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Plumbers install, maintain and repair pipes, drains, guttering and metal roofing, mechanical services and related equipment for water supply, gas, drainage, sewerage, heating, cooling and ventilation systems.
Installs and repairs water, drainage, gas and sewerage pipes and systems. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Fire Services Plumber, Sanitary Plumber, Water Plumber
Installs, maintains and repairs piping, ducting and equipment for heating, cooling and ventilation of buildings or vessels. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Ductfixing Plumber
Installs, maintains and designs below-ground drainage systems and associated sewerage or effluent disposal systems. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Septic Tank Installer
Installs, maintains and repairs gas mains, piping systems downstream of the billing meter, and appliances and ancillary equipment associated with the use of fuel gases, including liquefied petroleum gas systems. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Gas Main and Line Fitter, Liquefied Petroleum Gasfitter
Installs, maintains and repairs flashings, metallic roof and wall claddings and rainwater products such as gutters and downpipes. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Industrial Roof Plumber
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 87,100 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.
A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and the majority of workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification. Registration or licensing is required.
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 Plumbers who work well in a team, are hardworking and provide good customer service.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
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.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.