Exploring Career Paths with Combined Plumber + Gas Technician Training

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When taking the steps to transition back to school, it’s sometimes helpful to take a look at the bigger picture. You may be interested in becoming a plumber, for example, but what kind of career paths are there out there for recent graduates? If you’re interested in industrial piping systems, becoming a gas tech also has a few exciting career options to offer.

By combining plumber and gas technician training, you not only double the size of your skill set, you also open yourself up to many more employment opportunities. Let’s take a look at just a few of the career paths that you can explore after completing a combined plumber and gas technician pre-apprenticeship program.


Pipefitters typically work in industrial and power plants, and are responsible for installing and maintaining pipe systems used for industrial purposes. In these environments, pipes are generally used for high-pressure liquids or gasses that generate power for manufacturing or other purposes. With your combined training, you could also work as a pipefitter who handles large-scale industrial heating or cooling systems.

Pipefitters are responsible for installing and maintaining pipe systems used for industrial purposes

Residential/Commercial Plumber

Residential and commercial plumbers install, connect, and maintain pipe systems in homes and businesses. With you training you could work in both homes and businesses, or specialize in doing just one or the other. There’s also plenty of room to start your own plumbing business in either sector. Your training will show you how to read blueprints to get a clear idea of where a building’s piping system needs to be run, as well as any installation and repair techniques that you’ll need to get started.

Along with performing standard pipe system work, you’ll also install fixtures that use water, such as showerheads, sinks, bathtubs, and dishwashers.

Gas Technician

As a gas technician, you’d be performing gas line installations in homes, businesses, and industrial settings. Gas techs typically work for a gas company and have a wide variety of tasks that range from checking gas gauges and controls in residences,  to doing installations, repair, and maintenance on equipment that is powered by gas. This includes ranges, boilers, water heaters, and more. Your combined training will teach you how to identify and handle gas leaks, replace and repair parts of several types of gas systems, as well documentation procedures for the tasks you’ll perform throughout your career.

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