If you’re looking for a career in the construction industry then why not take a closer look at plumbing as your career choice? Plumbing is the perfect choice if you enjoy completing practical tasks and want to gain new skills.
The day to day life for a plumber is always different with you having to get to grips with many types of tasks these may include servicing , fitting and also repairing water pipes in people’s houses and also business premises. Plumbers also carry out jobs involving heating systems, you may have to install, repair and service these also.
As a plumber you will have to be able to understand and follow technical plans and drawings, it’s also a good idea if you have a well organised approach to work. Good customer skills will be of great help to you as you will be dealing with many people throughout your days at work. You will also be up to date with and understand all the health and safety regulations that are involved in a plumbers working life.
The experience you may or may not have will determine the qualifications you’ll be required to gain, but the minimum plumbing qualification you’ll need to be able to work in a domestic home is the level 2 plumbing diploma.
What will my daily tasks be?
As we said earlier you may have to install, repair and service water pipes and also heating systems either at your customer’s homes or at business premises. Plumbers also deal with any drainage problems they service oil and gas fired central heating systems, making sure they are working correctly and are without any faults. Plumbers fit radiators and boilers and fix and install domestic appliances in the home these may involve washing machines and showers. Plumbers may also be asked to service ventilation units and also air conditioning at a business premises or in their customer’s home.
Plumbers can also add weather proof materials and also flashings to walls, chimneys and roofs.
Many of the tasks that plumbers carry out throughout their day involves the use of hand power tools and you will also use welding equipment on many of your jobs.
As you gain more and more experience you could specialise in sheet metal work where you’ll be working at commercial buildings, industrial buildings and also historical buildings.
What hours will I be working as a plumber?
On average a plumber will work 40 hours per week and of course there is always the possibility of overtime, if you’re working for someone else and not yourself. Remember though that some plumbing companies do offer their customers a 24 hour call out option which could mean working unsocial hours and also there are evenings, weekends and also public holidays to consider.
If you’re planning on becoming a self employed plumber working for yourself then you’ll have the great advantage of choosing your own working hours and days. Sometimes plumbers are called away on jobs that are quite a distance from home which may involve stays away from home, so a driver’s license would be of great advantage to you in this case.
How much money would I earn as a plumber?
If you’re a newly qualified plumber then the starting salary is between £16,500 and £21,000 per year and for more experienced plumbers it’s between £21,000 and £35,000 per year. Remember though that these rates do vary from region to region depending on where you’re living and working in the UK, with the highest rates being in the London and the South East region of the UK.
If you’re a self employed plumber then you have the luxury of setting your own rates.
What qualification do I need to begin my plumbing career?
An industry recognised qualification is required at levels 2 or 3 is required to become a fully qualified plumber, the level you need really all depends on whether you have any previous experience in the plumbing industry.
Level 2/3 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating and also Level 2/3 Diploma Installing and Maintaining Domestic Heating Systems are both the main qualifications that will be required to begin your career as a fully qualified plumber.
Full time and part time courses are available at your local college and they cover everything that’s required of you to become fully qualified. Home distance learning is also an option, however, be careful as some don’t cover enough of the practical tasks you need to succeed.
Plumbing apprenticeships are another great way into the plumbing industry whereby you’ll be trained up by an already qualified plumber. This way you’ll be gaining your practical skills by going out and about as you train up combined with your study lessons in the classroom carrying out your theory.
If you’d like more information on becoming a plumber in the UK visit www.plumbing-apprenticeships.co.uk
OK so that’s about it from me on the plumbing industry as you can see it really is an exciting and rewarding career to enter into and I wish you the very best of luck in your quest at becoming a fully qualified plumber.