Plumbers are essential tradesmen that keep our pipes and gutters running smoothly. Most plumbers will specialise in either construction or maintenance, although some do work in both sectors. Some duties of plumbers include building or repairing water supply and sewerage, installing waste disposal systems and installing drainage. A plumber may work on large scale projects such as hospitals and hotels or residential plumbing within private houses.
The first step towards becoming a plumber, as with most trades, is to complete an apprenticeship. A plumbing apprenticeship involves both hands on practical training and theoretical knowledge of the industry. Following completion of the course, an apprentice can attain their plumbing license.
The range of hazardous substances often found in septic or drainage plumbing may pose a risk to workers. The often wet and slippery environment also provides a number of safety hazards.
Plumbers score a 4/5 risk rating
Plumbers that work in residential plumbing certainly install or fix toilet systems within their regular tasks. However, many plumbers focus on piping and systems in the construction stage of large scale buildings such as hospitals and hotels and therefore may never be tasked with fixing toilets.
A plumbers working hours may be quite flexible or on an as needed basis; particularly for those with their own business. Many plumbers will start their work day at around 9am and will be finished by around 4pm. Those working within construction of buildings may start as early as 7am to make the most of the daylight hours.
The median salary for a plumber is $58,597, however, they may earn anywhere from $30,567 to $82,838 per annum depending on experience.
There's a variety of pathways a plumber may wish to take in terms of career progression. Some may enjoy working within a large construction company or there is great potential for starting up your own plumbing small business or franchise.
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