As a plumber, you install, maintain and repair pipes, drains, guttering and metal roofing, mechanical services and related equipment for water supply gas, drainage, sewerage, heating, cooling and ventilation systems. 

Other roles include a roof plumber, involving rainwater products such as gutters and downpipes. Drainers install and design below-ground drainage systems, while gasfitters install and repair gas systems. 


Average annual income for a drainer and gasfitter is higher than for a plumber. 



  • Outdoor work
  • Physical work 
  • Earn while you learn 

A typical day may involve:

  • studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the layout of plumbing systems and materials required
  • setting out and installing hot and cold water systems and associated equipment
  • installing water-based fire protections systems, including fire hydrants, hose reels and sprinkler systems
  • designing and installing sanitary plumbing and water supply systems, discharge pipes and sanitary fixtures
  • fabricating and installing soil and waste stacks
  • assembling and installing mechanical services plant, air handling and conditioning equipment and small-bore heating systems
  • installing sewerage and effluent pumping equipment and disposal systems
  • installing below-ground drainage systems and associated ground support systems
  • installing gas appliances, flues and pressure regulating devices
  • fabricating and installing metal roofing, rainwater goods and flashings

It helps to be good at:

  • Physical tasks 
  • Using tools 
  • Working at heights 
  • Communicating clearly 
  • Customer service 

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III Plumbing
  • Cert IV Plumbing and Services
  • Cert III Roof Plumbing
  • Cert III Gas Fitting
  • Apprenticeship 

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Infrastructure services 

Related Roles

  • Builder and Plumbing labourer

  • Drainage, sewer and stromwater labourer 

  • Plumber's Assistant 


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