A plumber uses a variety of tools to install and repair all forms of piping, drainage and central heating systems, both indoors and out. They also install appliances such as gas cookers and fires. They work in commercial and residential buildings.
You could be:
reading design plans to install new piping, tanks and valves throughout a building under construction
removing old and putting in new bathroom fitments in an occupied building
diagnosing faults in hot and cold water pipes, central heating systems, waste disposal and sanitation systems
The main way in is through a 4-year Modern Apprenticeship. In Scotland the organisation that handles Modern Apprenticeship training for the plumbing industry is SNIPEF (the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation).
SNIPEF do not employ apprentices or place them with an employer. You must find an employer willing to take you on as a plumbing apprentice. A few local authorities, including Glasgow, run their own apprenticeship schemes.
To get into a Modern Apprenticeship in plumbing you need a minimum of 4 subjects at National 4 or 5, preferably including English, Maths and a technological subject.
You will have to pass a selection test as part of the application process.
A driving licence is useful and often essential.
You should be physically fit and may need normal colour vision.
To work on a building site you must get a SNIJIB CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card. You must pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme.
Look for a job with private firms, local authorities, gas companies and the chemical industry.