What a Plumber Does

A Plumber installs pipes for water, gas, sewage and drainage systems. They also install sanitary facilities such as lavatories, toilets, tubs, bathroom fixtures, showers, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains and laundry equipment. Although most Plumbers work at construction sites, some work is for public utilities and industrial plants. A Plumber uses a variety of skills to install pipe systems and uses both hands and power tools in the work of cutting, bending and threading pipes and making welded and soldered joints. A Plumber must also run tests on his installations to assure that the system is functioning properly and meets the plumbing code. They are often called upon to clear pipelines and drains and make repairs on faucets, valves and leaky pipes.

Working Conditions
The work is active and sometimes strenuous. Usually Plumbers work indoors, but sometimes outdoors, sometimes on a ladder or scaffold, in trenches and in unfinished sections of new buildings. Often, work is done in cramped, wet or dirty locations. Frequently, it is necessary to stand for long periods. Occasionally, the Plumber works in uncomfortable positions in relatively inaccessible places.

Interest And Temperament
A person wishing to enter this type of work should be able to understand detailed, written and verbal instructions and should be able to plan ahead and visualize completed projects. Persons should enjoy working with their hands and accept working outside under adverse weather conditions. They must have the ability to solve arithmetic problems quickly and accurately.

Apprentice Wage Range: $16,240 - $36,540
Journeyman Wage Range: $40,600 - $52,350

For More Information Contact:
Associated Builders & Contractors (800) 333-9844
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 166 JAC (260) 490-5690
Indiana Association of Plumbing - Heating - Cooling Contractors (260) 432-0317