The position of an apprentice plumber is, as the name suggests, an apprenticeship, which means that these individuals are learning necessary skills alongside those who are skilled and trained as professional plumbers.
Apprentice plumbers assist with all regular duties of the job, and their supervisors will take the time to teach them and pass on valuable information. Generally, apprentices are responsible for things like bringing tools to a job site, supplying materials, cleaning up, and other duties which make their co-workers' jobs easier in exchange for the education and training they receive.
Apprentice plumbers learn a range of new skills and are provided opportunities to apply them under the watchful eyes of other plumbers. Supervisors watch and critique apprentices' work and offer advice and ways to improve; as the apprentices improve, they are given more and more tasks and learn new skills such as how to replace pipes, change fittings, identify and locate leaks, and so on.
Apprentice plumbers work on the schedules of their supervisors and usually begin in the morning, but some plumbers offer 24-hour services, so schedules and shifts vary. Their work may be performed in a variety of locations, including clients' homes, businesses, and other locations in need of plumbing services. They may visit multiple locations in a day, and some calls will be on an emergency basis while others will have been planned for some time. They may work both indoors and outdoors, which may require digging and other physical labor beyond plumbing, including working in tight spaces and basements.
A plumbing apprenticeship will teach the necessary skills to become a professional plumber. Many apprenticeships are scheduled to finish in one year, while others take more or less time.
Apprentice Plumber Tasks
Install a variety of water heaters and filters.
Replace trenchless sewers, drain recipes, and install shower valves.