Plumber

Plumber

What is a Plumber?

On a typical construction job, plumbers do the “roughing in” after the frame and roof of a new building are in place.

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In other words, they:

  • Study the building plans and specifications to determine the layout for the plumbing and other materials
  • Locate and mark the positions for connections and fixtures
  • Cut holes through walls and floors to accommodate pipes
  • Select the type and size of pipe required and measure, cut, thread, bend, clamp, solvent cement or solder pipe
  • Assemble and install valves and fittings
  • Join pipe sections and secure them in position
  • Test pipe systems for leaks
  • Install underground storm, sanitary and water piping systems
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Skills & Abilities

The plumbing trade is most rewarding to people who enjoy using their specialized skills in a variety of working conditions and working with little supervision.

To be successful in the trade, plumbers need:

  • The physical stamina required to:
    • Lift heavy pipes weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
    • Be on your feet for long periods
    • Sometimes work in cramped positions
  • Mechanical ability
  • The ability to work alone or with others
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Apprenticeship Training

The term of apprenticeship for a plumber is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.

An applicant who is not already certified in Alberta as a gasfitter (1st Class or 2nd Class) will complete an apprenticeship program that includes both the plumber and gasfitter 2nd class trades.

An applicant who previously completed courses of study or work experience related to the plumber trade or holds a related journeyman certificate and has the employer’s recommendation, may qualify for credit that could reduce the term of apprenticeship.

A person who has previous training or work experience in the trade and wants to determine their level of skill and knowledge for entry or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program may apply for a Prior Learning Assessment.

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Next Steps

To find answers to your questions and learn more about a career as a Plumber, contact Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 496 or UA Local 488 Plumbers & Pipefitters.

For a quick summary of a career as a plumber, ask about the plumber trade card.

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