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Plumbers lay out, test and maintain pipes, fixtures, metal roofing, fittings, gas meters and regulators. Future Growth Strong Plumbers assemble, install and repair water supply, gas, drainage, sewerage, ventilation and heating systems in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. They lay pipes and install sanitary services such as showers, sinks, baths and toilets, as well as the fixtures that enable their use. They also undertake maintenance work as part of routine servicing and emergency repairs. They may also install water-based fire protections systems like fire hydrants, hose reels and sprinkler systems. Plumbers can work anywhere around Australia, from our cities and regional centres, to country towns and isolated communities.

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ANZSCO description: Installs and repairs water, drainage, gas and sewerage pipes and systems. Registration or licensing is required.

Alternative names: Plumber and Gasfitter

Specialisations: Fire Services Plumber, Sanitary Plumber, Water Plumber

Gasfitter
A gasfitter installs, maintains, tests and repairs gas lines, meters, regulators, hot water systems and appliances.

Heating and Ventilation Plumber
A heating and ventilation plumber installs and services heating and cooling systems.

Irrigation Installer
An irrigation installer plans, designs and installs large watering systems for such environments as golf courses and parks.

Sprinkler Fitter
A sprinkler fitter installs and maintains fire protection systems.

 


Knowledge, skills and attributes

A plumber needs:

  • enjoy practical work
  • to be good with their hands
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • the ability to work in cramped spaces
  • organisational skills
  • problem solving skills
  • the ability to work on detailed and intricate projects
  • to be able to work at heights and in various weather conditions
  • able to work independently
  • physically fit and good mobility
  • good interpersonal skills

Duties and Tasks

Plumbers may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare and/or study plans and specifications to work out the layout of plumbing systems and materials needed
  • find and mark positions for connections, then cut holes through walls and floors to accommodate pipes, measure pipes and mark cutting or bending lines
  • cut, thread and bend pipes, assemble and install piping, valves and fittings, join pipe sections and secure pipes
  • test lines as required by local plumbing regulations
  • install equipment such as boilers, pumps, heating and cooling systems, gas appliances, water tanks, water heaters, solar water heating systems, fixtures such as toilets, wash basins and industrial processing units
  • maintain and repair plumbing systems.

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Working conditions

Plumbers may work either indoors or outdoors, on projects that range from household repairs to large-scale industrial installations. Their work may be dirty and unsanitary, and they may get dirty themselves. They usually work regular business hours, although some plumbers may be on call 24 hours a day to attend to emergencies.

Tools and technologies

Plumbers use a number of tools in their daily work, such as wrenches, spanners, saws, cutters and drills. They cut, bend, join and fix materials such as lead, copper, aluminium, plastic, zinc and iron. They use welding equipment for joining pipes and drainage machinery to clear drains, and may also use electrical equipment such as pipe-threading machines. They are often required to wear safety equipment such as steel-capped boots, earmuffs, safety glasses and overalls.

Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a plumber you usually need to complete an apprenticeship. The plumbing and gasfitting apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.
You may improve your chances of gaining an apprenticeship by completing a pre-apprenticeship course.

To work as a plumber in Australia, you will need to obtain the appropriate Plumbing contractor’s or Tradesperson’s licence from the Plumbers Licensing Board.


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