Plumber Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Plumber, or Pipefitter, is someone who fixes broken pipes and drains, installs pipework into new construction and retrofits or upgrades existing plumbing. Their duties include measuring and cutting pipe to length, welding joins for a leak-free junction and using the correct type of pipe and material for the job at hand.

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Plumber job duties and responsibilities

A Plumber handles a wide range of duties and responsibilities when installing and maintaining plumbing, some of these functions include:

  • Installing, maintaining and repairing pipe including joins, valves, drains and fixtures in all types of structures
  • Coordinating with a General Contractor and other building professionals on a jobsite
  • Understanding and following blueprints or building plans
  • Following current rules and regulations related to plumbing to ensure that systems pass inspection for the first time
  • Keeping and maintaining records of time spent on a job and materials purchased for the work
  • Preparing budgets and estimating costs to bid on potential work
  • Responding to plumbing emergencies, determining the issue and making a repair
  • Performing regular maintenance of plumbing systems to prevent emergencies

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We are an established plumbing company that is constantly growing and in need of all levels of plumbers. All commercial projects. We are a non union shop but about 70% of our projects are prevailing wage rates for our plumbers.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $15.00 to $60.00 /hour

Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

    Work Location:

  • Multiple locations

    Benefits:

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Signing bonus

  • Paid time off

    Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

    This Job Is:

  • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to Open to applicants who do not have a high school diploma/GED

  • A good job for someone just entering the workforce or returning to the workforce with limited experience and A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma
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    Plumber

    No Experience Required, We Will Train

    Entry Level Position, starting rate $14.25 + DOE

    Hours M-F 7:00 am-3:30 pm

    This Job is for Eastvale, CA & surrounding areas

    Trilogy Plumbing, Inc. is looking for experienced and inexperienced new construction plumbers. We offer on the job training, a career road map, and an exciting opportunity!

    Our road map will show you exactly how to make every dollar you're worth and our training program will help you get there.

    Our company offers competitive benefits including Medical, Dental and Vision health insurance. We also offer a cell phone after 180 days of employment with unlimited data, calling and messaging.

    You must have Reliable Transportation.

    Must BE Eligible TO Work IN THE United States. This company participates in the E-Verify program

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $14.25 to $19.25 /hour

    Location:

  • Eastvale, CA (Required)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Application Question:

  • Do you have a reliable source of transportation?

    Work Location:

  • One location

    Benefits:

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Professional development assistance

  • Tuition reimbursement

    Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

    This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous

  • Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail

  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction

  • Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture

    This Job Is:

  • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply

  • Open to applicants who do not have a high school diploma/GED

  • A “Fair Chance” job (you or the employer follow Fair Chance hiring practices when performing background checks - learn more at Monday to 8 hour shift
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    Plumber

    Come work with the great team at Taylor Group Plumbing, a family owned company operating more than 17 years in installation and service for customers in all five boroughs of New York City.

    Experienced service technician wanted with at least 2-5 years in plumbing service.

    competitive salary, and commissions on sales.

    Skills needed:

  • Technical troubleshooting

  • Knowledge of heating and cooling systems for residential and small commercial operations.

  • Ability to discuss issues with customers in a friendly, professional manner and work with support personnel in the Taylor Group office.

  • Ability to repair customer equipment with appropriate company tools without close supervision.

    Responsibilities:

  • Respond to service calls in company vehicle with company tools.

  • Valid drivers license and clean record required.

  • Accurately diagnose service issues and recommend repairs to customer.

  • Present repair prices to customer.

  • Repair customer equipment and perform maintenance cleaning as per service contracts and customer authorizations.

  • Maintain professional image at all times.

  • Able to lift up to 50.

    Benefits:

    Competitive salary with experience $15-50/hour plus overtime and commissions on sales.

    paid holidays and paid vacation.

    Paid training.

    Company van and power tools.

    It is the policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, national origin, gender and/or expression.

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $15.00 to $50.00 /hour

    Experience:

  • plumbing: 2 years (Required)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Commission

    Work Location:

  • On the road

    Benefits:

  • Paid time off

  • Flexible schedule

  • Professional development assistance

    Pay Frequency:

  • Weekly

    This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous

  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects

  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction

    Schedule:

  • Monday to Weekends On call
  • What does a Plumber do?

    Plumbers may repair a break in the plumbing or replace old pipes with new pipes. A Plumber works according to their customer’s specifications. They design plumbing layouts in accordance with local and national regulations and can provide valuable information as to the correct placement of pipe into new construction for Architects. A Plumber also installs and maintains water systems and hot water heating systems and installs or maintains domestic appliances.

    Plumber skills and qualifications

    A Plumber should be capable of cutting pipe to the correct length, making a water-tight joint or weld and properly diagnosing a plumbing issue. A  successful Plumber candidate will have various skills and qualifications these typically include:

    • Proficiency with hand and power tools specific to the plumbing trade
    • Knowledge of building codes regulations 
    • Working familiarity with plumbing materials and their appropriate use
    • Proficiency in maths
    • Ability to show initiative
    • Possess a current plumbing licence (blue CSCS card)

    Plumber experience requirements

    The experience required of a Plumber varies depending upon the size of the job and company. At a minimum candidates should have at least two years of work experience. For speciality plumbing, candidates with at least five years of work experience are considered to make sure their finished work is clean and holds up to the stresses of use. 

    Plumber education and training requirements

    Plumbers must have at least minimum high-school diploma or General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSEs) in maths and English. They have the option to do an apprenticeship and learn their skills as they advance, or they can begin their career by taking courses at a City & Guilds approved training centre. Education and qualifications for a Plumber include a BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment,  an EAL Level 2 Intermediate Diploma in Plumbing,  an EAL Level 3 Advanced Diploma and  Plumbing or a Construction Skills Certification Scheme. 

    Plumber salary expectations

    According to Indeed salaries, the average salary for a Plumber is £16.49 per hour. Pay depends on geographical location, experience and the exact company.

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    Plumber job description FAQs

    What are the day-to-day duties of a Plumber?

    A Plumber begins the day by going over the scheduled appointments and making sure they have the required parts for the planned work. They go to each appointment to take care of the customer’s needs and leave the customer with properly functioning plumbing. A Plumber has to anticipate problems and unknown construction with existing plumbing. They need to be ready to stop the work and find a replacement part as quickly as possible to restore the plumbing to an operating state. A Plumber also has to take care of invoicing a customer for payment of services and parts.

    Do Plumbers have different responsibilities in different industries?

    The duties of a Plumber tend to be the same regardless of the industry. The basic requirements for plumbing skills are the same regardless of the building or facility type. Regulations do affect the type of plumbing that’s installed, but the Plumber still has to follow blueprints for installation in an office building and know how to repair a household drain.

    What qualities make a good Plumber?

    A good Plumber is an individual who is capable of doing the job right the first time and with few mistakes. They’re capable of welding or soldering a tight joint that won’t leak. A good plumber is one who can lay out pipe in straight lines and places bends that follow the wall or ceiling with clean angles. They are capable of tackling almost any plumbing problem and making repairs that last for years.

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