Plumbers install, remodel and maintain systems that carry water, steam, air and other liquids or gases necessary for sanitation, industrial production, heating, air conditioning and many other systems. Because they work in all kinds of industries, there are nearly endless work opportunities.

You are mechanically inclined.

You have good physical fitness.

You can interpret drawings and blueprints.


  • Read blueprints and drawings for plumbing system layouts, water supply networks and waste and drainage systems
  • Determine piping system requirements and pipe sizing
  • Measure, cut, thread and bend pipes to required shape and size
  • Cut openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings
  • Join pipes using clamps, bolts, cement or soldering, brazing and welding equipment
  • Test pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication, reading and numeracy and problem-solving
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints
  • Ability to work in high places
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Experience using precision tools & machinery

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Usually a combination of 5+ years of construction experience, plus high school, college or industry courses in plumbing to be eligible for certification.

Apprenticeship Program:

4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.

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Hourly Pay

$22 – $40/hr

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Albert Einstein said if he could do it all again, he would be a plumber.