Master plumbers install and repair various commercial and residential plumbing systems. The title of master plumber is specially given to those who successfully pass the licensing exam issued by the state. Common residential jobs for master plumbers include installing water heaters, repairing faucets and toilets, sewer machine service, gas line service work, and water service line installation. Some master plumbers work in the public sector in wastewater treatment plants or other municipal water systems. Some master plumbers choose a specialty such as pipe installation or pressurized water systems. Working hours can range from full-time on a construction site to whatever works for the client's schedule.
Indoor plumbing is a necessity in our lives, so master plumbers are vital to society. Master plumbers sometimes work with the construction of new buildings, ensuring that the new pipe systems are functional. Master plumbers need to be knowledgeable about the local building codes to make sure that their work, both new and old, conforms to local standards and regulations. An eye for detail is valued, especially when performing final inspections for quality.
The first step in becoming a master plumber is to earn an associate's degree from a community college and/or complete a training program at a vocational school. Many plumbers work as apprentices under experienced plumbers in order to gain firsthand work experience. With more experience, they can move on to independent plumbing work. The title of master plumber is bestowed when the plumber passes a licensing exam issued by the state in which they work.