Plumbers Clean Up

Plumbers might have a dirty job, but in the end they clean up - pay wise that is. Plumbers with training can earn a very good living, and those who go to specialized plumber training programs will earn the most.

Bad smells are all in a day's work for Black Diamond Plumbing & Electric, Vice President Scott Underwood said. The odors that come from pipes, blown fuse boxes, and old ventilation systems are not going to make their way into aromatherapy candles anytime soon.

Plumbing smells like, well, plumbing. But Underwood said it was the amperes, not the aroma, that dominate his concerns doing electrical work. On one recent job replacing a blown box at a nearby manufacturer, Underwood's arms were jet black with insulation and grime.

"Electrical work is more dangerous than it is dirty, but it can be dirty, though," Underwood said.

Underwood said that work on ventilation systems such as squirrel cage fans and blower motors can be black with soot. But nothing, he said, comes close to the smell of plumbing and sewer work. When workers leave the site when the job is done, the smell follows.

"You put your tools in the back of the truck on a 90-degree day, that's bad," Underwood said.

Plumbing degrees offer student the availability to learn to become a professional Plumber. Students learn to interpret construction drawings and specifications, assemble, install, test, and maintain plumbing systems, as well as maintain and repair water heating systems.

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