Plumbers are responsible for:
1. Installing and repairing
• Review building plans
• Identify required tools
• Locate and mark pipe that needs work
• Assemble and install valves and fittings
• Test pipe fittings for leaks
2. Maintaining codes and installation requirements
Apply all codes to work
• Ensure all installations, repairs, and maintenance are properly aligned, sized and supported
• Ensure all installations etc meet the requirements of the correct codes
• Ensure they meet the environmental protection requirements
3. Administer and schedule work
• Prepare budgets
• Keep daily reports
• Schedule work with other trades and suppliers
• Prepare orders of supplies
Knowledge needed to be a plumber
•Water distribution and waste water disposal in different building types
•The relevant codes and procedures
•The economic, cultural and political environment
• Team building
• Problem solving skills
• Negotiation and mediation skills
• Communication skills
• Computer skills
• Time management skills
Personal skills needed:
• Physically fit
• Good interpersonal skills
• Enjoy practical work
Working conditions of a plumber
Plumbers spend long hours outside in the varying weather conditions and in awkward positions which may cause physical strain or discomfort. Heavy lifting and coming into contact with sharp objects will happen for plumbers, so they must make sure that they maintain safety procedures to avoid injury. There are also possible chances of falling off ladders, burns off hot pipes etc. Plumbers may also come into contact with poisons and gases which could cause illness.
There can be many awkward working environments being a plumber and quite often you will be working alone. It may be required to carry all equipment round with you. Also the weather may cause problems.
These include the exposure to smells from sewage, noises from all the power tools, and also dust and debris from the construction sites. These things could cause headaches.
Plumbers may be called out at odd hours in the day as they have to work when needed. They also have to work long hours which can be very tiring. It is also required to be able to concentrate in construction sites and order equipment along with scheduling work with other labourers.
Some plumber jobs may be more exciting than others. The majority of jobs will be small ones in people's homes, fixing pipes or installing bathroom fixtures. But there will be bigger jobs to those who are more qualified, such as being involved with the construction on a new building. The plumber will be in charge of deciding where the pipes will be placed, and then makes a blueprint. They then have to install them.
By: Liam Williams