Not all states have the same regulations when it comes to becoming a tradesperson.
This is the case with Wyoming where plumbers need to follow the regulations set by the jurisdiction in which they work.
If you live in this state and want to enter the plumbing industry, we prepared this guide for you, with the steps you need to follow.
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Plumber Job Description and Requirements
Plumers used to work with the sewage system of the city.
The sewage system used to contain lead, and this is where the name of the trade comes from.
These days, these professionals work with almost all the systems that use pipes.
As a plumber, depending on your experience, your duties will include:
- Reading or/and drafting blueprints
- Installing piping systems
- Maintaining them
- Repairing them when needed
- Ensuring the safety standards
- Meeting building regulations
- Using the appropriate devices to measure, cut, or solder
In this state, plumbers can earn the licenses below:
- Apprentice Plumber
- Journeyman Plumber
- Master Plumber
- Plumbing Contractor
Becoming an Apprentice Plumber
Becoming an apprentice is the first step you need to take to become a plumber.
As a general rule, the apprenticeship period is composed of:
- 3 to 5 years of on-the-job training
- 3 to 5 years of formal classroom schooling.
Apprentices work while being supervised by a licensed plumber.
This training period can be completed either by finding an apprentice position directly or by enrolling in a vocational school.
The requirements to enroll will vary from provider to provider, but most commonly they are:
- Age of at least 18
- A driver’s license
- Clean criminal record
- Passing a drug test
- Knowledge of English and math
- Being allowed to work in the US
Becoming a Journeyman Plumber
Journeymen are required to complete apprenticeships that last for 4 or 5 years.
They can work on water and drainage systems within residential and commercial properties.
The Building Safety Department of Wyoming issues these licenses.
- Proof you completed your apprenticeship
- An application form you fill out
- To pay the application fee
- To pay the exam fee -$105
- To score at least 75% on the journeyman exam
The exam has 70 questions and can be taken online, at Pearson Vue or a community college.
You’ll need to know these topics:
- Administrative procedures;
- Drainage systems;
- Faucets, fittings, and fixtures;
- Pipes and pipefitting;
- Sewage systems;
- Trade mathematics;
- Vents and venting
- Water supply and distribution
You’re also allowed to bring a series of items in the exam, such as a magnifying glass, an architects’ scale or rule, the 2015 International Plumbing Code, among others.
Becoming a Master Plumber
Since the plumbing licenses are overseen at the jurisdiction level, there are no set rules of requirements to become a master plumber.
As a rule of thumb, you’ll need to accumulate some experience as a journeyman, then fill out an application and pass an exam.
You might have to provide documentation that proves the experience you accumulated.
Pearson Vue administers the master plumber exam and you can consult your manual.
For the master plumber exam you have to answer 100 questions that cover these topics:
- Plan reading
- Sanitary drainage
- Water supply and distributions
- General regulations
- Traps, interceptors, and separators
- Water heaters
- Storm drainage
For the Master with Gas plumbing exam, you also have 100 questions to answer.
The topics cover:
- Plan and analysis
- Plumbing fundamentals
- Drainage requirements
- Vent requirements
- Traps, cleanouts, and interceptors
- Plumbing fixtures and terminology
- Water distribution
- Special requirements
Becoming a Plumbing Contractor
Those who choose to become a contractor can choose one of these licenses:
- Class A General Contractor – has no limits to the type of work he can perform
- Class B Building Contractor – limited to perform work on properties that are:
- Under 2500 square feet
- One story
- Class R Residential Contractor – limited to perform work on properties that are:
- For single-family dwellings
- Under three stories
Plumber Salary Information
Apprentices are also employees, but their salary is much lower compared to that of licensed plumbers.
In Wyoming, the average salary is $51,232 per year and it can be higher than this in cities like Sheridan, Rock Springs, Evanston, and Casper.Annual Salary Range: Annual Salary by Location:
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When plumbers from other jurisdictions want to work in Wyoming, they need to contact the new jurisdiction to see what are the steps they need to follow.
Each jurisdiction will decide for itself if they accept plumbing licenses issued by other jurisdictions or states.
The renewal of the license depends on each jurisdiction and usually, there’s a fee associated with the process.