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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.

Learn on the job

Learn on the Job

Learn on-the-job through an apprenticeship program through an employer or industry association. 

 

Qualifications

Get your Qualifications

Pass the trade knowledge and local codes exams to get your plumber license or certification (between two to five years to work independently).

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Plumber License and Certificate Requirements

You may need a state license before you can begin working as a Plumber in your state, but most states have different requirements, license fees, and application forms. The good news - we make it super easy for you to find what you need to get your Plumber License. Enter your zip code to get started.

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

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Path to Pro

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Plumbing Technology, Certificate

Three Rivers College
Poplar Bluff (292.5 Miles)
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Plumbing Technology Diploma

Northeast Community College
Norfolk (354.2 Miles)
Western Iowa Tech Community College logo

Plumbing Systems Diploma

Western Iowa Tech Community College
Sioux City (374.1 Miles)
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Residential Plumbing Certificate

Western Iowa Tech Community College
Sioux City (374.1 Miles)
Texas State Technical College logo

Plumbing & Pipefitting Technology Certificate 1

Texas State Technical College
Waco (384.8 Miles)
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Basic Plumbing Occupational Skills Award

Texas State Technical College
Waco (384.8 Miles)
Kirkwood Community College logo

Backflow Prevention Certification

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids (397.1 Miles)
Kirkwood Community College logo

Plumbing (Pre-Apprenticeship) Diploma

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids (397.5 Miles)
Black Hawk College logo

Foundations of Plumbing Certificate of Completion (Online)

Black Hawk College
Moline (413.5 Miles)
Hinds Community College logo

Plumbing and Construction, A.A.S.

Hinds Community College
Raymond (449.7 Miles)
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Plumbing and Construction Career Certificate

Hinds Community College
Raymond (449.7 Miles)
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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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