What does a plumber do?
A plumber is a business of the trade, they specialise in maintaining and installing systems used for drinking water, heating, sewage and drainage in plumbing systems. It’s a highly skilled profession of high demand, without it the world wouldn’t run properly. They work in lots of different environments, including construction sites, homes and offices. Plumbing is a key part of the construction industry. Guess what? Luckily for you, an Apprenticeship is the best route to become a plumber.
What does a plumbing Apprenticeship involve?
There are two types of plumbing Apprenticeships; intermediate and advanced. As a plumbing apprentice you learn the key aspects of what skills are required to become a plumber, you’ll develop your technical abilities, as well as learning transferable skills such as communication and team work. As a plumbing apprentice you may be expected to install hot water, cold water, sanitation, drainage and central heating on your own initiative within time.
Watch this short clip to hear first hand what the day of an apprentice plumber involves:
Plumbing companies may expect you to do the following:
- Learn about health and safety rules and regulations
- Prepare site areas
- Learn how to install domestic plumbing and heating systems.
- Install and refit bathrooms and showers, cookers, dishwashers ect
- Learn how underfloor heating works and other heating systems
- Keep a clean and tidy working environment.
- Do emergency repairs on pipes and loft tanks
- Help repair hot and cold water, and sanitation systems
- Build working relationships with your colleagues
- Read building and engineering drawings
- Investigate problems and come up with solutions
- Fix leaks and broken equipment and systems and clear blocked pipes
- Write reports and work with customer to give them quotes
Becoming a plumber is a respectable career choice and one that many consider. You should be aware of the numerous career progression options within the field, you could develop your skills further in areas such as heating, air conditioning, ventilation and renewable energy. To show you are qualified to work on gas and oil fired appliances you could join the Gas Safe Register or become certified with the Oil Firing Technical Association. With experience you could also get the opportunity to become manager of a business or even set up your own business. It’s an industry full of possibilities and potential.
Apply for plumbing Apprenticeships here
Find more information about plumbing at the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering