$36,926 - $72,592



At a glance

Although plumbing is called one of the "piping trades", it can be highly specialized.

Some plumbers install piping systems in new home construction, in commercial, industrial, and public buildings, or can be experts in retrofitting, repair, and maintenance of existing systems.

Residential plumbing is very different from industrial or commercial work.

Typical construction job:

Plumbers do the "roughing in" after the frame and roof of a new building are in place. They return to the site after the plasterers or drywallers, tilesetters, and floorcovering installers have completed their work to do the "finishing" work such as installing sinks, tubs, and toilets.

Commercial worksite

Plumbers might install restaurant kitchens and dishwashing stations, sewage treatment plants, or a public water system. They might work with hydronic, heating/cooling, natural and liquefied petroleum gas systems, or install private sewage disposal, pumps, and specialty piping.

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Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Construction companies/contractors
  • Heating and plumbing companies/contractors,
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Maintenance departments of plants, factories, governments and schools
  • Self employed

Other conditions: seasonal, irregular hours

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then Plumber may be the career for you!

  • Do you have strong mathematical skills?
  • Do you like to work with customers?
  • Are you looking to work in a solid occupation where you can "think with your hands"?
  • Can you work in cramped and awkward spaces?
  • Do you like working alone on projects that require patience?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journey persons for a Plumber.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$65,333 - $72,592

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage RateJanuary 1, 2017



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit


Program Length (Minimum Years)

5 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours L3: 1, 800 hours

L4: 1, 800 hours L5: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 10 weeks Y2: 9 weeks Y3: 8 weeks Y4: 8 weeks

Y5: 10 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

7.5 years

Minimum hours experience required

13, 500 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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