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Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers

£16,120 Average salary at age 20
£35,360 Average Salary
46 Average hours per week

Description

Jobholders in this unit group assemble, install, maintain and repair plumbing fixtures, heating and ventilating systems and pipes and pipeline systems in commercial, residential and industrial premises and public buildings.

Main Tasks

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine layout of system;
  • Measures and cuts required lengths of copper, lead, steel, iron, aluminium or plastic using hand or machine tools;
  • Installs fittings such as storage tanks, cookers, baths, toilets, taps and valves, refrigerators, boilers, radiators and fires;
  • Tests completed installation for leaks and makes any necessary adjustments;
  • Attaches fittings and joins piping by welding, soldering, cementing, fusing, screwing or other methods;
  • Repairs burst pipes and mechanical and combustion faults and replaces faulty taps, washers, valves, etc.

Qualifications

There are no formal academic requirements although GCSEs/S grades are advantageous. NVQs/SVQs in Mechanical Engineering Services are available at Levels 2 and 3. Apprenticeships are available for plumbing and lead to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3.

UK Prospects

150800 Workforce Size
2.00% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
32589 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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