Join Bridget Quinn for an in-depth discussion in this video What plumbers do, part of Skilled Trades: Construction Apprenticeship Foundations.
- [Narrator] Plumbers deliver clean water and provide the sanitary removal of wastewater for our homes, businesses, hospitals, and schools. Their work is crucial in the prevention of disease. In fact, the World Health Organization declared plumbers the most important frontline health workers around the globe. - Our industry matters because it's the installation of our systems ensure that, again, that the end user will have a drinking water system that's safe and free of bacteria, that those systems are protected and not cross-contaminated. - Safety is just number one. And we take a step back sometimes to think, is this the safest, smartest way of doing it? If not, then we need to find a way to make it a safer way to do it. - So our industry, United Association Industry is about plumbing, which is all domestic water systems, drinking water, plumbing fixtures, sinks, toilets, all the capturing of rainwater, piping, and now the recirculation of the systems and reusing that water. Steam fitter or pipe fitter deals with, in San Francisco specifically, commercial heating and cooling, largely. So all of the related equipment and piping for, for instance, chilled water piping, heat and hot water piping. Our mechanics learn all of those components that go related to that trade. - Plumbers build piping systems for heating, water, drainage, and medical gas. Some of the things they work on are obvious, such as sinks, water heaters, garbage disposal units, and dish washers. But did you know that they also work in hospitals and industrial settings piping systems for the safe transport of gases? - The basis of everything that we do is co-driven, engineer-driven. Our mechanics will get design drawings and work off of those to build the systems per plumbing code, the mechanical code, all the building standards that are in place to protect the end user and to make sure that it's a functional, mechanical plumbing system. - Without plumbers, we would lack the comfort and sanitation that we are accustomed to. You can thank plumbers any time you cook, brush your teeth, do laundry, or water your garden. And your health depends on plumbers. We have content on LinkedIn Learning that covers the plumbing trade. Check it out for more information.