Plumbers

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

66100+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Assemble, install, or repair pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems, according to specifications or plumbing codes.

Common job titles of Plumbers include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 60.7% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 31.31% said they needed a High School Diploma.

Tasks

    Review blueprints, building codes, or specifications to determine work details or procedures.

    Estimate time, material, or labor costs for use in project plans.

    Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers or water heaters, or fixtures such as sinks or toilets, using hand or power tools.

    Maintain or repair plumbing by replacing defective washers, replacing or mending broken pipes, or opening clogged drains.

    Inspect structures to assess material or equipment needs, to establish the sequence of pipe installations, or to plan installation around obstructions, such as electrical wiring.

    Direct helpers engaged in pipe cutting, preassembly, or installation of plumbing systems or components.

    Keep records of work assignments.

    Weld small pipes or special piping, using specialized techniques, equipment, or materials, such as computer-assisted welding or microchip fabrication.

    Cut openings in structures to accommodate pipes or pipe fittings, using hand or power tools.

    Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks.

    Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding equipment.

    Install green plumbing equipment, such as faucet flow restrictors, dual-flush or pressure-assisted flush toilets, or tankless hot water heaters.

    Anchor steel supports from ceiling joists to hold pipes in place.

    Measure, cut, thread, or bend pipe to required angle, using hand or power tools or machines, such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines, or pipe-bending machines.

    Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, or fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers or levels.

    Recommend energy or water saving products, such as low-flow faucets or shower heads, water-saving toilets, or high-efficiency hot water heaters.

    Install underground storm, sanitary, or water piping systems, extending piping as needed to connect fixtures and plumbing.

    Perform domestic plumbing audits to identify ways in which customers might reduce consumption of water or energy.

    Install, test, or commission solar thermal or solar photovoltaic hot water heating systems.

    Install alternative water sources, such as rainwater harvesting systems or graywater reuse systems.

    Determine sizing requirements for solar hot water heating systems, taking into account factors such as site orientation, load calculations, or storage capacity requirements.

    Compile information on governmental incentive programs related to the installation of energy or water saving plumbing systems or devices.

    Calculate costs or savings for water- or energy-efficient appliances or systems.

Tools

Wide roll pipe cutters

Welding hoods

Welders

Water stoppers

Water pump pliers

Water pressure gauges

Water meter keys

All Tools

Water jetters

Water heater element removal wrenches

Vise grip pliers

Video diagnostic tools

Vibration analyzers

Vacuum gauges

Utility pumps

Utility knives

Universal nut wrenches

Ultrasonic leak detectors

Two way radios

Tubing cutters

Tube crimping tools

Tube bending springs

Tub drain removers

Trutest smoke detectors

Tristand chain vises

Tripod vises

Trenchers

Transmitters

Torpedo levels

Toilet augers

Tin snips

Three-way pipe threaders

Threading machine die heads

Thread repair files

Telescoping basin wrenches

Telescopic inspection mirrors

Tapping tools

Tablet computers

Swaging tools

Sump pumps

Strap wrenches

Strainer wrenches

Straight-fluted pipe reamers

Straight pipe wrenches

Stillson wrenches

Staple guns

Spud wrenches

Spiral ratchet pipe reamers

Soldering equipment

Soil pipe cutters

Slip joint pliers

Six-step faucet seat wrenches

Shut-off keys

Shower valve socket wrenches

Shielded arc welding tools

Shears

Sewer tapes

Sewage pumps

Sectional drain cleaning machines

Seat wrenches

Seat dressers

Rubber strap wrenches

Rotary hammers

Root ranger jetter nozzles

Roll groovers

Rodders

Right-angle drills

Reciprocating saws

Receding threaders

Rebar locators

Ratcheting polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters

Ratcheting box wrenches

Rapwrenches

Propane torches

Pressurized water pigs

Power spinners

Power sink machine drain cleaners

Power pipe threading machines

Power pipe cutters

Pop-up plug wrenches

Polyvinyl chloride PVC saws

Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters

Plungers

Plumb bobs

Plastic pipe/conduit die heads

Plastic nut basin wrenches

Pipe wrenches

Pipe welding vises

Pipe taps

Pipe freezing kits

Pipe extractors

Pipe cutters

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Pedestal sink wrenches

One stop wrenches

Oilers

Offset pipe wrenches

Notebook computers

Non-contact infrared thermometers

No hub torque wrenches

Moisture meters

Mini tubing cutters

Mini hacksaws

Measuring tapes

Maximum reading water pressure gauges

Manual ratchet threader sets

Magnetic locators

Locking pliers

Line locators

Light pickup trucks

Levels

Lathes

Laser printers

Laser alignment tools

Internal wrenches

Inner/outer reamers

Inductive clamps

Impact hammers

Hollow core socket wrenches

Hole cutting tools

Hex wrenches

Heavy duty water pressure gauges

Heavy duty drain cleaning machines

Heat guns

Hand spinners

Hacksaws

Generators

Gasket cutters

Gas leak detection devices

Four-in-one keys

Forklifts

Flat blade screwdrivers

Flaring tools

Faucet stem and cartridge pullers

Faucet handle pullers

Explosimeters

End pipe wrenches

Dump trucks

Drain cleaning cables

Direct tap machines

Diagonal cutting pliers

Desktop computers

Deburring tools

Crowbars

Crescent wrenches

Copper cutting machines

Compression sleeve pullers

Comprehensive water gauges

Compound leverage wrenches

Cleanout plug wrenches

Claw hammers

Channel lock pliers

Chain wrenches

Chain tongs

Caulking guns

Calipers

Cable saws

Butane torches

Brazing equipment

Bolt cutters

Bibb seat tools

Bench yoke vises

Bench chain vises

Basket strainer wrenches

Basin wrenches

Bandsaws

Ball peen hammers

Backhoes

Augers

Allen wrenches

Air pressure gauges

Air compressors

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable slip lock nut wrenches

Acetylene torches

Technologies

Autodesk Building Systems

Drawing and drafting software

Elite Software Plumbing CAD

Elite Software Sprinkler CAD

Horizon Engineering Sigma Plumbing Calculator

Intuit QuickBooks

Atlas Construction Business Forms

All Technologies

Bookkeeping software

Contractor City Contractor Forms Pack

Elite Software DPIPE

Elite Software FIRE

Elite Software HSYM

Elite Software Spipe

Email software

Estimating software

FastEST FastPipe

FastEST software

Heat loss calculation software

Insight Direct ServiceCEO

Intuit Quicken

Job costing software

Klear Estimator

KRS Enterprises Service First!

Maintenance management software

PricePoint

Quote Software QuoteExpress

Spreadsheet software

Vision InfoSoft Plumbing Bid Manager

Wilhelm Publishing Threshold

Wintac Pro

Skills

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Troubleshooting

Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Repairing

Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination › Physical Abilities › Extent Flexibility

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