What does a Lead Plumber do?
A plumber is responsible for installing and repairing water systems in residential or commercial buildings. Duties include studying and analyzing blueprints and drawings to identify plumbing and water supply systems to assemble and install products without interfering with existing infrastructure. Other general tasks include measuring, cutting, bending pipe material and installing and maintaining water systems. Depending on the company, career progressions of a plumber may consist of being promoted to a lead plumber or foreman or being appointed in a managerial role.
Although formal education is not required to be a plumber, many companies prefer candidates to have a high school diploma or equivalent. In most cases, the successful completion of an apprenticeship is required followed by proven experience working as a plumber. Good candidates for this position often possess a strong understanding of plumbing systems, materials and equipment and are excellent at troubleshooting and analyzing water system errors. Due to the nature of the job, the ability to squat, kneel, stand, bend or twist for long periods of time is required along with the flexibility to travel to locations.
- Study and analyze blueprints and floor plans to understand the plumbing system and water supply system layout
- Navigate the assembly and installation of pipes and tubes without interfering with existing infrastructure
- Measure, cut and bend pipe material
- Assemble valves, fittings, tubes and water system appliances
- Install and maintain building water systems
- Troubleshoot and fix issues relating to water supply lines
- Repair and replace system issues such as clogged drains, faucet problems, broken drainage lines and so on
- Maintain current knowledge of state regulations affecting plumbing work
- Successful completion of an apprenticeship with a qualified plumber
- Proven experience working as a plumber in a fast-paced environment
- Strong understanding of plumbing systems, materials and equipment
- Working knowledge of state regulations affecting plumbing work
- Exceptional customer service and client focus
- Excellent troubleshooting and analytical skills
- Familiar with plumbing tools and equipment
- Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
- Valid plumbing license to practice the profession
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