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Assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings, and fixtures.

Program Description

Plumbers and pipe fitters install pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. They also maintain, alter, and repair existing piping systems, and install plumbing fixtures, appliances and heating equipment. Workers measure, bend, cut, and thread pipes; they then bolt, braze, solvent weld, screw, or solder them together. They install and connect pipes and fittings according to the instructions on blueprints or shop drawings and may have to drill holes in ceilings, floors, and walls, or hang steel supports from ceilings to position the pipes properly. Good plumbers use their minds as well as their hands since accurate computing, estimating, planning, and measuring are all integral requirements for this career. Plumbers may work for private contractors, industrial maintenance departments and the government, or they may be self-employed. The work is strenuous and active, but plumbers enjoy earnings well above the average wage earner, and the employment is good, which makes this career area an excellent choice.

Advanced placement in a Trade Apprenticeship Program is available for qualified graduates through Tech Prep and NCCER Level I.

Employment opportunities available after high school graduation:

  • Plumbing Supply House Worker, Plumbing Maintenance.

Employment opportunities requiring apprenticeship training after high school:

  • Plumber, Pipe Fitter, Pipe Fitter Maintenance, Sprinkler Fitter, Commercial Building Maintenance.