Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinklerfitters.
Sample of reported job titles: Pipe Fitter, Pipefitter, Welder, Steamfitter, Sprinkler Fitter, Equipment Service Associate (ESA), Machine Repairman, Journeyman Pipe Fitter, Millwright, Pipe Welder, Plumber, Journeyman Plumber, Drain Technician, Plumber Gasfitter, Plumbing and Heating Mechanic, Residential Plumber, Service Plumber, Commercial Plumber
New Hampshire Outlook
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Education and Training
Most Plumbers learn the trade through an apprenticeship program, which is required in most states. Apprentices enter into an agreement with an employer, who provides supervised on-the-job training. At the same time, the apprentice attends classroom training. Most plumbing apprenticeships require four years of combined education and work experience.
In New Hampshire, Plumbers are regulated by the Plumbing Safety and Licensing Section in the Department of Safety. After completing a four-year apprenticeship in plumbing, they may take the Journeyman examination. Journeyman plumbers must have at least six months of practical experience to be eligible for the Master Plumber examination. Journeyman and Master Plumbers must complete a minimum of three hours of continuing education annually.
Interests (Holland Code): RCI
Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters work in factories, homes, businesses, and wherever else there are pipes or septic systems. Workers must often lift heavy materials, climb ladders, and work in tight spaces. Some plumbers travel to a variety of work sites every day.
Additional Information Sources**
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association
International Code Council
Office of Apprenticeship
US Department of Labor
To Find a Job
Contact the nearest NH Employment Security office or go online to www.nhes.nh.gov
* New Hampshire Occupational Employment and Wages, September 2012. Wage estimates based on surveys through May 2011, adjusted to June 2012.
** Inclusion of this information is intended to provide a convenient resource for research, but in no way constitutes an endorsement for any organization; nor is the list all-inclusive.
NH Employment Projections, base year 2010 to projected year 2020
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010, Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau
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