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Plumbers install, repair and maintain pipes, fixtures and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and waste water disposal in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. They are employed in maintenance departments of factories, plants and similar establishments, by plumbing contractors, or they may be self-employed.
- Read blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine layout of plumbing system, water supply network and waste and drainage systems
- Install, repair and maintain domestic, commercial or industrial plumbing fixtures and systems
- Locate and mark positions for pipe connections, passage holes and fixtures in walls and floors
- Cut opening in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings
- Measure, cut, bend and thread pipes using hand and power tools or machines
- Join pipes using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement or soldering, brazing and welding equipment
- Test pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges
- May prepare cost estimates.
Québec, Beauport, Charlesbourg, Donnacona, Saint-Raymond, Baie-Saint-Paul, Beaupré, Cap-Rouge, Château-Richer, Clermont, Donohue, Lac-Saint-Charles, La Malbaie--Pointe-au-Pic, L'Ancienne-Lorette, Loretteville, Pont-Rouge, Portneuf, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Saint-Émile, Val-Bélair, Le Moyne, Plage-Rhéaume, Sainte-Anne-Ouest, Sault-à-la-Puce
Outlook & Prospects for Plumbers in Capitale-Nationale Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Capitale-Nationale region are expected to be fair for this occupation. Job openings will result mainly from numerous replacement needs due to employees retiring and, to a lesser degree, from a slight increase in the employment rate.
According to the 2006 Census data, the majority of plumbers work in the construction industry, particularly for speciality trade contractors, general building contractors or companies specializing in civil engineering or utility system construction.
In the last few years, the construction industry has been bolstered by new housing starts, a substantial increase in spending on home improvements and more recently by increased spending on commercial and institutional construction spending. Between 2012 and 2014, the construction industry is expected to remain strong in the Capitale-Nationale region; however, since the level of activity is already very high, employment growth will be weaker than in recent years.
The employment outlook for plumbers is good. Despite a sizeable increase in the number of plumbing training program graduates in recent years, the placement rate has never dropped below 77%. According to the Relance survey of the Quebec Department of Education, Recreation and Sport, the number of graduates of plumbing training programs rose by over 52% between 2004 and 2011, from 374 to 570. These statistics indicate that, despite an increase in the number of registrants in this training program, the thriving Quebec construction industry creates a satisfactory balance between the supply and demand for plumbers in the labour market.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Jul 16 – Jul 20, 2012
- A "gift" of $30M for the sports complex in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures (available in French only)
Week of Jul 02 – Jul 06, 2012
- Provincial government announces funding for Coop Purdel to install two storage silos (available in French only)
Week of Jun 11 – Jun 15, 2012
- The launch of phase 1 of the Estimauville eco-neighbourhood in Québec City is set for spring 2013 (available in French only)
Week of May 28 – Jun 01, 2012
- Project Nodélo, an eco-neighborhood in Québec City, is taking shape (available in French only)
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