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What is a Plumber?

Plumbers work in the Construction Industry, installing and repairing plumbing systems and all devices that use water. Plumbers use all kinds of tools and equipment to complete a wide variety of jobs including the installation of sinks, toilets, heating and cooling systems, water tanks, dishwashers, hot waters systems etc. Plumbers may also hold a gas fitters licence enabling them to install and maintain gas systems in domestic, commercial and industrial premises.

Examples of tasks and duties:

  • Read plans and specifications
  • Maintain knowledge of local plumbing regulations
  • Find and mark position for connections
  • Assemble and install pipes, valves and fittings, join pipe sections and secure pipes
  • Install sinks and dishwashers
  • Install drainage and pipe work to a wide range of domestic, commercial and industrial properties
  • Install, service, repair and replace hot water systems
  • Unblock and repair sewerage systems
  • Install gas systems if licenced to do so
  • Clean, repair and install down pipes and water tanks

How do I get into this trade?

Solid results in Year 10 English and Maths are essential to be considered for a school-based apprenticeship in Plumbing. In addition, individuals focused on entering this trade will undertake a pre-apprenticeship Certificate II in Plumbing. Post-school, it is recommended you complete the pre-apprenticeship course if you have no experience in this area.

What does your career prospect look like?

Completing a Plumbing Apprenticeship can lead to a career as a Plumber, a Plumber and Drainer or a Gasfitter. Further studies may also lead you to a career as a Waste Water and Environmental Planner – Hydraulics Services.

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