Plumber Resume Sample and Writing Tips

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Plumbers work in both commercial and residential settings to repair, install, and maintain plumbing fixtures and systems for drainage, heating, drinking, venting, and sewage. A large part of the job involves the ability to work with building blueprints to assess layouts of plumbing systems and the water supply. "Wet only plumbers" handle piping systems in bathrooms and radiators. "Gas only plumbers" focus on industrial work.

While plumbers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, there are basic skills that apply to all jobs. Here are some to highlight on your resume.

Plumbing Responsibilities 

  • Determine what type of plumbing and drainage systems need to be designed
  • Review blueprints to determine the type of materials needed to install plumbing systems
  • Choose the pipes and other fixtures according to the building blueprint specifications
  • Select the materials to install in ​the plumbing system
  • Install plumbing and drainage systems to meet clients’ specifications
  • Test plumbing system performance and makes changes as needed to achieve proper working order
  • Install fittings and valves
  • Install sinks, tubs, toilets and water heaters
  • Prepare budgets covering supplies, equipment, and tools
  • Perform maintenance on fixtures and pipes as needed
  • Perform diagnostic tests and repair faulty systems
  • Repair leaks and test pipe systems

Plumbing Skills to Feature on a Resume

  • Demonstrated track record troubleshooting complex plumbing systems
  • Background working with a range of pipe materials and fittings
  • Top level knowledge in assembling, modifying, and fixing plumbing systems
  • Sound abilities in installing pipes fixtures for water, heat, and drainage systems
  • Extensive knowledge of trade practices and plumbing codes
  • Familiarity with both industrial and commercial plumbing protocols
  • Able to estimate materials, equipment costs, and labor time
  • Able to perform hydrostatic and pressure tests to locate leakages
  • Efficient execution of plumbing orders using blueprints and drawings
  • Adept at utilizing and maintaining plumbing tools and equipment
  • Proficient with safely making holes in walls and ceilings to access piping
  • Skilled in measuring and cutting different size pipes
  • Works well independently and without supervision
  • Organizes and maintains efficient and accurate records and daily activity reports

Sample Plumber Resume

Jack Jones
8072 Skyview Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19108
(111)111-1111
jjones@email.com

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

Highly skilled Plumber with 6 years’ experience in both industrial and commercial plumbing. Demonstrated track record troubleshooting complex plumbing systems, estimating and controlling project costs, and ensuring compliance with all trade practices and plumbing codes. 

EXPERIENCE

Astimore Plumbing Supply and Service, Philadelphia, PA 
Plumber, June 2013 - Present

Assemble, install and repair pipes, fittings and fixtures of heating, water and drainage systems. Install and repair plumbing fixtures such as sinks, bathtubs, water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposal units, and dishwashers.

  • Worked effectively with the construction department to plan plumbing necessities for new buildings, including studying blueprints and developing logical plans for installation.
  • Assisted with training of plumber apprentices.

Sarasota Plumbing, Philadelphia, PA
Plumber Assistant / Apprentice, June 2012 - June 2013

Repaired basic home plumbing issues such as clogs and leaks. Assisted plumber with piping, sewage, and installation of new home appliances.

  • Earned NCCER Certification and advanced Certification in Plumbing Design

EDUCATION

Plumber Apprentice Program
Penn Foster; Scranton, PA
- Successful completion of program
- Plumber license

Scranton High School
Scranton, PA
- Varsity basketball team
- Captain, debate team

Outlook for Plumber Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, career prospects are bright for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

The 2017 median pay for individuals in these roles was $52,590 per year ($25.28 per hour), and the number of available jobs is expected to increase by 16% by 2026.

To maximize your chances for employment, it’s a good idea to earn both core and advanced certifications. The most common national certifications include NCCER Certification (National Center for Construction Education and Research), Journey Level Pipefitter-Steamfitter and UPC Journeyman Plumber (National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation), Certification in Plumbing Design (American Society of Plumbing Engineers), Plumbing Plans Examiner (International Code Council), Fluid Power Connector and Conductor (International Fluid Power Society), and STAR Plumber Mastery and STAR Steamfitting-Pipefitting Mastery (National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation).

Experienced plumbers can also earn the following certifications to become inspectors: Commercial Plumbing Inspector, Plumbing Plans Examiner, Residential Combination Inspector, and Residential Plumbing Inspector (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials).