Red Seal & Compulsory Certified

Plumbers install, remodel and maintain systems that carry water, steam, air and other liquids or gases necessary for sanitation, industrial production, heating, air conditioning and many other systems. Because they work in all kinds of industries, there are nearly endless work opportunities.

You are mechanically inclined.

You have good physical fitness.

You can interpret drawings and blueprints.


  • Read blueprints and drawings for plumbing system layouts, water supply networks and waste and drainage systems.
  • Determine piping system requirements and pipe sizing.
  • Measure, cut, thread and bend pipes to required shape and size.
  • Cut openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings.
  • Join pipes using clamps, bolts, cement or soldering, brazing and welding equipment.
  • Test pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication, reading and numeracy and problem-solving.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints.
  • Ability to work in high places.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Experience using precision tools & machinery.

Entering the Trade

  • Is there a training pathway for this trade?: Yes
  • Number of Levels: 4
  • Total Required Apprenticeship Hours: 7,200
  • Total Hours Required to Challenge Exam as a Trade Qualifier: 10,800

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Hourly Pay

$38.36 – $42.17/hr

*Based on 2023 collective agreement Journeyperson hourly rate

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~6,500 by 2032*

*BuildForce Canada 10-Year Workforce Outlook for NB

Did You Know?

Albert Einstein said if he could do it all again, he would be a plumber.