When a water line breaks or the sewage is backed up – call a plumber. These days, plumbing has become a fairly major industry and requires more qualifications that carrying a couple of wrenches and pocket screw driver. It’s a profession, or as we say a trade, that has qualified people performing critical tasks. What do plumbers actually do?
Becoming a Plumber
To become a plumber, you need to do a trade apprenticeship which will include theory of piping systems and practising the use of tools, normal and specialised, and a course in trouble shooting. A trade apprentice works with a licensed plumber or plumbing service and gets on the job training in real life experiences that may crop up on daily jobs.
There are quite a few different fields in which a plumber can become involved.
Commercial plumbers – install, maintain and repair systems such as heating, food conveyance piping and large commercial hot water systems. Plumbers involved in hospital and medical centre facilities, or food manufacturing, need to know about bacteriology and sanitation controls that prevent contamination of systems that deliver food to people. If the plumbing work involves steam fittings, then further training in equipment and safety is required.
Plumbers can find work specialising in crude oil pipe lines and working on oil rigs with an oil company. They can also work at nuclear power plants where there are more pipes than at Scottish bagpipe competition. Pipe fittings and everything being correct is super critical at these facilities. There are huge cooling systems with pipes delivering coolant, maintain circulation and a myriad of other chores. Training required on materials and connections and pipe stresses are all necessary to maintain the safety of the operation.
Plumbers work in the construction industry completing water and sewage systems. Construction takes in housing developments, commercial buildings such as shopping centres and hotels. Home renovations, repairs and plumbing maintenance all require a plumber.
Plumbers working in real estate as part of property management look after apartment complexes, hospitals, commercial buildings and single unit dwellings. Work involved includes sewage systems and general plumbing maintenance.
Plumbers are always being called out for emergency repairs and to unblock drains and pipes. They can work for councils and other city departments repairing burst pipes and maintaining sewage and water delivery systems. They are on call 24/7 and respond to emergency situations whenever necessary. Water supplies and sewage contamination are a risk to human safety.
The Plumbing Industry
When you think about it, plumbing is a complete industry in itself. Population growth along with housing construction, commercial and industrial growth will see a greater demand for plumbers highly qualified and trained to be able to provide a first class service.