- On site, Workshop, Hands-on, Planning, Problem solving, Building
- Salary Range: £16,500 - £35,000
- Nation: England & Wales
A plumber works with very little supervision and their role can be highly varied. It ranges from installing systems in new buildings to the maintenance of existing ones.
A plumber uses a range of hand and power tools for cutting,
bending and joining pipes, so you need a good understanding of how
to work safely.
They work in both domestic and commercial premises and there are
three main areas they can specialise in:
- Heating and Ventilating Service and Maintenance Operative -
this role involves servicing and maintaining heating and
ventilating components, pipe work and appliances
- Heating and Ventilating Installer - they install, test and
decommission industrial and commercial heating and ventilating
pipework systems. This could include hot water, cold water,
fire protection, heating (including gas pipework) and compressed
- Heating and Ventilating Ductwork Installation Operative - they
are specialists in installing, fitting, testing and decommissioning
You'll be measuring and doing calculations so you'll need to be
good at maths and be able to follow detailed technical diagrams and
building plans. You'll also need a head for heights.
At least four GCSEs Grades A*-C are preferred, including
English or Welsh, Maths and Science, although other qualifications
may be accepted.
(Applications from students with the Foundation or Intermediate
Welsh Baccalaureate are also welcomed).
(This is a guide to the average salary a fully
qualified and experienced person might expect to
£16,500 - £35,000
With an apprenticeship in any chosen specialism, you could
register on an appropriate Certification Scheme and progress onto a
Level 3 qualification.
After gaining work experience, there are opportunities to
progress into other job roles including: technician, designer
estimator, project manager, site/workshop supervisor/manager,
chartered engineer, sales engineer or commercial manager.