Plumbers install repair and maintain water and waste disposal systems they layout and install piping in commercial and residential buildings and they connect water lines to various types of appliances. They also install plumbing fixtures and they repair broken water lines. Sometimes they are called upon to unclog drains or find and repair leaks. To fix and install water lines they use a variety of materials and they are often required to use welding equipment to seal pipes. Plumbers must also be able to read blueprints so that they can install piping correctly in newly constructed buildings or as part of renovation projects. Because they are knowledgeable about plumbing codes and costs they often help create blueprints for the layout of new plumbing systems using special computer software applications. Plumbers must be good at working with their hands and they must be physically capable of kneeling squatting and crawling to reach locations where plumbing needs repair or where it will be installed. Plumbers are employed by schools property management companies and plumbing companies. Once they have sufficient experience some plumbers work on their own on a freelance basis. Aspiring plumbers must have a high school diploma or the equivalent after which they can get training at a community college or vocational school. However many learn the profession by serving in apprenticeships that are often administered by unions. In some states plumbers must have a license to practice their trade which they can get by passing a licensing exam. According to the website the salary for plumbers depends on location employer level of education and years of experience. On average plumbers earn an annual salary of approximately $40000. However those working for large companies in major cities earn more than those working for small companies in less urban areas.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $40000
High Salary: $50000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Installs and repairs water lines.
Detects leaks in piping.
Repairs water lines that serve various appliances.
Prepares layout plans for plumbing in new buildings.
Also Called: Maintenance Professional
Pipe Fitter
Pipe Assembler
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