Plumbers design, install, maintain and repair pipes, fittings and fixtures for water, sewage, drainage and gas systems according to codes and specifications. Plumbers are trained to do everything from digging trenches for new pipelines, to installing hardware for faucets, showers and lavatories in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

Compensation Information

Work Conditions

Both indoor and outdoor, nearly every building type, varying weather, physically demanding, new and existing construction, working from heights

Skills Needed

Strong math, reading, spatial and mechanical ability, manual dexterity, problem solving, physical stamina, fast-paced thinking, communication, hand/eye coordination, comfortable with heights, blueprint reading, decision making

Relevant Classes

  • Algebra

  • Basic arithmetic

  • General math

  • Geometry

  • Trigonometry

  • Science

  • Technology

  • Drafting

  • Mechanical drawing

  • English/communication

  • Shop classes

Education and Training

  • 5-year apprentice program

  • 8,000 hours of on-the-job training

  • 572 paid hours

  • 260 unpaid hours (night school)

Are you ready to see what a career as a Plumber has to offer?