Career outlook for plumber
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would fit and repair water and heating systems and appliances in homes and businesses. People who were having problems with their water supply or heating would rely on you to get these systems up and running again as soon as possible.
- Set up and service water supplies, heating systems and drainage
- Find faults in equipment and repair them
- Install and fix home appliances like showers, cookers, gas fires and washing machines
- Service air-conditioning and ventilation units
- Attend emergency call-outs to fix leaks, for example during cold weather
- Fit weather-proof materials to roofs, chimneys and walls.
- Use hand and power tools, including welding equipment
- Replace gas boilers and gas heating with renewable energy systems such as heat pumps
You would need to be good at following technical plans. You’d also need to have a good understanding of safety rules.
As an experienced plumber, you might specialise in sheet metal work for industrial, commercial or historical buildings.
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