Plumbers and pipe fitters assemble, install, repair and maintain pipe systems, drains, gutters, ducts and related fittings and fixtures for water, gas, drainage, sewerage, heating, cooling and ventilation systems, and for hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.
Tasks include -
(a) examining blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the layout of plumbing and ventilation systems and materials required;
(b) measuring, cutting, threading, bending, jointing, assembling, installing, maintaining and repairing pipes, fittings and fixtures of drainage, heating, ventilation, water supply and sewerage systems;
(c) installing gas appliances, dishwashers and water heaters, sinks and toilets using hand and power tools;
(d) laying clay, concrete or cast-iron pipes in ditches to form sewers, drains or water mains, or for other purposes;
(e) inspecting, examining and testing installed systems and pipes, using pressure gauge, hydrostatic testing, observation or other methods.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Drain technician
- Gas fitter
- Pipe fitter
- Pipe layer
- Ventilation pipe fitter
Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics - 7127
Installers of metal drains, gutters and ducts are classified in Unit Group 7126: Plumbers and Pipe Fitters. Workers who make sheet metal products for adaptation and installation plumbers are classified in Unit Group 7213: Sheet Metal Workers.