Plumbing Jobs | How To Find Local Plumber Jobs
Finding plumbing jobs in your area can sometimes be a challenge depending on where you live and where you are willing to work. Obviously, if you are ok with traveling a little farther, you open yourself up to more opportunities. Another factor that should be considered is your level of experience and what type of plumber jobs you are qualified for.
In this article, we’ll break down the best route to take when searching for plumbing jobs given your experience level. This is not a “one size fits all” task as many of you will have varying degrees of expertise and years on the job. However, if you have the drive and determination, you can land a great job in the plumbing field!
What level Plumber Jobs are You Searching For?
The very first thing you need to do is determine what level job you are in search of. Have you completed a plumbing apprenticeship yet? If so, did you just finish or have you been in the field for a couple years already?
These are just few questions you need to ask yourself before you begin your search. Below is a level breakdown.
If you are brand new to the plumbing field, you need to start with a plumber apprenticeship search. Some of the basic requirements before you search for this are relatively simple…
- High School Diploma/GED
- Drivers License
- Aptitude Test
- Take/Pass a drug test
- Personal Interview
Once you’ve completed those requirements, it’s time to search for an apprenticeship in your area. There are a couple of ways that you can do that, which include…
- Contact your local plumber’s union – Normally, you will be paired with a more experienced plumber to get experience as an apprentice. A plus is that many unions conduct their classroom education in-house, so you won’t have to do anything outside of the union when it comes to coursework.
- Contact a private plumbing company – Put together a resume that outlines any plumbing related work you’ve done, and any prior education you have. Visit as many pluming companies as you can and deliver these resumes in person so that they can put a name with a face. You’d be surprised how far this will go with the owner of the company!
For a more complete tutorial, take a look at this article: How to get a plumbing apprenticeship
Post Apprenticeship / Journeyman Level
Once you’ve completed a two to three year apprenticeship program, which should include your classroom education, you are eligible to become a journeyman plumber. This is a certification that needs to be achieved and is not just given to plumbers who’ve completed their apprenticeship.
Once you’ve completed a certain number of hours as a plumber’s apprentice, and finished a number of coursework hours, you become eligible for journeyman certification. This comes in the form of passing an exam.
The exam is made up of a number of plumbing topics that include…
- State, Federal and Local Plumbing Codes
- Various repair questions
- General construction knowledge related to plumbing
For more information, check out this article: How to Become a Journeyman Plumber
If you’ve already passed your Journeyman certification, you should be looking at journeyman level plumber jobs. If not, your search for plumbing jobs should start below the journeyman level, and you should focus on passing the exam and becoming certified.
Master Plumbing Jobs
After you’ve passed the journeyman exam and achieve that certification, you are eligible to sit for the master plumber’s exam. However, this is only after 1 to 5 years of journeyman work. (depending on your state’s rules).
Most master plumbers have a decade of experience or more, which obviously translates to higher pay. But this is not achieved before apprenticeship, passing the journeyman’s exam, working as a journeyman, and then passing the master plumber test.
If you’ve fulfilled all of the above requirements and have master plumber status, your search will be for master plumbers or plumbers with a high level of experience.
Start Your Job Search
Hopefully the information provided above, broken down by experience level, helped you categorize yourself so you know what jobs to look for. From there, you can start to start to look for plumbing jobs that are appropriate for your level of experience.
- Local Job Search – Contact local plumbing companies to inquire about job openings, no matter what level you’re at. Sometimes these are posted internally and not on a website or at the union hall.
- Local Union Hall – Contacting the local union hall to inquire about job openings is another good resource. Many times, plumbing companies will contact them about prospective new hires and may even take your name or have a list to send you.
- Online Job Search – We have a job search on this site you can use that is run through Indeed.com. It is located here: Plumber Job Search
We hope this information above has been helpful! If you’ve use our job search above and found a job or a quality lead, please let us know! We enjoy hearing feedback regarding our reader’s success! Good luck in your search!