The plumbing industry is strong and expanding. Plumbers today provide all the medical gas installation in hospitals, clinics and dialysis units. They work in new residential and commercial construction, remodeling and updating plumbing in existing buildings and provide valuable troubleshooting. A plumber is a highly skilled technician that takes great pride in the work done.
Plumber Job Description
- Works in high places and enclosed spaces where the job requires, climbing, bending, stooping, crawling, kneeling, lifting, and working in extreme temperature ranges.
- Assembles, installs, and repairs pipes, fittings, fixtures, and systems of heating, water, drainage, Natural gas, and Medical gas according to specifications and plumbing codes.
- Studies building plans and working drawings to determine work aids required and sequence of installations.
- Inspects structure to ascertain obstructions to be avoided to prevent weakening of structure resulting from installation of pipe.
- Locates and marks position of pipe and pipe connections and passage holes for pipes in walls and floors.
- Cuts openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings, using hand and power tools.
- Cuts and threads pipe using, pipe cutters, cutting torch, and pipe threading machine.
- Bends pipe to required angle by use of pipe bending machine or by placing pipe over block and bending it by hand.
- Assembles and installs valves, pipe fittings, and pipes composed of metals such as, iron, steel, brass, and lead, and nonmetals such as, glass, vitrified clay, and plastic, using hand and power tools.
- Joins pipes by use of screws, bolts, fittings, solder, plastic solvent, brazing, welding, and caulked joints.
- Fills pipe systems with water , air or gas, and reads pressure gauges to determine whether system is leaking.
- Installs and repairs plumbing fixtures such as, sinks, commodes, bathtubs, water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposal units, dishwashers, and water softeners.
- Repairs and maintains plumbing by replacing washers in leaking faucets, repairing broken pipes, and opening clogged drains.
- Must have working knowledge of building and mechanical codes.
- May weld supports to steel structural members.
- Will be randomly exposed to glues, solvents, dust, gasses, and wastes that may be considered hazardous or infective.