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The Different Options For A Career In Plumbing

October 12th, 2021

Plumbing installing bathroom water supply components An education in plumbing opens the door to a wide range of career paths, giving you the chance to find a stable, lucrative job that fits your interests. At Pennco Tech’s campus in Bristol, PA, our Plumbing and Heating Technology Program teaches the skills you need to graduate as a plumber in just 26 weeks. If you’re considering an education in plumbing, here are a few of the career options you’ll have at your fingertips after enrolling at our Bristol campus.

Maintenance Plumber

In general, maintenance plumbers will be employed to maintain large plumbing systems, such as those found on campuses or within larger facilities. As a maintenance plumber, it is less likely that you will work on smaller plumbing systems, such as those found in individual residences. Depending on the specific area you are maintaining, your role will typically involve the installation, repair, and upkeep of water, gas, or sewer systems.


Like maintenance plumbers, pipefitters will typically work in industrial rather than residential settings. As a pipefitter, your job is to install and maintain pipe systems. These systems may carry acids, gases, or chemicals, and they are often used in settings such as power plants, factories, and even large office buildings. While plumbers generally work with low-pressure pipe systems, pipefitters focus more heavily on high-pressure systems and welding.


If a pipefitter career sounds interesting to you, but you’d prefer to be more specialized, working as a steamfitter might be the right fit. Steamfitters work on the same types of projects as pipefitters, but they focus on the gases or liquids flowing through the pipes. Because these pipe systems are high pressure, they require special attention to ensure they function safely and efficiently at all times.

As a steamfitter, responsibilities may range from planning the piping system’s layout to building and securely installing the pipes, as well as performing system inspections.

Sprinkler Fitter

As with most careers in plumbing, sprinkler fitting plays an important role in maintaining public health and safety. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this career is expected to experience significant growth as building codes are updated to require fire suppression systems.

Working as a sprinkler fitter, you will install, repair, and replace sprinkler systems. Your duties may also include welding sprinkler pipes and fittings, as well as regularly testing sprinkler systems. Sprinkler fitters may take on a public role, teaching others about the vital role sprinklers play in fire safety.

Begin Your Plumbing Career at Pennco Tech’s PA Campus

Plumbers are always needed regardless of what’s happening economically, making this a stable career choice. At Pennco Tech, our Plumbing and Heating Technology Program is designed to set you up for success no matter what type of plumbing career you want to pursue. Contact us today to learn more about enrolling at our campus in Bristol, PA.

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Anthony Z. - Air Conditioning/Heating Graduate

I enjoyed all my teachers. They made it interesting and challenging. I enjoyed going back to school at the age of 48! Career Services was a big help to me. Danielle was great. She helped me with my resume and showed me how to apply. I got the job with Dietz and Watson! Pennco Tech was the right choice for me as I get ready to start my career.

Mark E. - Electrician Graduate

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