Plumber Careers

Discover How to Become a Plumber

Plumbers are the lifeblood of the property sector, keeping our homes, and businesses with fully function water supplies, healthy water to drink, and no annoying drips leaving you with puddles to mop or carpets ruined. For those who want to become a plumber, you’re going to have your work cut out for you, as the career is round the clock in most jobs. Pipes can burst at any time, and your customers are going to be needing you at a beacons call.

Become a Plumber

It takes a friendly approach, as you’ll mostly be working with the residential customers, dealing with sink blockages, draining jobs, pipe fitting, and sealing off water leaks.

There’s also room for you to specialise in different types of work, such as pipefitting, which will need you to have a thorough understanding of technical drawings. This type of service can be required for kitchen or bathroom installs, in both residential homes and in the construction of new build homes.

Gas fitting can also be something you can work in, helping people with boiler breakdowns, getting their heating back to working order. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of your heating system breaking, you’ll know how valuable a plumber is, in those situations.

Radiator leaks are also something you’ll find yourself being called upon. It may not sound much of a problem but when you’re dealing with expensive flooring, the costs to repair can be expensive, which is why people will look for a local plumber, and quite often someone they’ve have pleasant dealings with in the past.

How to Become a Plumber?

Entry-level courses will start out with your basic training in either of the following:

  • Level 1 Certificate covering an Introduction to Plumbing
  • Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering
  • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies

Most of the training to become a plumber will be based on the job. Going through a college course, you can work towards:

  • A Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
  • A level 2 or 3 Diploma in Installing and Maintaining Domestic Heating Systems

These certificates are awarded through the following bodies:

  1. City and Guilds
  2. EAL
  3. BPEC

The above is one route you can take into this trade, but the most commonly travelled career route is through an apprenticeship path.

Those will be dependent on the job market around your area, so you may find that they don’t come along too often. You’re best opportunity is to start training early as plumbing apprenticeships won’t be around for long when they open. When that time happens, you’ll stand a better chance if you have some plumber training under your belt, as both courses will see you gain work experience, and assessed on the job, prior to passing your exams. After that, if there is an apprenticeship opens, you can apply with confidence of your knowledge, and have the edge over other applicants, but you will have another 2 or 3 years as an apprentice, before becoming a certified plumber.

Plumbing Jobs

If you thought that plumbing was limited to unblocking blocked drains then you would be wrong, there are actually lots of different plumbing jobs that you can do.

Plumber Jobs

Self employed plumber jobs

Self employed plumbers obviously work for themselves and will often run their own company and they may even expand and take on staff.  Staff employed plumbers tend to operate in different areas of plumbing, so that they can deal with the installation of new boilers or they can deal with gas installation, fitting a new bathroom suite or installing sanitary a way of into new properties or dwellings so there is a range of jobs that they undertake.

Self employed plumbers tend to earn more money than employed plumbers, but on the other hand they do not have access to paid holidays or paid sick leave and so on.

Employed plumber jobs

Employed plumbers obviously  work for a company and they may have a specialised area or they may work generically undertaking different types of plumbing.  Many plumbers prefer to work for a company because they get holidays and sick leave and they prefer not to be self employed.  So there are benefits to be had from being an employee as opposed to being self employed or running your own company.

Employed in Public Sector

Some plumbers work in the public sector, specialising in plumbing within the NHS etc.  These roles are often highly sought after because they may also come with good pensions and benefits.

Heating Engineer Jobs

Some plumbers specialise in heating, so they are able to undertake all aspects of heating work.  This could be installing a gas boiler, the servicing of a gas boiler or ensuring that a heating system is working properly.  To be able to work as a heating engineer had you need to be Gas Safe/CORGI registered and ensure that and keep this registration up to date.

Installation Plumber Jobs

Some plumbers specialise in the installation of bathrooms, either in the domestic setting or within the commercial sector.

Domestic Plumber Jobs

Domestic plumbers do exactly what the name suggests they only work for householders, with different types of plumbing work undertaken, but not working for commercial clients, only domestic work.  These types of plumbers tend to keep busy with smaller jobs, rather than some plumbers who only work in the commercial sector.

Commercial Plumber Jobs

These plumbers are the opposite of the domestic; these will only work with commercial clients, so they tend to undertake work that tends to be quite big and may last for some time.  For example, on a big development, plumbers may be in situ for a year or more.

Something For Everyone

So really it doesn’t matter what you are in to, or what you like, there really is a plumbing job that can suit you; from unblocking a blocked sink, to working on multi-million pound developments, as well as working for yourself or being employed, there really is something for everyone!

If you have gained your plumbing qualifications and are looking for work we can help. We have got together with some of the industries leading recruiters to bring you some fantastic opportunities. Simply complete your details above.