A licensed plumber diagnoses and repairs plumbing and plumbing problems. Plumbers perform a variety of tasks, such as reading and interpreting plans to locate drain systems, dismantling sinks, bathtubs and toilets to examine and assemble sections of pipes, repair valves, select the most appropriate tools for plumbing work, and installing water pumps.
Licensed plumbers fulfillthese job responsibilities, in addition to preparing work estimates, negotiating plumbing contracts, and planning large plumbing projects. A maintenance plumber is a role within the plumbing profession that focuses on the maintenance of large water systems.
In this career, you are generally hired by larger organizations to maintain the plumbing systems of large facilities or campuses. Your responsibilities depend on the type of building you maintain, but your basic tasks are to maintain, repair, or install gas, water, irrigation or sewer systems. Generally, the systems you work on as a maintenance plumber are designed to be used on a large scale by many people. This differs from plumbers who operate individual systems in homes.
Apprentice plumbers work in a plumbing apprenticeship program with experienced plumbers. An internship is required to become a licensed plumber at the officer and teacher level. The duties of an apprentice plumber are similar to those of the plumber officer or master with whom the apprentice works. You evaluate problems for customers and help the plumber with repairs.
For new construction projects, trainee plumbers help with the installation of water, gas and drainage pipes for the entire building. You'll also learn about safety regulations and government regulations. From small home plumbing repairs to large scale installations, an apprentice plumber can perform a variety of jobs during their training. The type of plumbing work you do and whether or not you own your own business can affect your income as a master plumber.
According to the Department of Labor, union members are among the highest paid in the industry. In addition, a master plumber can also work as a foreman, superintendent, or project manager, and each one earns more than the last.