Nearly all areas of construction rely on plumbers. If you enjoy working with your hands and using your brain, then this trade is for you. As long as there are drainage and water systems, there will be a need for reliable plumbers. Plumbers install, repair and maintain pipes in residential, commercial and/or industrial buildings Their job includes welding and connecting pipes, opening walls and floors to reach or install pipes, and testing pipes for leaks.
Career Exploration Resources:
More about a career as a plumber:
No formal programs for Plumbers, experience is the best teacher!
Information on how to qualify for and receive a license as a Plumber in the State of Michigan: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Additional Training Courses:
These courses are offered by Online CTI, headquartered in Traverse City with online courses available across the country.
Day In The Life of a Plumber:
Review blueprints, building codes, or specifications to determine work details or procedures.
Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding equipment.
Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers or water heaters, or fixtures such as sinks or toilets, using hand or power tools.
Maintain or repair plumbing by replacing defective washers, replacing or mending broken pipes, or opening clogged drains.
Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, or fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers or levels.
Install underground storm, sanitary, or water piping systems, extending piping as needed to connect fixtures and plumbing.