What is Plumbing?

Plumbing involves the installation, maintenance and repair of hot and cold water supplies, as well as sanitation and waste disposal systems, oil, gas and solid fuel appliances and central heating.


  • Plumber
  • Central Heating Installer
  • Plumbing Estimator
  • Air Conditioning Engineer

What skills do you need to work as a Plumber?

  • Good practical skills and hand-eye co-ordination
  • Able to follow drawings and plans
  • Analytical with good problem-solving skills
  • Methodical mind-set
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Where do Plumbers work?

Plumbers work for both public and private sector organisations. Plumbers can also work on a self-employed or contracting basis.

Typical work activities

  • Installing and maintaining heating systems
  • Fitting and repairing household appliances
  • Repairing sanitation systems
  • Responding to emergency call outs

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