What is a Career in Plumbing?
Plumbing offers careers in new construction, and service and repair. Plumbers install and repair the water, waste disposal, drainage and gas systems in homes as well as in commercial and industrial buildings. Plumbers also install plumbing fixtures such as bathtubs, showers, sinks and toilets, and appliances, including dishwashers, waste disposers and water heaters. Plumbers work in commercial and residential settings where water and septic systems need to be installed and maintained.

What does a plumber do?
• Measure, cut, thread, or bend pipe to required angle, using hand or power tools or machines such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines, or pipe-bending machines
• Study building plans and inspect structures to assess material and equipment needs, to establish the sequence of pipe installations and to plan installation around obstructions such as electrical wiring
• Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, or fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers or levels
• Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks
• Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding equipment
• Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers or water heaters, or fixtures such as sinks or toilets, using hand or power tools
• Review blueprints, building codes, or specifications to determine work details or procedures
• Install underground storm, sanitary, or water piping systems, extending piping as needed to connect fixtures and plumbing

Did you know?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is expected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020 – faster than the average for all occupations. Stricter water efficiency standards and new building and power plant construction are projected to spur demand for workers.

According to The Occupational Information Network (O*NET), plumbers are listed as a “bright outlook occupation.” Bright outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.


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Want more information?

For more information about the Plumbing Technician program Contact Kristin Houser, Dean of Career Technical Education Kristin.houser@canyons.edu or 661-362-3408

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"Plumbers work in commercial and residential settings where water and septic systems need to be installed and maintained. "

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