In Summary - Plumber
Plumbers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
Videos & Interviews
Dale O'Mahony, Apprentice Pipe Fitter
Dale O’Mahony originally started as an apprentice plumber studying at the Regional skills and training centre in Dundalk but transferred over to a pipe fitting apprenticeship soon after. Dale is passionate about pursuing a career as a pipefitter in industrial and pharmaceutical plants in the future.
Donal Kane, Plumber / Construction Super.
Donal Kane began his plumbing apprenticeship at the age of 17. Since then he has progresed through the ranks to become Construction Site Supervisor. Donal has completed several related courses including a night course Diploma in Building Services, Welding and Health & Safety.
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The Work - Plumber
Plumbers work in a variety of locations including houses, industrial and commercial buildings, ships and aeroplanes.
They use a variety of hand and power tools including wrenches, spanners, saws, cutters and welding gear.
They cut, bend, join and fix materials such as lead, copper, aluminium, plastic, zinc and iron.
Plumbers work on such technologies as underfloor heating systems, solar heating and geothermal heating systems.
Plumbers may be called out at short notice to do emergency repairs, especially in winter if pipes freeze.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding equipment.
- Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers or water heaters, or fixtures such as sinks or toilets, using hand or power tools.
- Keep records of work assignments.
- Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks.
- Direct helpers engaged in pipe cutting, preassembly, or installation of plumbing systems or components.
- Maintain or repair plumbing by replacing defective washers, replacing or mending broken pipes, or opening clogged drains.
- Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, or fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers or levels.
- Measure, cut, thread, or bend pipe to required angle, using hand or power tools or machines such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines, or pipe-bending machines.
- Review blueprints, building codes, or specifications to determine work details or procedures.
- Anchor steel supports from ceiling joists to hold pipes in place.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Interests - Plumber
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
As a plumber you will need good practical skills and you must work carefully, following specifications and often interpreting plans and drawings.
You need to be physically fit. The work involves a lot of bending, kneeling and working in cramped and awkward spaces. Plumbers use sharp and powered cutting tools and sometimes, work at height on roofs, so you must not suffer from any medical condition, such as frequent blackouts or dizziness, that could be a danger to yourself or others.
Entry Requirements - Plumber
The official entry route for a Plumber is through undertaking an apprenticeship.
Pay & Salary - Plumber
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 13k - 44k
Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 21 - 44
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Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Plumber
The growth observed in employment in this occupation has been driven by commercial sector activity. Apprenticeship registrations are growing steadily, although shortages could emerge if an increase in residential activity occurs.
National Skills Bulletin 2018