Plumbers (also known as plumbers, or plumbing and heating technicians) work with plumbing systems, fixtures and piping equipment and controls used to transport water, hot liquids, waste and gas. On the farm plumbers are needed for installation, repair and maintenance of water lines for watering facilities or natural gas lines for heating buildings.
- Study building or yard plans, layouts and specifications to determine layout of water line, gas line, plumbing and other materials
- Locate and mark areas or positions for connections, and fixtures, and where existing water and gas lines may already exist if applicable
- Select type and size of piping required and measure, cut, bend, thread, clamp, and solvent cement or solder pipe
- Assemble and install valves and fittings, as well as join pipe sections and secure them in position
- Install underground water piping systems for outdoor and indoor livestock watering systems
- Test system for leaks and faults and repair as required
- Repair, maintain or renovate existing plumbing or piping systems
Skills and Qualifications:
- Ability to work with others as well as with little supervision.
- Good physical strength, stamina and agility in lifting pipes over 25 kg, standing for long periods, and occasionally working in cramped locations.
- Good mechanical aptitude.
- Enjoy working in a variety of conditions.
Conditions vary from one job to another, as plumbing and gasfitters don’t often specialize their work in one particular area (i.e. residential versus industrial). Little protection from weather is expected when a plumber is “roughing-in” or installing gas or water lines outdoors. More comfortable conditions exist for finishing or repair and maintenance work. Operating in a smaller community gives a plumber more opportunity for a wider range of plumbing and plumbing-related work. Risk of injury is expected in working with power tools rough metals and pipe-fitting equipment.
Education and Training:
A plumber in Alberta must be either a registered apprentice, an Alberta-certified journeyman, or hold a recognizable related training certificate. Term for apprenticeship is four years including a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training per year.
Alberta Apprenticeship and Training arranges technical training through various colleges that offer such programs include NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology), SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) and Red Deer College.
Salary and Wages:
Average hours worked: 40.7 per week
Average wage: $34.26 per hour
Average salary (Alberta): $72,568.00 per annum