyman Plumber Foreman Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operator Electrician Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Plumber Maintenance Technician Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Handyman Maintenance Engineer Facilities Manager
Director, Facilities & Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Foreman Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Self-Employed Driver Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Welder Fitter Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Installation Technician
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Service Plumber Commercial Plumber Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Self-Employed Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Handyman Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager
Regional Facilities Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Service Plumber Foreman Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Foreman Assistant Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
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Plumbing Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • Kurdish

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Turkish

  • Japanese

  • Persian

  • Italian

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Top Plumbing Technician Skills

  1. Sewer Lines
  2. Hvac
  3. Copper Water Lines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cleaned sewer lines with drain cleaning equipment.
  • Serviced and installed residential and light commercial HVAC equipment and plumbing
  • Installed and repaired copper water lines.
  • Service calls which include but not limited to faucet repair, toilet repair, leaks, clogs etc.
  • Installed some pvc vent and waste at rough in.

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