A career in the plumbing industry is a great move. This page looks at the what sorts of jobs you’ll be doing, where your career could go, and what kinds of skills will help you in the trade.
Earn a wage from day one, and finish your apprenticeship without a massive loan hanging over your head!
Work outdoors instead of being stuck in the same office all day. As your career grows, you'll have more freedom and flexibility in your schedule to fit in more time for the things that matter, such as family, hobbies, and interests.
No two days are the same! You'll get the chance to work on a wide range of jobs throughout your career.
Plumbers do a wide variety of jobs, you could be working on a farm one day or a high rise building the next.
On any given day you could be:
Installing hot water cylinders in a multi-million dollar house
Doing bathroom renovations, putting in sinks, toilets, showers, and baths
Installing pipework in hospitals or aged care facilities
Working in an industrial plant installing pipes
Installing metal roofing and spouting systems.
You’ll often see a tradie’s van go by with “Plumbing, Gasfitting, and Drainlaying” plastered on the side.
This is because plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying (PGD) go hand in hand, and the qualifications are intertwined.
When you sign up you’ll have the choice of doing just one trade or a combination of the three. Plumbing is different. To sign up into plumbing you’ll need to do drainlaying as well. This will allow you to do a wider variety of work and increase your employability.
To find out what gasfitters and drainlayers do click on the links below:
Once you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll be able to apply for the licences you need to get started.
Many plumbers, gasfitters, and drainlayers get some experience under their belt, then start looking at taking on project management or supervising teams.
After a few years, many people get their certifying licence and go on to start their own business, increasing both their freedom and income. They also pay it forward by taking on apprentices of their own.
Others move into roles in the wider industry, such as consulting or teaching. Your plumbing, gasfitting, or drainlaying qualification is also recognised in other countries, so you can take your trade around the world.
There are some basic skills which will help you go far in your career as an electrician. You should be:
Responsible and well-organised
Happy working outdoors in any weather
Physically fit (the work involves climbing and lifting)
Able to present yourself professionally (you’ll be representing your employer and interacting with clients and other people, like members of the public).
Good at communicating with others
Flexible with working hours, as evening, weekend and on call is sometimes required
Comfortable working in places that may be dirty or confined