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Responsible for installing, repairing, and maintaining pipes and other plumbing fixtures used in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

Career Details


Students in Advanced Plumbing are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Job safety
  • Sanitary systems and drain-cleaning
  • Roto-Rooter drain-cleaning machines
  • Cables, heads, connectors, and fixtures
  • Sewer and drain diagnoses
  • Customer care
  • Plumbing math, basic electricity, and tools
  • Piping materials and fittings (copper, cast iron, steel)
  • Drain, waste, and vent (DWV) systems and water-distribution systems
  • Sizing, installing, servicing, and testing water-supply piping
  • Water heaters
  • Natural gas piping
  • Installing and servicing drains, fixtures, valves, and faucets
  • Servicing water closets
  • Pumps
  • Backflow preventers
  • Plumbing codes
  • Blueprints and isometric drawings
  • Tests and inspections

Career Options

Program graduates go on to work in a variety of careers including pipe layers, pipe fitters, steamfitters, and plumbers.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete either Job Corps’ basic Facilities Maintenance or Plumbing career technical training program.
  • Be at least 19 years old at the completion of the program.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a positive attendance and progress record.
  • Have a clean criminal record.
  • Have a clean driving record.
  • Have a clean credit report.
  • Have health clearance from the Job Corps center where they received basic training.
  • Complete a successful phone, in-person, or videoconference interview.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

Advanced Plumbing Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Commitment to safety
Communication skills
Following directions

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