Job description Plumber near Edmonton (AB)
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Find out what work is like for a plumber in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Plumbers (NOC 72300).



Plumbers install, repair and maintain pipes, fixtures and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and waste water disposal in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. They are employed in maintenance departments of factories, plants and similar establishments, by plumbing contractors, or they may be self-employed. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.

Work week duration

Plumbers usually work between 35 to 40 hours per week.
Between 35 to 40 hours

Job duties

Here are some of the main activities and tasks that Plumbers have to perform, and some of the physical demands they involve:

  • Read blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine layout of plumbing system, water supply network and waste and drainage systems
  • Install, repair and maintain domestic, commercial or industrial plumbing fixtures and systems
  • Locate and mark positions for pipe connections, passage holes and fixtures in walls and floors
  • Cut opening in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings
  • Measure, cut, bend and thread pipes using hand and power tools or machines
  • Join pipes using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement or soldering, brazing and welding equipment
  • Test pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges
  • May prepare cost estimates.

Physical demands Help - Physical Demands

  • Standing
  • Handling material manually
  • Bending or twisting the body
  • Making repetitive motions
  • Walking and running

Workplaces and employers

Here are the typical workplaces where Plumbers are employed and some of their main characteristics:

  • Maintenance departments of factories, plants and similar establishments
  • Plumbing contractors
  • Self-employed

Work environment Help - Physical Work Environment

  • Dangerous chemical substances
  • Hazardous equipment, machinery, tools
  • Skin injury
  • Standard safety equipment
  • Indoors, environmentally controlled
  • Outside, exposed to weather
  • High places
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Hazardous conditions
  • Indoors, not environmentally controlled

Physical proximity from others Help - Physical proximity from others

  • Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Related job titles

Here are some other related job titles that are found in the same occupational category (NOC 72300), and a list of similar occupations:

  • maintenance plumber
  • plumber
  • plumber apprentice
  • plumbing mechanic

Similar occupations Help - Similar occupations

Sources Occupational and Skills Information System & National Occupational Classification

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