Where does the word “plumber” date back to? In Roman times the Roman Empire referred to lead as plumbum, which is Latin. Lead was very common in those times and used for many things such as; roofs, drain pipes, piping and even making baths. In medieval times if you worked with lead you were considered a plumber, which is the shortened version of Plumbarius.
In the present time plumbers do a lot more than just work with lead. They are expected to be able to install, design, maintain and repair piping systems involving heating, cooling, soil, waste, vent, potable water, waste water treatment, gas systems (natural, propane and medical) in residential, commercial, industrial, government buildings and utility sites, basically everywhere. For these above mentioned reasons it is a profession which will never go out of business or be hit by the recession. A plumber’s tasks don’t end there. Other than being required to assemble, install, uphold and fix pipes they also require the ability to mend fittings, fixtures, components, equipment, appliances of cooling, heating, water, storm and sanitary drainage systems. These are all specifications listed under plumbing codes. Plumbers are needed to ensure multiple things in our everyday lives run smoothly such as setting up sanitary fixtures like; latrines, toilets, bathtubs, bathroom accessories, showers, kitchen appliances and sinks, drinking fountains and also laundry equipment.
What type of Education and Qualifications do you need to become a Plumber?
Plumbers, along with pipe layers, pipefitters, and steamfitters comprise one of the largest and highest paid construction occupations. To become a working plumber in Montreal, Quebec you are required to have a plumbing contractor’s license. The vast majority of modern day plumbers have earned a Vocational Studies Diploma. They need to provide proof of passing high school and also a strong background in mathematics, physics and language studies. Plumbers need to be able to calculate basic arithmetic, as well as geometry and statistics, depending on the projects. They are also required to understand movements, atmospheric pressure and other physical processes. Analytical thinking is also essential. Being able to approach, evaluate and solve problems is a critical aspect of a plumber’s job.
What are some of the Work Conditions?
Plumbing is an occupation that can have you working indoors or outdoors, in existing, ruined and newly constructed structures. Plumbers are required to work under all weather conditions; their work requires physical strength and stamina with prolonged standing, bending, lifting heavy pipes and equipment up and down stairs and often working in awkward, cramped and uncomfortable positions. Hand dexterity is also an asset as they need to be able to manipulate different pipes and tools. Plumbers must be able to work from heights reaching 50 feet or higher as well as not have discomfort working in trenches, below ground or other small and confined areas. In addition, if you are truly committed to a career as a plumber, you may endure early mornings, late evenings, and even interruptions in the middle of the night for emergencies as there is a demand for 24 hour plumbers.
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