In building services related to construction or maintenance, it is common to find a plumbing foreman employed. This person generally supervises all employees and the work performed in plumbing functions, including issues concerning water delivery, drains, waste water elimination, fire-prevention sprinkler systems, and landscaping sprinkler systems. The foreman will typically work to offer some input on plumbing plans being developed and then handle implementation and maintenance of these systems.
In his or her supervisory role, the plumbing foreman will typically help explain jobs and delegate responsibilities to one or more plumbers on the construction or maintenance team. The foreman will then typically actively participate in the completion of these jobs while supervising the work of any smaller teams under his or her supervision. The plumbing foreman will see to it that the plumbing jobs performed conform to design and code specifications and communicates any problems immediately to the construction or building manager.The plumbing foreman also will be expected to inspect all completed work, including pressure tests, run-off tests, and similar assessments of water delivery or removal. The plumbing foreman also helps diagnose and troubleshoot any problems or necessary repairs and helps to work up cost estimates for repair or redesign. The plumbing foreman, as a supervisor, may be given at least some responsibility in the hiring decision for plumbers on his or her team as well.
To work as a plumbing foreman, a person must typically be a qualified journeyman plumber, usually requiring post-secondary technical or vocational school training and certification. Additionally, most employers will only consider applicants for this job who possess many years of practical experience and some sort of supervisory work. Plumbing foremen typically work during construction hours, which is daytime work during the week. However, some jobs and repairs may require irregular hours and weekends as well.
Plumbing Foreman Tasks
Assemble pipe sections, tubings, and fittings.
Observe pressure gauges to detect and repair and leaks.
Install pipe assemblies, appliances such as dishwashers, and fixtures such as sinks or toilets.