Advanced Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Technician

Advanced Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Technician

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you like troubleshooting and solving problems? Good at working with your hands and taking initiative? Are you adaptable, dependable and enthusiastic about helping others? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Advanced Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Technician training program. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Install and repair piping fixtures and systems  

  • Prepare cost estimates for clients 

  • Read blueprints and follow state and local building codes   

  • Determine materials and equipment needed for a job 

  • Inspect installed pipe systems and pipelines, troubleshoot malfunctioning systems, and maintain or repair plumbing systems 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Advanced Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Technician graduates go on to work as sewer and drain technicians in factories or for private businesses. Sewer and drain technicians work full time and may respond to emergencies on nights and weekends. Some drain technicians start their own businesses and are self-employed. 

The credentials you will earn ...

This is the first level of Advanced Training offered in the Advanced Plumbing series. In the Advanced Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Technician training program, you will earn industry-recognized credentials from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and construction health and safety certifications from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 


What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 

  • Completion of Job Corps’ basic facilities maintenance or plumbing training program 

  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests   

  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 

  • Complete a successful phone or in-person interview 

  • At least 17 years old 

  • Positive attendance and progress record 

  • Written recommendation from Job Corps center personnel 

  • Health clearance at current center 

  • Strong work ethic and determination to succeed 

* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.