Plumbing involves installation and
repair of a wide variety of piping systems and equipment. The majority
of plumbing work is in the commercial segment of building construction.
From layout (or design) preparation to the final installation of fixtures
and equipment a PLUMBER practices daily all the mental and physical skills
acquired through a structured learning process during the five year apprenticeship
period. The layout and installation of piping materials, plumbing fixtures
and mechanical equipment are learned on the job. Blueprint reading, drawing,
trade math, related systems, theory and selected manipulative skills are
taught in the related school program. The apprentice works under the direct
guidance and supervision of a licensed plumber.
Plumbing is hard, physical work,
and is performed throughout the year, in all kinds of weather, inside and
out. Ditch work, elevated work, often involving jobs in uncomfortable positions.
Potential hazards require constant "Good Safety" attitude and practice.