Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumbers install, maintain and repair piping, ducting and equipment for heating, cooling and ventilation of buildings or vessels.

Specialisations: Ductfixing Plumber.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in plumbing is needed to work as an Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber.

Tasks

  • Studies drawings and specifications to determine the layout of plumbing systems and materials required.
  • Assembles and installs mechanical services plant, air handling and conditioning equipment and small bore heating systems.

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  • $1,894 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumbers

  • 2,800 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 31 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumbers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 2,700 in 2011 to 2,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumbers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Other Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 31 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (24%).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Plumbers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Plumbers.

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction89.9
Other Services4.4
Manufacturing2.1
Retail Trade0.7
Other Industries2.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAirconditioning and Mechanical Services PlumbersAll Jobs Average
NSW10.231.6
VIC78.025.6
QLD5.620.0
SA1.77.0
WA1.810.8
TAS1.72.0
NT0.31.0
ACT0.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAirconditioning and Mechanical Services PlumbersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-196.5-5.05.0
20-2417.5-9.39.3
25-3435.2-22.922.9
35-4420.6-22.022.0
45-5412.9-21.621.6
55-593.9-9.09.0
60-642.2-6.06.0
65 and Over1.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationAirconditioning and Mechanical Services PlumbersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV79.9-21.121.1
Year 129.4-18.118.1
Year 113.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.4-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in plumbing is needed to work as an Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • plumbing licence
  • construction induction card (white card)
  • driver's licence
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Plumbers who work well in a team, are hardworking and provide good customer service.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    73% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Building and construction

    73% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Technical design

    64% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Engineering and technology

    54% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Public safety and security

    49% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2152.01 - Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters.

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.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Spend time standing

    97% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    97% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    92% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2152.01 - Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters.

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