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Job Duties and Tasks:

 

  • Assemble pipe sections, tubing and fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing and welding equipment.

  • Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks.

  • Review blueprints and building codes and specifications to determine work details and procedures.

  • Prepare written work cost estimates and negotiate contracts.

  • Study building plans and inspect structures to assess material and equipment needs to establish the sequence of pipe installations and to plan installation around obstructions such as electrical wiring.

  • Keep records of assignments and produce detailed work reports.

  • Perform complex calculations and planning for special or very large jobs.

  • Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes and fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers and levels.

  • Measure, cut, thread and bend pipe to required angle using hand and power tools or machines such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines and pipe-bending machines.

  • Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters and fixtures such as sinks and toilets using hand and power tools.

  • Cut openings in structures to accommodate pipes and pipe fittings using hand and power tools.

  • Hang steel supports from ceiling joists to hold pipes in place.

  • Repair and maintain plumbing, replacing defective washers, replacing or mending broken pipes, and opening clogged drains.

  • Direct workers engaged in pipe cutting and pre-assembly and installation of plumbing systems and components.

  • Install underground storm, sanitary and water piping systems and extend piping to connect fixtures and plumbing to these systems.

  • Clear away debris in a renovation.

  • Install oxygen and medical gas in hospitals.

  • Use specialized techniques, equipment, or materials, such as performing computer-assisted welding of small pipes or working with the special piping used in microchip fabrication.

 

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