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Senior Plumbing / Fire Protection Engineer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: $90000 - $140000 per annum
  • Description My client is a "Full-Service Project Delivery and Program Management Company" who strives to offer their clients a level of quality that is second to...
Plumbing/Fire Protection Engineer Boston
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Boston
  • Salary: $90000 - $120000 per annum
  • Description Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering or Bachelor in Architectural Engineering (Mechanical Systems Focus).  PE required Minimum 10+ years of experience with...
Plumbing / Fire Protection Engineer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: $100000 - $140000 per annum
  • Description General: Plans and conducts work requiring judgment regarding the independent evaluation, selection and substantial adaptation and modification of

Plumbers are responsible for the installation, maintenance, modification, and repair of various plumbing fixtures for water systems and drainage. Plumbers oversee the repair and fitting of sanitation systems such as showers, bathtubs, sinks, and toilets. Plumbers also handle a range of domestic appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters to ensure they operate smoothly and efficiently. Plumbers help to keep businesses and homes running smoothly and safely.
Much of a plumber’s work may be urgent or at short notice, unless it’s for scheduled installation or maintenance. This can be lucrative, however it can mean plumbers frequently work more than 40 to 50 hours per week, and on call on evenings and weekends. As an alternative, plumbing roles with more regular hours include pipe fitting, sprinkler fitting, and pipe laying. These roles require similar skills and qualifications but offer more regular hours. 
A plumber’s routine is varied, and work is available on both residential and commercial sites. Tasks typically include the installation, maintenance and repair of various household systems, such as heating systems (boilers and radiators), sanitation units (sinks, toilets and baths), and various ventilation appliances such as air conditioning. 
Job Specification, Salary, Outlook
Being a plumbing engineer is physically demanding as well as challenging. You will need stamina, strength, and the capability to work in a range of environments - you may be required to repair a small faucet in a plush office restroom or to fix a broken drainage line in an uncomfortable crawl space. This can be a lucrative career for hard-working and skilled engineers. 
Plumbing Engineer job titles

  • Plumber
  • Plumbing Technician
  • Licensed Plumber
  • Master Plumber

So how much money actually do plumbing engineers earn? Well, it depends on a number of factors, but the average salary for plumbing engineers in the United States is $70,187 per annum, with a range of $46,651 - $99,797. Factors that affect the level of salary include job location, technical skills, on-the-job experience, and academic background. Plumbing engineers can expect an average salary of £24,534 per year in the United Kingdom, with a range of £13,317 - £39,615.

Job Description 

 Plumbing engineers work on a range of projects and may be contracted by various construction companies. Plumbers work in factories, homes, businesses, and other places where there are pipes or septic systems. The job may involve overtime, and can be stressful in times of peak demand. Plumbing engineers can be situated on construction sites or in an office, and regular travel is generally required for the role. 

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Installing fittings, pipework, valves, appliances such as water heaters and dishwashers, and fixtures such as toilets and sinks, using power and hand tools
  • Detecting and locating leaks in plumbing fixtures or pipes
  • Maintaining and repairing plumbing systems and pipework
  • Performing complex calculations and planning for large or specialist jobs
  • Preparing work cost estimates and negotiating contracts
  • Reviewing building codes, specifications and blueprints to determine project details and procedures
  • Using specialized equipment, techniques and materials

Key Skills & Qualifications      

The standard academic requirement for plumbing engineers is a bachelor's degree in an engineering field. They should possess strong knowledge of the basics of engineering, and have expertise with tools such as AutoCAD and similar software packages. Employers typically favour candidates with on-the-job experience in addition to academic background and expertise. 

Required job skills

  • Relevant qualifications and plumbing experience
  • Possessing a valid plumbing license
  • Solid working knowledge of heating systems, disposal systems and appliances 
  • Ability to handle specialist equipment and a range of plumbing tools
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Patience and attention to detail
  • Relevant apprenticeship or diploma from a trade school

Job Trends  

 Most experienced plumbers become contractors, and many of them eventually choose to become self-employed. To become a contractor or supervisor, you should have a relevant degree, or years of experience.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects faster than average growth in various plumbing positions over the next ten years. A significant amount of plumbers, steamfitters, pipefitters, and pipe layers are expected to go to retirement over the next decade, and many companies are already reporting a shortage of qualified and experienced applicants in this sector. However, as with other construction roles, employment is sensitive to fluctuations in the economy; workers may experience periods of unemployment when the level of construction falls, while on the other hand, shortages of workers may occur in some areas during peak periods of construction activity.

Overall job opportunities are good, and skilled plumbing engineers are well-positioned to be in great demand. Those with knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM) may have the best job opportunities as integrated building-planning abilities increase in demand.