What does a plumber do?

Plumbers specialise in the fitting, repairing and installation of plumbing systems in both domestic and commercial residences. A plumber’s daily duties depend on job requirements and a plumber’s specialisation, however the most common duties include installing hot water and solar systems, gas meters, metal piping and regulators. Plumbers are also required to read blueprints, repair faulty or dangerous plumbing systems, providing system tests and on pipes and other materials.


  • Repair faulty plumbing systems in domestic and commercial buildings
  • Install plumbing systems
  • Weld pipes
  • Mark out plans before installation
  • Liaise and work with other trades professionals

What skills do I need to be a plumber?

Plumbing is a rewarding trade that requires technical skills and a methodical workflow. It’s a fulfilling job that demands a level of physical fitness and strength, and a willingness to work in, at times, unpleasant conditions or spaces. Becoming a plumber also requires a keen awareness of health and safety issues and the ability to be a problem solver.

  • Pragmatic and methodical work ethic
  • Physical strength and ability to work in tight places
  • Logical thinking
  • Have problem solving skills
  • Have technical aptitude


There are a number of career paths you can choose from if you want to become a plumber. Being a qualified plumber allows you to work in a number of environments specialising in specific industry required skills. Your specialisation may be tailored to suit your own personal interests.

Sprinkler fitter

Sprinkler fitters have a very unique role specialising in plumbing systems and the installation, maintenance and repair of fire sprinkler systems in both commercial and domestic residences. It’s an important role that demands strict adherence to safety guidelines.

Roofing plumber

A roofing plumber works with plumbing systems inside roofs. Their skills are specific to working in both high and sometimes small working conditions. Roofing plumbers repair and install metal piping in roofs whilst also working on drainage systems.


A drainer works specifically with drainage systems in the home or in the workplace. They are responsible for the repair, installation and maintenance and of drainage systems in a number of locations.

Study pathways for plumbers

Although an apprenticeship is the most conventional starting point for a career in plumbing, there are a number of ways to kick-start your career in this building and construction trade.

Getting Started

There are a number of certificate-level pre-apprenticeship training courses available to you to help kick-start your plumbing career.

Skill Building

Learn industry specific skills whilst you study.

Professional Development

Add to your studies with an apprenticeship or on the job training.

Industry Recognition

Obtain your license as a certified plumber from your relevant state or territory peak body, and be ready to work in the industry.

Getting a job after graduation

Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your building and construction career. Take a look at our sample resume and cover letter and put your best foot forward when you apply for plumbing jobs.

Job Prospects and Salaries

Working as a plumber in the building and construction industry means you’ll be working in a booming industry, where demand for licensed and skilled plumbers is always high. There is strong growth forecasted for both employment levels and job opportunities.