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.