A plumber’s work directly affects the health and safety of the entire nation. Their scope of work is what keeps our homes, towns and cities healthy. Plumbers help eliminate water & sanitation-related illnesses by providing safe, clean drinking water, and equip healthcare centres with medical gas supply. Plumbers provide our lifelines.

You like working outdoors and at heights.

You have strong problem-solving capabilities.

You have good eye-hand coordination.


  • Install, repair and maintain plumbing fixtures & systems
  • Use a variety of tools & work with multiple types of materials
  • Braze, solder and use heavy equipment
  • Interpret drawings and review codes & specifications
  • Inspect and diagnose various problems with piping systems
  • Locate and mark positions for fixtures & pipe connections
  • Cut openings to accommodate pipes & fittings

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills
  • Reading and numeracy skills
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints
  • Ability to work in confined spaces
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Experience using precision tools & machinery

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Academic requirements for entry into this trade are not related to high school grade level. If you don’t have Grade 12, contact Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission to have your academic qualifications assessed.

Apprenticeship Program:
Approximately 4-5 years, includes Safety, UA Local Apprenticeship and Provincial Apprenticeship training, as well as technical and on-the-job training, and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.

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Hourly Pay

Contact the local union for more information on hourly pay, benefits, pensions and more.

Projected Retirement

8,700 + 
Projected construction worker retirements in the next decade

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Albert Einstein said if he could do it all again, he would be a plumber.