What does the average day look like?
Plumbers must know how to design, repair, install and maintain piping systems such as waste, vent, soil, potable water, wastewater treatment, gas systems (propane, medical, and natural) in commercial, industrial, residential, buildings and at utility sites. The career entails installing and maintaining pipes, fixtures, appurtenances, fittings, heating appliances, storm, water, and sanitary drainage systems according to plumbing codes and specifications. In addition to the above, plumbers install sanitary fixtures such as toilets, bathtubs, bathroom accessories, kitchen sinks and appliances, lavatories, showers, drinking fountains and laundry equipment.
Some Working Conditions
Experts in the field can perform their plumbing works indoors or outdoors in new or existing constructed buildings, in all weather conditions. Plumbers are expected to have enough strength, as the work requires stamina and physical strength with prolonged bending, standing and lifting of equipment and heavy pipes and working in awkward, cramped or uncomfortable positions. They must also be trained in safety practices to prevent the risk of dangers with cuts from sharp tools, falls from ladders, and burns from soldering equipment or hot pipes.
In addition, pthose who are skilled must be able to work from heights of above 50 ft to working below ground, confined areas and in trenches. Being able to work in a variety of environments is must (time of the day, weather and work sites), have awareness of surroundings and responsibilities, have mechanical abilities, and be able to tolerate repetitive motion in handling and reaching with the ability to balance, stoop, bend, climb, kneel and crouch on a repetitive basis. Lastly, plumbers must be able to travel and have the ability to work as required by the client (both day and night).
What are the Application Requirements?
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Physically able to perform trade work
- Valid driver’s license or reliable transportation
- Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
The Structure of Wisconsin Plumbing
- 5-year training program
- 500 hours paid related instruction
- 8,000 hours on-the-job training
- 260 hours of unpaid related instruction
Plumbers must complete CPR, Red Cross First Aid, and OSHA Safety Training Courses during the first year. These certificates must be current all through the training program. At the end of the training, the trainee must have completed his/her Transition-To-Trainer Course.
Below are some of the skills Wisconsin plumbers’ posses:
Customer and Personal Service – Plumbers must possess knowledge of principles and processes for providing personal and customer services. This includes meeting quality standards for services; customer needs assessment and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Designs – Plumbers must be able to read and learn blueprints/diagrams and technical manuals.
Building and Construction – Plumbers must have the basic knowledge of machines and tools, in addition to chemical composition, properties and structure of substances and their chemical processes and transformations. This includes chemical production techniques, danger signs, uses of chemicals and their interactions, and disposal methods.
Computers – Must have basic computer knowledge and their use.
Active Listening – Must be able to listen well to understand what other people are saying, understanding the points they are trying to point out and asking appropriate questions and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Problem Solving – Must be able to use his/her initiative to determine the causes of operating errors with an immediate solution. Identifying complex problems and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Time Management – Must be able to manage his/her own time and that of his/her client. Plumbers should also possess good personal organizational skills.
Mathematics – Using mathematics, like counting, basic addition, subtraction, measuring, multiplication and division, calculate percentages, ratios, and dimensions with and without the use of a calculator.
Analytical Thinking – Plumbing requires the use of analyzing information and using logic to address work-related problems. When you analyze information and evaluate the results, you will be able to come out with the best solution and solve problems.
Stress Tolerance – Plumbing requires accepting criticism and constructive criticism.
Dependability – Job requires being responsible, reliable, and dependable and fulfilling obligations on time and accurately. Plumbing also requires a readiness to take on challenges and responsibilities.
Performing General Physical Activities – Plumbers should always be performing physical activities that require the use of arms and legs while moving your whole body both in confined spaces and at heights such as lifting, balancing, walking, climbing, stooping, and the effective handling of materials for moderate to heavy lifting.
The Standard Process of Becoming a Wisconsin Plumber
- Get your high school diploma or GED – This is because a plumber needs to have a strong foundation in math, science, and computers in addition to drafting and blueprint reading.
- Get your vocational training – You should take plumbing vocational classes at a technical or community college. You will get a certificate in water supply and drainage systems here.
- Complete an apprenticeship program – You need to take part in an apprenticeship program to receive the most comprehensive training. This usually runs for either 4 or 5 years.
- Get licensed – Most states require that you have a plumber’s license number. Although the standards for getting a license is not uniform; 2-5 years working experience in addition to the writing of an exam of the plumbing trades and local codes are usual requirements. You need to understand the licensing needs and training of Wisconsin before you get a license.