Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install and repair piping fixtures and systems.

Skills include:

  • Cut and join pipe
  • Install, repair, and maintain plumbing systems
  • Install and repair waste disposal and drainage systems
  • Install and repair fixtures like showers, diverters, sinks, faucets and toilets
  • Install and repair appliances like dishwashers, garbage disposals, and water heaters
  • Troubleshoot malfunctioning systems
  • Inspect and test installed pipe systems and pipelines
  • Use green building techniques to conserve water and energy resources
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Demands of the Job

The plumbing trade is one of the largest in the building industry. Plumbers work indoors and out, sometimes in wet and damp areas. Using heavy and rough material, the work is physically demanding with bending, lifting, kneeling, and standing for long periods. If you like physical work and have an eye for detail, plumbing may be the trade for you.


Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow much faster than the average for all skilled trades occupations. A growing emphasis on water conservation will require retrofitting of existing homes, increasing the demand for skilled plumbers. The skills learned in plumbing can transfer to other specialties like pipe layer, HVAC installer, mechanical insulation worker, solar installer or maintenance and repair worker.

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Average Wage:

$15.68 per hour

Find a Program or Site


  • General Contractor
  • Master Plumber
  • Service Contractor
  • Foreman
  • Product Sales
  • Instructor
  • Journeyperson
  • Apprentice
  • Plumber’s Helper