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A plumber is a tradesperson who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for potable (drinking) water, sewage and drainage in plumbing systems.

Career Details


Students in Plumbing are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Assembling, installing, and repairing pipes, fittings, or fixtures according to plumbing codes
  • Measuring, cutting, threading, and bending pipes using hand or power tools
  • Locating and marking the positions of pipes using measuring instruments
  • Following state and local building codes
  • Locating malfunctions in plumbing systems and repairing them so the systems run properly

Career Options

Most Plumbing graduates go to work in factories or for private businesses. Most plumbers work full time, and many may work nights and weekends in order to handle emergencies. Some plumbers are self-employed and work on their own schedules.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

Plumbing Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Problem-solving skills

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