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What Does a Plumber Do?

Have you thought about becoming a plumber? It’s a highly skilled trade where you’ll get to interact with people and help solve their problems. What’s worse than a leaking ceiling or a blocked shower? Everyone needs a good reliable plumber, so customers will always be glad to see you. The job has variety, too. From installing fixtures to measuring and cutting pipes to fit designs, no two days are will be the same.

Many Plumbers also get to work with CAD software which uses 3D imagery to help design plumbing systems for large projects. Plumbing requires good communication and teamwork skills and is a steady job with great career prospects opportunities. Thousands of companies are looking for plumbers, and some offer on-the-job training with technical instruction. Many companies even offer paid apprenticeship programs. You can train through apprenticeship programs or at work, so you can earn while you learn.

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A plumber replaces a pipe fitting
A good plumber can quickly size up a situation and solve the problem. (Credit: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock)
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A Day In the Life
A Day In the Life

For Shawn Powell, being a plumber runs in the family and he recommends on-the-job training to anyone who isn’t afraid of hard work. Shawn says, “There’s good money to be made in this always-in-demand trade.” 

Watch the video or learn more about how Shawn made it as a plumber.

Job Responsibilities
  • Install and repair pipes for water, gas, or other services
  • Interpret blueprints for pipe laying
  • Assemble fittings and valves
  • Install fixtures and appliances and supports for pipes and equipment
  • Inspect and test plumbing systems for leaks and problems
  • Prepare bids
Education + Training
Get started

Get Started

You’ll need a high school diploma or equivalent.
Train through a trade school or community college.
You can learn on-the-job through an apprenticeship program (typically four to five years.

Learn on the job

Learn on the Job

Find a plumber apprenticeship through an employer or association.

Qualifications

Get your Qualifications

Take classes at a plumbing school or community college and get qualified.

Rocket

Enjoy Job Security

Create job opportunities and increase your salary potential with further certifications.
Pass the trade knowledge and local codes exams to get licensed and certified (between two to five years to work independently).

Plumbing Requires:

Problem Solving

Problem solving ability

Communicate

Communication and listening skills

Machinery

Operating machinery

Heavy materials

Handling heavy materials and tools

Safety

Safety-consciousness

Team Player

A teamwork mentality

Plumber Training in Your Area

Coordinates

Plumbing Apprentice Certificate

NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Bentonville (99.2 Miles)

Plumbing Continuing Education

Paris Junior College
Paris (238.0 Miles)

Construction Technology- Plumbing, A.A.S.

Collin College
McKinney (276.4 Miles)

Construction Technology- Plumbing and Management Certificate Level 2

Collin College
McKinney (276.4 Miles)

Construction Technology- Plumbing Certificate Level 1

Collin College
McKinney (276.4 Miles)

Construction Technology- Plumbing Management Certificate Level 1

Collin College
McKinney (276.4 Miles)

Plumbing Technology Diploma

Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs (289.0 Miles)

Plumbing Apprenticeship - Pre-Apprenticeship Plumbing Certificate of Achievement

Metropolitan Community College (NE)
Omaha (291.5 Miles)

Plumbing Fundamentals Career Certificate

Metropolitan Community College (NE)
Omaha (291.5 Miles)

Plumbing Apprenticeship, A.A.S.

Metropolitan Community College (NE)
Omaha (291.5 Miles)
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Backflow Prevention Certification CITR-1140

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids (397.3 Miles)
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Backflow Prevention Certification

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids (397.3 Miles)
Ask the Expert
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Ask the Expert

Erin Izen is Director of Workforce Development and Military Relations at The Home Depot. She has seen some big changes in the construction trade in recent months has this to say about skilled trades, “The opportunities in construction now are unprecedented. There are lots of options, so you can always find a training program that suits your lifestyle. There will be millions of jobs open in these roles in the next eight years. Unlike some jobs, their tasks can’t be automated.”

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