Drainers install, maintain and design below-ground drainage systems and associated sewerage or effluent disposal systems.

Specialisations: Septic Tank Installer.

Either extensive experience or a certificate II in drainage is needed to work as a Drainer. Drainers often complete a certificate III or IV.

Tasks

  • Studies drawings and specifications to determine the layout of plumbing systems and materials required.
  • Installs sewerage and effluent pumping equipment and disposal systems.
  • Installs below-ground drainage systems and associated ground support systems.

All Plumbers

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

Drainers

  • 4,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Drainers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 4,500 in 2011 to 4,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Drainers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% 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.

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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)
Construction90.9
Public Administration and Safety2.7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2.6
Education and Training0.8
Other Industries3.0

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.
StateDrainersAll Jobs Average
NSW24.631.6
VIC28.125.6
QLD28.820.0
SA3.37.0
WA11.610.8
TAS0.92.0
NT0.61.0
ACT2.11.9

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 BracketDrainersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.5-5.05.0
20-2413.9-9.39.3
25-3428.0-22.922.9
35-4420.3-22.022.0
45-5416.6-21.621.6
55-597.4-9.09.0
60-645.7-6.06.0
65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

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 QualificationDrainersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV74.9-21.121.1
Year 129.1-18.118.1
Year 113.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below8.5-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate II in drainage is needed to work as a Drainer. Drainers often complete a certificate III or IV.

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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. Customer and personal service

    63% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Mechanical

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Sales and marketing

    49% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  4. Building and construction

    49% Skill level

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

  5. Production and processing

    44% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Contact with people

    95% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    94% Important

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

  5. Exposure to contaminants

    92% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-4071.00 - Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners.

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