A trade that will always be required in our home and working lives, this profession could lead to you starting your own business.
Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers
Annual pay £38,480
Workforce change 3%
The workforce is projected to expand by 3% over the period to 2024, adding
5,583 jobs. In the same period, 26% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 50,178 job openings.
Jobholders in this unit group assemble, install, maintain and repair plumbing fixtures, heating and ventilating systems and pipes and pipeline systems in commercial, residential and industrial premises and public buildings.
examines drawings and specifications to determine layout of system
measures and cuts required lengths of copper, lead, steel, iron, aluminium or plastic using hand or machine tools
installs fittings such as storage tanks, cookers, baths, toilets, taps and valves, refrigerators, boilers, radiators and fires
tests completed installation for leaks and makes any necessary adjustments
attaches fittings and joins piping by welding, soldering, cementing, fusing, screwing or other methods
repairs burst pipes and mechanical and combustion faults and replaces faulty taps, washers, valves, etc.