List of Skills Plumbers Need to Have
Besides Mechanical Knowledge, What Else Do You Need?
Beyond using a plunger on an overflowing toilet or using some liquid drain cleaner, real plumbing work is not one of the easiest do-it-yourself professions. A call to a plumber is most likely going to be your best bet. And, as long as people continue to have indoor plumbing (the outlook is good), a job as a plumber will always be in demand.
Plumbers repair and install the pipes and drainage systems that are connected to appliances, machines, and water fixtures.
Some plumbers concentrate on residential plumbing, while others focus on commercial. Some focus on installing systems in new construction, while others are adept at repairing existing systems.
Top Skills Needed
When you're applying for jobs, there are certain skills that employers expect applicants for plumbing jobs to have. Here are a few of the top skills needed to succeed as a plumber.
Manual Dexterity and Physical Demand
Working with pipes, usually in tight, confined spaces, requires the strength to hold up pipework, appliances, or toilets, and the ability to hold pipe fittings steady, while having good control of your hands to manipulate small objects. You will need to have good vision to thread fittings, read small gauges and interpret blueprints.
Mechanical Know How
When dealing with water pressure, you need to have an understanding of how plumbing systems work. Training for plumbing jobs is available from trade schools, community colleges, and on the job as an apprentice.
Most states require a plumber to be licensed to practice on your own. Though requirements vary by location, two to five years of experience and successful completion of a test covering trade knowledge and knowledge of local code and regulations is usually necessary before a license will be issued.
Good Problem Solving
Since plumbing problems can sometimes be severe, plumbers should possess the persistence needed to see the job through to a successful conclusion.
Often working alone, you will need to figure out the reason on your own and will need self-motivation to keep yourself on task.
General Skills List for Plumbers
Review the general skills employers seek in the candidates they hire for plumber jobs. Skills will vary based on the position for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.
Also, if you are thinking of a career switch, take a look at all of the skills you have acquired as a plumber. A number of these skills are transferable to other fields.
|Accessing Confined Spaces||Following Safety Protocols||Planning Projects|
|Accuracy||Friendly Demeanor||Plumbing Installations|
|Analytical||Getting Along with Coworkers||Plumbing Repairs|
|Applying Adhesives, Sealants, and Caulk||Hand and Arm Strength||Precision|
|Applying Algebra||Identify Problems||Producing Viable Estimates for Project Costs|
|Applying Geometry||Inspecting Systems Once Installed||Promoting Business|
|Applying Principles of Hydronics||Installing Appliances Like Refrigerators, Dishwashers, Water Softeners and Water Heaters||Purchasing Materials|
|Attention to Detail||Installing Pipe Systems for Gas, Water, Steam and Other Liquids||Reliable|
|Calculating Basic Math||Install Plumbing Systems||Repairing Pipe Systems|
|Choosing the Right Tools for the Job||Installing Sinks and Faucets||Repairing Plumbing Systems|
|Cleaning Sewer Lines||Instructing Customers Regarding Use and Maintenance of Systems||Replacing Defective Parts|
|Collaborating with Other Grade and Construction Workers||Interpreting Blueprints||Resolving Problems with Customers|
|Completing Paperwork to Document Services Rendered||Learning and Complying with Building Codes||Setting Prices for Services|
|Computer||Logical Reasoning||State and Local Plumbing Code|
|Convincing Customers to Invest in New Systems||Maintain Plumbing Systems||Supervising Staff|
|Customer Service||Maintaining Financial Records||Teamwork|
|Decision Making||Manual Dexterity||Tolerating Potentially Dangerous, Noisy or Unpleasant Working Conditions|
|Diagnosing Plumbing and Piping Problems||Mechanical Reasoning||Training Assistants and Apprentices|
|Estimating Types and Amounts of Materials Required for Projects||Negotiating Agreements for Services||Troubleshooting|
|Fixing Leaking and Clogged Lines||Ongoing Learning About New Systems and Materials||Using Soldering Techniques|
|Flexibility||Organizational||Utilizing Tools to Assemble Components|
|Following Directions||Performing Pressure Tests on Pipe Systems||Welding|