What Are The Skills Of A Plumber?

by | Oct 10, 2014 | Plumbing

Regardless of where you live, if you need a plumber in California or in Florida or anywhere in between, there is no doubt your problem are the same and the solutions are the same. The solution of course is a plumber. There are simple jobs that can be done by the handyman, things like a plugged drain that can be relieved with a plunger or replacing the washer in a faucet, but for anything more complex, it really is suggested that an Estero plumber be called in. The plumber not only has the skills to fix the problem, he has the knowledge to determine what the problem is in the first place and the proper tools to get the job done.

Becoming a master plumber in Estero, is a long process. The stages are apprenticeship, journeyman and finally master. A master plumber will be licensed by the state in which he resides and works. The skills needed by a plumber, not only during his training, but for the duration of his career are:

* Reading: a plumber is expected to know a great deal about plumbing codes, installation procedures for various systems, health and safety awareness and suppliers data. The science of water is also important as water with different properties has different effects on materials used.

* Use of documents: The ability to maintain daily notes and logs on the job progress, the study and understanding of drawings to find municipal connections for water sources and to identify and find existing piping and sewage installations.

  * Numeracy: is important. The gauges and manufacturers standards and instructions must be followed, measuring and locating pipe connection positions, job estimates, adjusting work schedules, preparing daily work orders and invoices and calculating angles based on the pipe fitting being used.

* Writing: making lists of components required for the job, maintain a daily log of hours worked, tasks completed and problem reports and write up incident reports in the event of a job site incident.

* Oral communication: to talk to suppliers, communicate with other trades on a major site, communicate with the boss to receive assignments and talking to customers are all demands that the plumber must meet.

* Working with others: an Estero plumber will be called upon to participate in discussions about work processes; demonstrate tasks to other workers, co-ordinate tasks on a multi-discipline work site and co-ordinate with customers.

Continuous learning is very important as is computer skills. In the trade there are always new materials, components and processes that the serious master Estero plumber and his apprentices and journeymen will have to stay abreast of. It is a dynamic trade and to stay current is to stay employed.

It takes a number of years for an Estero plumber to learn his trade, working alongside others until he is capable of sitting an exam and getting his license.

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