What does a Plumber (306A) do?

Plumbers install, repair, and maintain pipes, fixtures, and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution, drainage, and waste disposal in new or existing residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading blueprints, drawings, and specifications to determine layout of plumbing systems, water supply networks, and waste and drainage systems
  • Installing, repairing, and maintaining domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing systems
  • Locating and marking positions for pipe connections, passage holes, and fixtures in walls and floors
  • Measuring, cutting, bending, and threading pipes using hand and power tools or machines
  • Testing pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges
  • Communicating effectively with co-workers, contractors, and other tradespeople
  • Planning and performing complex calculations for specialized projects; costing and estimating the work to be performed

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, though a high school diploma is generally required
  • Completion of 9,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Plumber (306A)?

  • Varied workplaces include construction sites, factory floors, and residential buildings
  • Technology increasingly important for drawing, estimating, and cost reporting, as well as use of integrated plumbing systems
  • Many plumbers are self-employed, but some are hired by plumbing and heating/air conditioning construction firms

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $26.00-$59.00 per hour, not including overtime.

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