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Green Occupation:
47-2152.02 - Plumbers

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green Enhanced Skills occupation — green economy activities and technologies are likely to cause significant change to the work and worker requirements. New tasks, skills, knowledge, credentials may be needed. Employment demand remains the same, but there is potential for an increase.

Plumbers work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Green Construction — This sector covers activities related to constructing new green buildings, retrofitting residential and commercial buildings, and installing other green construction technology.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Calculate costs or savings for water- or energy-efficient appliances or systems.
  • Compile information on governmental incentive programs related to the installation of energy or water saving plumbing systems or devices.
  • Determine sizing requirements for solar hot water heating systems, taking into account factors such as site orientation, load calculations, or storage capacity requirements.
  • Install alternative water sources, such as rainwater harvesting systems or graywater reuse systems.
  • Install green plumbing equipment, such as faucet flow restrictors, dual-flush or pressure-assisted flush toilets, or tankless hot water heaters.
  • Install, test, or commission solar thermal or solar photovoltaic hot water heating systems.
  • Perform domestic plumbing audits to identify ways in which customers might reduce consumption of water or energy.
  • Recommend energy or water saving products, such as low-flow faucets or shower heads, water-saving toilets, or high-efficiency hot water heaters.
  • Weld small pipes or special piping, using specialized techniques, equipment, or materials, such as computer-assisted welding or microchip fabrication.