Master plumbers are highly experienced and skilled plumbers; in some states, this position requires licensing to provide proof of their experience. They are often the first plumber to arrive at a job site to inspect the customer's problems and develop a plan with the customer. They then inform their crew of the situation and delegate tasks to them. A master plumber often reserves the most difficult tasks either for themselves or as an opportunity to teach apprentice plumbers. It is the master plumber's job to ensure that all work is carried out quickly and efficiently and to ensure a quick remedy to a customer's situation.
Master plumbers must take the time to teach apprentice plumbers new skills and ensure that they are learning and performing well on site.
A master plumber may need to be on call 24 hours a day for plumbing emergencies. Most jobs are done on an emergency basis, though jobs on new construction of planned remodeling may occur. The master plumber generally works during regular business hours, though some companies offer varying times to meet customers' needs. The jobs are carried out in client homes or commercial buildings, though some outdoor work may be necessary.
There are two paths to becoming a master plumber. One involves attending a local trade school and then working in plumber positions with progressive responsibility; the other involves starting as an apprentice and working their way up.
Master Plumber Tasks
Assemble, install, and repair pipes, appliances and fixtures.
Supervise and complete installation of plumbing equipment.
Read and design blueprints.
Complete state licensing requirements.