Not many of us give a lot of thought to what plumbers do until we have water running across the floor or leaking profusely through the ceiling. Even then, we aren't particularly curious as to their profession. All we care about is getting the leak stopped before it causes anymore damage.
Anyone in this profession is often overlooked when they should be given a lot of credit for the jobs they perform. Unplugging drains and faucet repair is not all that this profession is about. Installing plumbing in new facilities requires the ability of reading blueprints. The remodeling of older buildings often requires even more expertise, as old plumbing has to be taken out and new installed when the original layout is less than a perfect situation to work with. Pipes are often within walls or holes have to be drilled in studs to allow piping to be installed so even a basic knowledge of carpentry is required.
Certain fields of specialty are available within this field. Other areas of expertise would be pipefitters, steamfitters, and pipelayers. A steamfitters position can be one involving a certain amount of danger. They work with very high pressure of gas and liquid as it moves through the system. Explosions have been known to happen under the very best of circumstances.
A pipelayer will set up and do the installing for systems that need piping. He, and yes even she, will work with underground fittings where pipes lay. These trenches have to be graded to make for the flow of water and/or waste disposal efficient. Welding, gluing and setting the pipes together are all part of the task.
The installation and maintenance of piping systems that are used to generate electricity are handled by a pipefitter. An example of the work they perform would be heating and cooling systems. These specialist will work within a residential or commercial atmosphere. If water has to enter a facility, leave a facility, along with the proper maintenance of the waste disposal process, their knowledge is essential. Even some appliances need water lines installed such as dishwashers and refrigerator ice makers.
There are a number of steps involved in becoming a plumber. You definitely have to be a high school graduate to qualify for admission to a two year community college or vocational program. Upon graduation you will be required to work with an accredited plumber which will give you hands on experience in your chosen field. These are mandatory requirements if you wish to become licensed which will allow you to work on your own. Some states require a two yer apprenticeship be finished before you can even apply for licensing.
On any construction site, one of the highest demanded trades are plumbers and their related fields. The demand increases for those that are especially well trained. A present growth rate of ten percent is expected to continue through 2016. An hourly wage of $23.00 per hour was the going rate as of May 2007 and I would not be surprised if that has grown even higher already. Finding yourself in the top ten percent of your field will get you an annual salary in the area of $75,000.00. The lowest yearly rate is would be approximately $26,000.00 and that is often considered starting pay.
If it should become necessary for you to have to make an emergency call to a plumber, especially when not during normal working hours, the rate per hour can be quite costly. Now that you have an understanding of exactly what this trade entails, you may be a bit more receptive of the amount of knowledge they require to do their job well.