Plumbers design, install, repair and maintain piping systems such as soil, waste, vent, potable water, wastewater treatment, gas systems (medical, propane, and natural) in residential, commercial, industrial buildings and at utility sites. Plumbing tasks require the ability to assemble, install, maintain and repair pipes, fittings, fixtures, appurtenances, appliances of heating, water, storm and sanitary drainage systems according to specifications and plumbing codes.
Work done on the job:
- Install interior and exterior underground sanitary, storm sewer and water and private sewage systems.
- Prepare, install, test, maintain and remove vertical and horizontal waste systems, stacks and branches, including soil, waste vent, and conductors.
- Install water supply systems, including underground and above-ground domestic potable hot and cold water systems, cross-connection control, and water treatment, multi-purpose pipes, and backflow prevention.
- Set and connect all types of plumbing and gas fixtures and appliances, including those connected with the water supply, gas, and waste water and water treatment systems.
- Review blueprints and building codes and specifications to determine work details, layout, and procedures.
- Study building plans and inspect structures to assess material and equipment needs, to establish the sequence of pipe installations, and to plan installation around obstructions such as electrical wiring.
- Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, and fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers and levels.
- Measure, cut, thread, weld, braze, solder, and bend pipe to required angle, using hand and power tools or machines; such as: pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines, and pipe-bending machines.
- Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers, water heaters, and fixtures; such as sinks and toilets, using hand and power tools and water treatment equipment.