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Building and Plumbing Labourers perform a variety of routine tasks associated with erecting and repairing structures and facilities, maintaining stormwater, drainage and sewerage systems, excavating earth and clearing and levelling sites, and installing and maintaining piping systems, fixtures and water regulators.
Performs routine tasks in erecting and repairing structures and facilities on building and construction sites and in factories producing prefabricated building components.
Specialisations: Bricklayer's Assistant, Carpenter's Assistant, Tiler's Assistant
Performs routine tasks in maintaining drainage, sewerage and stormwater systems.
Performs routine tasks in excavating earth, clearing and levelling sites, and digging irrigation channels.
Specialisations: Grave Digger
Performs routine tasks in fabricating, laying, installing and maintaining pipes, fixtures, water meters and regulators.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Employment projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a very large occupation employing 54,700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.
A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education. Sometimes additional tickets are required to work in this job.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Building and Plumbing Labourers who are reliable, have a strong work ethic and are physically fit.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Planning and coordination of people and resources.
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.