The life of a plumber may not seem glamorous, but at MaintenX we consider them to be heroes. When our clients have a plumbing disaster that’s preventing them from keeping their doors open, our plumbing team is onsite and ready to serve. That is why we are always excited when someone expresses an interest in this field. However, if you’re interested in becoming a plumber, there are a few things you should know before you begin your education.
Job Duties and Salary of a Plumber
Plumbers are responsible for installing and repairing anything having to do with the plumbing system of a home or commercial facility. This includes not only the pipes and visible components (such as faucets and sinks), but any electrical or mechanical component connecting them. From the drain to the city line, plumbers handle it all. Some of the everyday job duties include:
- Preparing the layout of a new construction plumbing system
- Measuring, marking, cutting, and bending pipes
- Install pipes, valves, fittings, and appliances
- Installing and repairing water heaters, toilets, sinks, and other appliances connected to the plumbing system
- Backflow testing
Plumbing is often considered a “dirty job,” since you’ll be climbing under houses and dealing with water and sewage supplies. That is why it pays upward of $60K per year on average. Most licensed and insured plumbers can start making $30K – $40K and work their way up.
How to Become a Plumber
Most plumbers start their training in a technical school. You need to be licensed and insured to practice legally, so getting your certification from an accredited technical school is a must. Most plumbers also complete an apprenticeship, which requires hands-on experience with a company before you can work for yourself or be hired by a company.
Luckily, most technical schools will help you start your apprenticeship before you even graduate so you can get on-the-job experience right away. This will help you learn as you go and be prepared for the demands of the work. Whether you want to specialize in home or commercial work, this time is critical in your education and professional development.
Once you have completed your degree and apprenticeship, you can get licensed in your state and begin working! Once you reach this stage, contact your local MaintenX to find job openings for entry-level plumbing positions. We offer incredible benefits, a competitive salary, and one of the best work environments you’ll find in the industry.
Get your plumbing career off the ground with MaintenX! You can contact us or visit our careers page for more information.