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Also called: Drain Technician, Journeyman Plumber, Master Plumber, Plumber

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Damage Controlman; Hull Maintenance Technician; Utilitiesman; Utilitiesman Basic

What they do:
Assemble, install, or repair pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems, according to specifications or plumbing codes.
On the job, you would:
  • Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding equipment.
  • Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers or water heaters, or fixtures such as sinks or toilets, using hand or power tools.
  • Keep records of work assignments.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Leadership


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Elite Software DPIPE
  • Elite Software FIRE
Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • Intuit Quicken software
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk Building Systems
  • Elite Software Plumbing CAD


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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