Job Description


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What Does a Plumber Do?

A Plumber IS responsible for installing and repairing pipe systems that carry liquids or gases. They work everywhere from residential buildings, to factories to commercial job sites.

Plumbers also install plumbing related fixtures: including toilets, sinks, showers, dishwashers, water heaters, and more. They focus on installing new plumbing systems, repairing broken or leaking systems, identifying trouble issues, and removing any clogs in the piping.

a Plumber can also work in collaboration with general contractors on construction projects as a subcontractor for either repairs or new construction installations.

Plumber job description


Job Requirements


  • Installing plumbing systems.
  • Repairing pipe leaks/damages.
  • Removing pipe clogs.
  • Replacing parts.
  • Inspect and troubleshoot plumbing systems.


Most States in the U.S. will require plumbers to be licensed. Check with your State’s specific requirements.


  • Blueprint reading (depending on the job).
  • Troubleshooting and diagnosing.
  • Knowledge of plumbing systems.
  • Plumbing equipment, parts, or system installation.
  • Basic math skills.

Education Needed

Often requires a high school diploma or GED. If you’re entering in through apprenticeship, you’ll need to successfully complete the vocational training program. Usually plumbing is a trade learned on the job, or through formal apprenticeship or vocational training.


How Much Does a Plumber Make?

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Becoming a plumber

Career Path

How do I become a Plumber?

To become a plumber, you can enter either a formal or informal apprenticeship program, or you can attend a trade school. Many companies will give either formal training on the job, or do an apprenticeship. You can also attend trade schools and enroll in their plumbing programs.

And most states will require you to be licensed. Although it changes from state to state, be prepared for the need of about 2-5 years of experience along with passing an exam.



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