A journeyman plumber is a trained plumber who has completed their apprenticeship under a master plumber. They are fully knowledgeable in the skills needed to be a plumber, and they have a working knowledge and application of the skills required to work as a plumber.
A journeyman plumber works underneath the guidance of a master plumber to perform duties such as installation, repair, and maintenance related to plumbing. A journeyman plumber is typically not qualified or ready to own their own business and manage employees; while they are considered fully trained, their level of skill is considered intermediate. Journeyman plumbers can expect to work a wide array of hours and days. As a journeyman plumber, they may be expected to accommodate the master plumber by attending to service calls that are late at night or on the weekends.
A journeyman plumber may work independently when their skill level permits, but do not have employees or apprentice other plumbers until they reach the master plumber level.
To become a journeyman plumber, it is expected that individuals have some experience in residential or commercial plumbing work. It is often required for journeyman plumbers to have access to their own set of tools required for the trade work.
Journeyman Plumber Tasks
- Interpret blueprints and architectural diagrams to correctly position and access systems and assess fit to code.
- Troubleshoot and diagnose problems, including interactions between waste, gas, and water systems.
- Assemble, weld, bend, thread, and adjust pipes, tubes, valves, and fittings.
- Install and maintain water systems under the guidance of a master plumber.
- Evaluate site and customer requests to create estimates for time and materials.