Plumber’s helpers assist plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters or pipelayers by performing duties requiring less skill. Their duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools and cleaning work area and equipment. Helpers measure, cut, thread and assemble new pipe, cut or drill holes in walls or floors to accommodate the passage of pipes, repair and replace fixtures and water heaters, locate, repair or remove leaking or broken pipes, and assist pipe fitters in the layout, assembly, and installation of piping for air, ammonia, gas and water systems.
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Plumber’s helpers work in factories, homes, businesses and wherever else there are pipes or septic systems. They often must lift heavy materials, climb ladders and work in tight spaces. Some plumber’s helpers travel to a variety of work sites every day. They may have to work outdoors, even in bad weather.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of plumber’s helpers is expected to grow by 29 percent or more between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
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